|Pausing & taking in the sights.|
The original plan was to do French Gulch up to French Pass and back (about 8 miles roundtrip and 2000 feet elevation gain). Due to extremely deep snow, we modified our route and did a sprint out & back remaining within French Gulch - a 5.9 mile roundtrip with only a modest 500 feet in elevation.
The Route: French Gulch Winter Trailhead up French Gulch Road hugging French Gulch for just unter 3 miles then returning on the same path.
Vital Stats: 5.9 miles roundtrip, 1h 15m total time, 58m moving time, 6.1 MPH average, 16 MPH top speed!
|The "turnaround point" - no sign of the official trail, powder in excess of 4 feet deep!|
|Zorro exploring deep into the snow.|
Max coming up for air.
|Max using Zorro as a step stool to get a peek at the "path ahead"|