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Bunchgrass Creek Ski/Snowshoe, 15 February, 2015

The warm and dry weather made the trails below 6000 feet elevation, including the scheduled Wood Camp trail, muddy and icy, so we decided to go to Bunchgrass Creek. Seven people gave the uncertain spring-like conditions a try: Jeanne, Dave W, Jane, Kathy C, Chris, Deanna, and Dave P (leader).

As it turned out the trail was entirely covered by hard snow, and was even somewhat groomed by people dragging sleds to the yurt. Five of us were on snow shoes, which was the best equipment for the conditions. Dave W survived on skis (hard and crusty conditions) and Dave P used boot cleats (too soft in spots to avoid sinking).

On the way we met the owners of the yurt and their friendly big white dog Kramer. We had lunch at Goring Pond in the glorious warm sun and strolled back.

Trip Summary:

  • Carpooled 23 miles to the Bunchgrass parking area
  • Started on the trail, 10:45
  • Lunch near Goring pond, 12:15 - 12:45
  • Return to cars at 1:45 and Logan by 2:20
  • Clear sky, mostly calm wind, unseasonably warm temperature
  • 3. 7 miles, 770 feet

Thanks to Dave P. for narrative and photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS work

Kramer
Kramer the Kuvasz (Hungarian livestock dog)

Trail

Approaching Goring Pond

Lunch

Lunch near Goring Pond

Trail

On the Bunchgrass Creek Trail

Crossing

Creek

Compare the 2015 creek crossing with 2014 (right) There was MUCH more snow in March 2014

 

GPS

Our GPS track showed 3.7 miles and 770 feet of elevation

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