Saturday, November 22, 2014

Elevation Day

A steep day covering 2300 feet of elevation (1150 up, 1150 down) spread over just 7.6 miles!
One of our favorite sections of this route as we transition out of the thick forest and into a
wide open, beautiful meadow.
The steepness of today's route means we rarely encounter any other skiers or snowshoers on our outing. Snowmobile tracks are common, but the only ski tracks are the ones we make. That is, you need either a gas engine (snowmobile) or fur engine (sled dogs) to enjoy this steep trail. Your reward for the climb is the open meadow you are treated to at the high point of the outing (the meadow shown in the previous photo).

Follow along for today's fun...
"Great climb, great meadow, great snow, great time!" express the happy pair as we pause after
leaving the snowmobile track to set our own tracks across the meadow.
Most of the route is spent going up & down trails in a pine-filled forest.

In addition to snowmobiles and sled dogs, guess what else likes the meadow at the top of the route? MOOSE!!!! The meadow is marsh-like most of the year, exactly the type of terrain that moose like!
"Fresh moose tracks!" exclaim the head dunking partners.

A great day on the trails, just ask Max:
"Yep, I had a great time!" says happy Max when we arrived back at the trailhead.

A 7.6 mile outing with 1150 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 21 days on the trails covering 166.8 miles with 18350 feet of elevation climbed.

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