It was a "trail breaking day" as we climbed far & high into the backcountry to find Sunday trails all to ourselves!
|Climbing a steep section of trail before cresting onto a plateau.|
Siberian Uphill Power at its best!
Weekends are typically crowded days on the popular cross country trails; so we tend to go to places less traveled on these busy days. Today was such a day as we headed to one of the most hard to access snow caches high above French Gulch. It is a steep climb to get there; but you are rewarded with miles of untouched snow and the chance to lay fresh tracks on the "main trails" and break trail in 8-12 inches of snow on the "side trails". Highlights of the days action below:
|Breaking trail in 10+ inches of snow on a little used side trail. Gangline taut as the|
Siberians are working hard to plow through the snow and tow me along.
|Laying fresh tracks on the main trail. Snowmobiles occasionally pack down the main trail; but|
it is still sufficiently unused to be fresh tracks most days.
|More breaking trail in a nice downhill trot & hop in 8-12 inches of snow!|
|"Great day! Great snow all to ourselves!" express my happy partners as they look back when|
I called out to 'wait' while I check the GPS to see whether we have time to go further or
head back to the trailhead.
Stats for the day: 7.2 miles with 1200 feet of elevation climbed, a top speed of 17 MPH and breaking trail most of the day. A great way to spend a Sunday Funday away from the crowds!