Mar 23, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Challenge Level: Moderately Strenuous to Strenuous - planning to go up to 10 miles roundtrip and 2000 gain - means being on the move for 4-5 hours
Trail Details: It's possible there won't be much snow at the bottom of the road so plan on carrying snowshoes a bit. I read that the Deer Creek Gate on the Mtn Loop is now open so that means the highway is free of snow. We can park at the beginning of the road as the usual route is 10 miles roundtrip and about 2000 gain. I have done this one once before. It was all snowed in at that time and just lovely.
Weather Forecast: mostly sunny with little chance for rain or snow showers with snow level at 3500 feet; freezing level 2000 feet but rising to 3500 as the day progresses (March 22)
Bring: lunch, drinks, money for carpool drivers and in case we want to stop for dinner on the way home, snowshoes and poles (trekking or ski poles both work)
Clothing: NO JEANS OR COTTON! Please have moisture wicking/waterproof layers and extra clothing for when we stop for lunch - cools down quickly. Usually waterproof hiking boots are good for this type of activity.
Dogs ok only IF you are sure they can make it the whole trip and if they have predictable behavior - as in don't bite or steal food etc.
***Please comment if you are willing to be a driver, have a Forest Service/DNR pass . . .**