Summit Sno-Park to Summit Shelter 3-7-18

Photos by Dan and Diana

Most of us were expecting to be snowshoeing on crud today since there had been no new snow since the previous Friday and temperatures up here had been ranging from the 20s up to the high 40s. But we were delighted to find 1 to 2 feet of nice soft snow. Temperatures during the day stayed in the 40s.

Our way was nicely groomed for the the first mile or so on Powerline and Lower Canal. However, once we made the turn onto McLoughlin we had to break our own trail. Thanks to everyone that helped break trail, and special kudos to Diana and Nanci who did more than their share.

We were at the shelter just a little after noon and we enjoyed lunch there before heading back. Then the sun came out as we were heading down Pitt View. Made for nice views and photos of Brown Mountain and Mt. McLoughlin, but it certainly added to our work load as the snow softened and some of us began to exhibit a nice glow.

The 100' of uphill on the McLoughlin trail didn't look like much on the topo when we planned the hike, but the uphill in the sun with sticky snow balling up on the bottoms of our snowshoes gave us a good workout.

We repaired to Four Daughters for refreshments.

Track download: Summit Shelter.gpx

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