Author: Philip Carcia

Hancocks via Arrow Slide

Date of Hike: Friday, February 1st, 2019. Trail Conditions: Unconsolidated snow, drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: We departed the trailhead at the hairpin turn around 11:00AM and followed the Hancock Notch Trail to the Cedar Brook Trail, to the Hancock Loop Trail intersection. Once we reached the...

Mount Isolation

Date of Hike: Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow, drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: Wide variety of conditions on this hike, as one would expect in Winter on the Rocky Branch Trail. Our group consistently navigated a mix of hard-packed snow, unbroken snow, and heavily...

Mount Cannon via Lonesome Lake

Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 22th 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow. Deep drifted powder.  Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: Departed Lafayette Campground at 12:00PM this afternoon and followed the Lonesome Lake Trail up to Lonesome Lake. The initial 1.1 mile section was hard packed and easy to bare-boot.  After...

Mount Carrigain via Signal Ridge

Title: Mount Carrigain via Signal Ridge. Date of Hike: Thursday, January 17th 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow, Drifted powder.  Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes, Microspikes. Comments: The two mile road walk along Sawyer River Road was packed well with snowmobile traffic. Signal Ridge Trail showed signs of previous travel, but...

East Peak, Osceola

Title: East Peak, Osceola. Date of Hike: Sunday, January 13th 2019. Trail Conditions: Packed snow, Deep drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Microspikes, Crampons, Snowshoes.  Comments: Greenley Pond and Mount Osceola Trails were packed well and solid enough for spikes all the way up to East Osceola Peak. Crampons wouldn’t...

Garfield, Galehead, Twins

Title: Garfield, Galehead, South Twin, North Twin. Date of Hike: Saturday, January 12th 2019.  Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow, Deep drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes.  Comments: Team of 4 followed a set of XC ski-tracks up Gale River Road and within a mile of Garfield Summit. Heavy, unbroken snow...

Tom, Field, Willey Loop

Avalon Trail had hard-packed snow all the way to Mount Field, with various sections of shin-deep powder. Willey Range Trail out to Mount Willey was choppy, with knee-deep drifted powder worthy of snowshoes. The crossing between Field and Mount Tom Spur was equally choppy, though drifts were far less...