Bunchgrass Creek Ski/Snowshoe, 14 March, 2020
There were eleven hikers, four on skis and seven on snowshoes: Kathy, Michelle, David, Susan, Jane, Dave W, Teresa, Gary, Brent, Kris, and Dave P (leader). Even though the weather had been warm and dry, there was still plenty of snow in Bunchgrass. The skiers benefited from half an inch of new snow on the dense base. The trail is signed for non-motorized use, but it had been rutted by a snowmobile.
The group spread out into several smaller groups due to the need to adjust apparel as we heated up from climbing and cooled down from light sleet, and to clear wet snow stuck to snowshoes. We made it to Goring Pond by 12:15 for lunch with a good view to the other side of the Logan River. Most everyone was a bit damp but not cold. During lunch we had a smorgasbord of snowfall, sun, clouds, and breeze. Dave W and Jane offered us giant Saint Patrick day cookies with green frosting, but no one thought of bringing pie for pi day (3.14).
For skiers the snow was slow, which made the downhill run less exciting, but, on the plus side, no one fell. The snowshoers strolled along, chatting and enjoying the spring-like weather. The hike downhill went quickly and we made it back to Smith’s Marketplace by 2:15.
Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative, Kris, Kathy and Jane for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.