Grouse Gap 3-16-16

Photos by Judy, Keeley and Dan

Today was likely our farewell snowshoe for the 2015/2016 winter. The morning started out with overcast and the occasional sun break but we had full sun by lunch time. The temperature climbed from the high-30s into the low-40s but it felt dramatically warmer in the full sun.

Coming down off of Rabbit Ears we were thwarted in our westward advance by a 20' drop along the ridge line so we backtracked and headed lower across the open field. After a few stops to reconnoiter we eventually found our way to the Grouse Gap shelter where we enjoyed lunch in the sun with a nice view of Shasta.

Most of the group quickly learned to avoid passing under snow bomb dropping trees. But it was an ongoing issue, especially as the day warmed up. The snow went from icy hard in the morning to slush by the time we got back to the TH.

We enjoyed refreshments on the deck at the Caldera Tap house.

Ashland Hiking Home

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