Mt. Ashland Snowshoe 12-17-14

We snowshoed Mt. Ashland today.  We really did.

We started out carrying our snowshoes on FS 20 because there wasn't all that much snow there and the Sno-Cat had done a nice job of grooming for us.  We didn't put on our snowshoes until we were about half way up FS 300.

Our original plan was to head up FS 300 to the ridge behind Mt. Ashland, traverse over to above Grouse Gap, drop down to the shelter for lunch and then to return via the road. But as we were heading up FS 300 we decided to continue on up to the summit and then to drop down through the not-yet-open ski area. On the ski area side we saw one snowboarder that had climbed up for a shred and one skier on his way up for a run.

The temperature hovered around freezing all day with sleety snow and wind on the south side. Once we crossed over the summit we were largely out of the wind and the falling snow was softer.

Coming down through the ski area was interesting. Higher up there were several feet of soft snow that we could use as a brake to work our way down the ski runs and through the trees. This worked reasonably well until we hit small tree wells or pockets and dropped right in. So, lots of getting ourselves up out of the snow today.

We decided to forgo lunch on the mountain and instead headed to Callahan's for a late lunch.

Ashland Hiking Home

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