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Schweitzer Nordics, cloudy and snow

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Schweitzer Nordics, cloudy and snow

Hike #392


24°    cloudy2  snow showers

Feb 21, 2011…Nordics…hike # 392

With President’s weekend in full swing, we thought about the firehouse but drove up to the village to check the lots and the crowds anyway. Parking today was $15.00 but there was another free parking lot just below so we headed there. I can’t believe how many cars poured in after we did, and almost before we got out of the truck. There was so much great snow in the last week and skiers are proclaiming that it is the best powder in many years. They are ecstatic.

The day was overcast…not too cold and just the usual wind at the lot and in the village, where we spent a fair amount of time watching the little kids and the rest of the crowds. So many tiny ones…took pics of some of the shortest…one little girl was on her first time out, her mom said as she snapped pics of her precious little one…just turned two years old. That is a mere 24 months!  

We decided to try something a little different…headed on the snowshoe trail…Screech Owl…and then did some trick off trail stuff down a steep hill. When we got to ‘Steve’s Creek’, I noticed some tracks heading over it and suggested we check it out. Well, it took us to places we had never been before, and we thought we had seen it all. Down and down we went and I kept thinking we would eventually have to go back up and up! Met a snowshoe couple coming up…they said the trail sort of ended and they just turned around. When we got to that point, I thought I spotted some more tracks up ahead and I was right. So followed them for a while till we began to hear noise…what a surprise that were close to the bottom of the Musical Chair run, where we always used to start from! So back tracked some, and when we thought it was safe, we headed up a very steep hill, hoping to come out in familiar territory. Thankfully we did and were now back on a main snowshoe trail.

Now on to Grrr Trail, then Overland and then up to Picnic Point. We huddled behind the little shed there to eat a snack, but the ground wasn’t level and not comfortable. I suggested we unhitch the door and go inside, which we did…it was good to sit down and have mango and hot chocolate. We have gone inside just once before in a wild blowing blizzard…that felt really good. We could see some sporadic snowflakes and eventually it began to snow nicely.  

From here we headed to Cougar Gulch and Boomerang…the latter still was not groomed but that is fine with us…we much rather snowshoe thru deep snow than walk on the flat Nordic trails…much more fun. We walked past the big ‘hole’ from two weeks ago…more than a foot of snow had fallen so the hole was much less visible now making it much more dangerous. We carefully walked past it. On and on we went, till we finally got to Cloudwalker Tr…and what a shock to see that it was already 2:45! We ate our lunch and headed back to the village down the cat track. By now the snow was falling hard. So many people, and so many kids, all enjoying some of the best conditions in a long time.  Spent a bit more time in the village people watching…then headed down to the truck. That we only hiked 7 miles today was a surprise…but it was much steeper and generally harder than usual.

Left home                       9:40

Started                           10:40

Back to village                 3:40     

Total miles hiked            7 miles 

Total hiking time             5 hours


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Betsy Fulling Betsy Fulling In 2002, after a bout with cancer and wanting her energy back, Betsy Fulling began hiking with her husband Jim. Regardless of the weather they go into the high country every week - in eight years, she has only missed five times.

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Picnic Point, Overland, Cougar Gulch, Boomerang, Schweitzer Nordics, Cloudwalker Trail, Screech Owl, Grr Trail, Steve's Creek

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