Smithfield Canyon Ski/Snowshoe, 20 February 2022
Three hikers: Kathy, Ralph, Brent(leader) and six skiers: Chris D., Carina, Chris C.,. Dave P., Jane and Dave W. gathered under gray skies for a trip up Smithfield Canyon.
We departed from the trailhead in calm, cloudy conditions. The snow was more firm than expected, causing our skiers to shed layers as they worked hard to get up the icy grade. Perhaps inspired by the Winter Olympics, we encountered more people than usual enjoying the trail.
Lunch was at our traditional spot, 2.5 miles up the trail at the gate. Temperatures were still mild but an up canyon wind had us reaching for hats and gloves.
Hard, fast snow created challenges for our skiers descent, but everybody returned without incident. The general consensus at the end of the day was that walking with spikes was a better choice in these conditions.
Thanks to Brent, Jane, and Ralph for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.