On your mark, get set... GO! (see photo below ;-)
We explored a new twist on Indiana Creek on this outing. After starting up the Indiana Creek trail from the winter trailhead, our typical route involves either (a) cutting a left and shooting up the side of the gulch to connect to Boreas Pass; or (b) cutting a right and shooting up to crest at the high point between Indiana Creek and Pennsylvania Creek. Today, though, we instead bypassed both of these lefts & rights and continued to hug and follow Indiana Creek all the way. This route took us on a gentle 900 foot climb deep into the gulch until we ran out of "human skiable terrain".
The Siberians wanted to keep going, but eventually we hit a point surrounded by steep avalanche prone terrain or heavily wooded, low branch terrain. Max & Zorro's take, "What's wrong with this heavily wooded path? We see 3 foot high openings amongst the branches!" You try explaining to them that I am much taller than 3 feet...
The last 1/2 to 3/4 miles of the "out direction" found us out-skiing all existing tracks and breaking trail in about 10-15 inches of untouched powder. We were then able to happily sprint through 10+ inches on the return path down. A Siberian Good Time!
Vital Stats: 6.6 miles; 75m total time; 65m skijoring time (10m for a break at our high point and waiting for misbehaving loose dogs back at the trailhead); 23 MPH top speed; 900 feet of elevation gain.
|Stopped at our "turnaround point" - Max & Zorro see no problem with|
continuing forward into the thick trees. I looked every direction and saw
heavy branches 3-4 feet off the ground with no path to continue. Darned
human always makes us turnaround!
|A look back at our final ascent along Indiana Creek before we ran out|
of skiable terrain. Having a blast galloping through 10-15 inches of
|I "set the ski poles" as we were to take a break before turning around. Love|
that feeling of driving your ski pole into the snow and watching it proceed
to sink 2/3rds of the way down!
|Zorro the headless Husky exploring the depths of the snow at our break point.|