Fawn Lake Snowshoe Hike


This is a 6-mile (3 miles each way) hike up 600 feet to a lake with a beautiful view of the mountains between Odell and Crescent Lakes. The trail crosses some side hills and has enough elevation gain to be a pretty good workout.

The picture above shows my first attempt to get to Fawn Lake. I got the SUV stuck in deep snow for 3 or 4 hours (I won't make that mistake again!), and didn't have time to make it all the way up.

I'll be pulling my experimental "pulk" sled with some dry firewood so we can start a fire by the lake. I'll also bring an ax and bow saw so we can try adding more wood to the fire. If we can find a good hill, we can go sledding too.

I have 3 extra pairs of snowshoes, 2 MSR Denali Evo (men or women), and a Yukon Charlie 9X30 (men). Email me to see if they're still available. Last time, none of the Maybe people showed up, so please change your Maybe to Yes or No by the night before. If you want to drive, have a snopark pass and 4-wheel drive. I have room for 4 extra people in my SUV.

We'll be out in the cold at the lake for awhile, so bring a very warm (down if you have it) coat, waterproof raincoat with hood, snow pants (NO COTTON or JEANS), waterproof gloves, and a warm, ski-type hat. Bring something for lunch, and some water.


Lakeview Mountain from Fawn Lake

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Pulk Sleds

Pulk sleds are used to haul heavy camping gear in winter instead of carrying it on your back. Many people pull them with a rope, and quickly find out that the sled goes out of control a lot of the time. Running the rope through PVC pipe helps keep the sled from over-running you on downhills, but provides little control on side hills or turns.

I've been trying different sled ideas for 2 years, and finally have an easy to build system that's almost ready to put on a website. I'll be taking some video and pictures of (and from) the sled on this trip to use for the website, so I may take a little extra time. If you don't mind pulling the sled for awhile, or taking some pictures of me pulling it, I would greatly appreciate it.

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  • Bill B

    Wow, this was a great trip! Thanks a million to Chad and Dave for pulling those pulk sleds for me through some pretty challenging trails. Dave figured out the best way to keep a sled from going into a tree hole (run!). The sleds are ready for extended camping trips.

    February 22, 2010

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