Saturday, October 24, 2015

Mt Evans

This morning's skijor took us on a fun climb up and down Mt. Evans.
Zipping along one of the less steep pitches of the trail - wheeee!

The first truly good snowfall of the season for Colorado started this past Thursday and not all trails got as much snow as others. As a result, we were in "snow seeking" mode and looking for where in the state was the best snow stash. It turns out that Mt. Evans was a real winner for this storm. So, we got up early and hit the road for a slightly longer than usual ride to the trailhead for toes on snow.

Nearing treeline on our ascent up Mt. Evans Rd. Max is riding in the set track from previous
skiers while Zorro is able to trot "out of track" as the snow was not too deep up high as
strong winds had blown quite a bit of powder off the top.
About 3 miles on the way up and we hopped through some deeper snow to inspect the "Mt Evans
Nature Center" (closed for winter, but still entertaining to sniff & inspect) before continuing
up higher.

Eventually the winds got quite strong above treeline, so we turned around and headed back down. A steep but very fun outing up & down Mt. Evans.

No, Max & Zorro are not attempting to take us over a cliff. Our noses brought us to the edge
to glance at wildlife before continuing onward & upward.
On the way down, we stopped to give a skier directions & info about following our tracks up.
"Can we go now?" asks happy Max. "Hope we helped!" states curious Zorro watching the skier
start up without Siberian Assistance (how silly to ski without sleddog assistance!)

An energetic climb up Mt. Evans followed by a gentle glide down: 7.6 miles covered with 1400 feet of elevation climbed.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 2 days on the trails covering 16.7 miles with 2500 feet of elevation climbed.

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