Summit Sno-Park 1-27-16

There were only three of us today braving the elements.  Well, braving the elements might be a bit strong. We basically had full sun all day except for a brief interlude of high hazy sun at lunch. Temperatures were in the high 30s and low 40s with no wind. There was about 6" to 8" of soft snow from last Sunday's storm on top of the very solid 70" base.

With Hank in the lead we rocketed up an already trail broken Lower Canal at 2+ MPH. We began breaking our own trail after the the turn onto Pitt View and passed our usual lunch spot around 11:20.

After we turned onto Petunia we were following snowshoe and / or cross country tracks that had 4" to 6" of soft snow in them.  The problem with those cross country skiers is that they just don't make their tracks wide enough.

We found a sunny spot for lunch at the top of the tree nursery with nice views of Pelican Butte at 10 miles and Mt. Ashland at 35 miles. After a Hank lunch (naturally) we were back on our way and soon back to the car.

Unfortunately, our rapid completion of the circuit got us to Buffalo Wild Wings before happy hour, so we had to pay the big bucks for our refreshment.

Ashland Hiking Home

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