Pederson Nordic Trail 1-29-18

Photos by Bob

We headed out with 14 hikers and their snow shoes to an uncertain snow situation. We found the snow had melted along the trail and decided, with a few exceptions, to forget about snow shoes. The trail was easy to walk to the Brown Mountain Shelter where we took a break for a picture. 

Afterwards we decided to lengthen the hike by using the loop done by the Wednesday Group the week before. A few returned the way we came because they had snow shoes. We ran into more snow along the way and oddly enough there was more snow on the roads where it was exposed to the sun. Some vehicles had passed so we could walk in tire tracks or on snowmobile tracks.

Liz and I were on the previous hike but had underestimated how far we had walked before taking a left turn into the woods. We checked out one or two places and decided we weren't there yet. Between Bob having the GPS (with no track) and my recalling that we were going down a long hill when we turned, we eventually found the trail. Liz scouted ahead, finding a very well-marked turn with arrows pointing at the trail and it took us directly to the highway, just down from the parking. Note that we did not go right by the trail, with all the arrows, as we did on Wednesday, when the blather factor negated a GPS with a track.

There was some deeper snow again in the woods but it soon ended and we were  back at the snow park in no time  

We then emulated our Wednesday brethren by heading for Caldera where Ashland Amber remains the staple ale. It turned out to be a great day, even without the snow shoes. Kudos to our hardy hikers who either never lost confidence in their leaders or alternatively faked it very well. 

Ashland Hiking Home

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