Hike Distance: 6.2 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 341.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 796 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 38179 feet
I decided on a forest road hike for a change, but didn’t know what to expect as far as snow levels. It was actually a fairly nice day and I was hoping for clear roads. I also reduced the thickness of my leg lift to 3mm for evaluation of my back.
It didn’t take long before the snow was piling up on the sides of the road. Evidently, the roads had been plowed, and I suspected logging or some other activity was going on? I intersected a side road after about one mile and it was totally covered in about six inches of snow! The elevation was about 1400 feet, which sure seemed very low.
I kept to the main road, since it was clear, until I reached another side road at 2.5 miles out. I decided to turn onto this snow covered road for two reasons; there were tracks from a large vehicle, and there was a nice view in about another mile. The snow on this road varied from about 8 -14 inches deep! I followed the truck tracks, which somehow actually made it far beyond where I stopped.
The truck must have had a tough time as there was evidence of sliding at many locations. Walking along the tracks wasn’t terribly easy as there was a compressed layer of snow at the bottoms of the track, and I had no micro-spikes. I kept going until I reached the viewpoint, and was pleased I didn’t turn around, although I thought about it often. I thought I saw cougar tracks on the snow, and that put me on high alert, but I didn’t turn around due to that factor.
Turning around I slowly made my way back to the main road. Unfortunately, my back got a twinge of pain just before reaching the main road. Needless to say, that night and the next day were not kind to my back. 😦 I still found the hike well worth it. This was a tougher hike for me and gave me an indicator about where my capability was.