Smithfield Canyon, 14 February, 2021
Thirteen Cache Hikers turned out for the Smithfield canyon winter trip, Dave W., Jane, Dave P., Kathy, Susan, David, Michelle, Robert, Brent, Ralph, Richard, Ophelia, and Dan (the leader). Jack joined us on the trail, for a total of 14 participants. Most were on snowshoes but Dave W., Jane, Brent, Dave P. and Jack were on cross-country skis. We started out about 10:45 a.m. in cold temperatures and six inches of fresh snow. .
We broke trail uphill through the beautiful new snow with cold fingers next to the quiet sounds of Summit Creek. Ophelia turned back before lunch to meet friends. Upon reaching the gate and summer trailhead most of the group stopped for lunch about 12:15. Four hikers, Dave W, Michelle, Ralph and Dan, continued up the trail for a short distance to the South Fork Summit Creek crossing, before returning for lunch with the others. Kathy and Jane shared chocolates and cookies to help celebrate this Valentine's Day activity.
After lunch we started back down about 1:00, separating into groups with the faster skiers going ahead. Dan, Susan and Dave P. stopped to watch black-capped and mountain chickadees and take pictures of the snowy slopes.
We regrouped at the bottom near the bridge and arrived at the cars at approximately 2 p.m.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative and photos, Dave P., Ralph and Ophelia for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.