Moon Prairie 2-27-13

The temperature was about 32o F when we arrived at the TH. Hazy sun in the morning giving way to full sun at lunchtime and in the afternoon. Warmed up into the high 40s by the time that we got back to the car.

Moon Prairie Road heading south was snowcat groomed all the way down until we turned off at Hoxie Creek where we started the loop going clockwise. On the loop we broke trail in 4" to 5" of mostly soft new snow from last weekend although there were some crispy sections. We had lunch at Alex Junction in a sunny spot under a tree. After lunch we made the turn and followed the loop trail back to Moon Prairie Road. All the trails are nicely blazed.

Moon Prairie is quite an interesting snowshoe. The track that we followed crossed both private and BLM land. Impressive forest management evident here. Relatively small projects had been cut at various times over the years and nicely replanted with a variety of trees.

On the way back we noticed a snow covered peak on what appeared to be the west flank of Mt. McLoughlin. None of us remembered a bump there so we looked it up on the topo and decided that it was probably Rustler Peak about 12 miles north of McLoughlin. McLoughlin itself is about 12 miles north of Moon Prairie.

We were able to partially rehydrate at the Black Sheep.

Ashland Hiking Home

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