Once the invitation to snowshoe to Anderson Lake went out, it quickly became apparent that it would be a popular trip. Then an unsettling question came up. What if nobody has been down to the lake since the recent snowstorms? So on Saturday (the 18th) Jim, Lindsay, Cathy, David and Bill went out to check. We were in deep untracked snow within 100 meters of the road. It took us an hour to go the first half kilometer through a recently logged area with lots of small trees just below the snow. Once down to a logging road our progress improved, and we were able to pack a trail to Little Anderson Lake.
As an alternative to our mob, Bill Jorgensen offered a trip into Paradise Meadows on Sunday. That brought our Anderson Lake group down to a more manageable 16. The first half kilometer on the packed trail took less than 20 minutes, and MUCH less energy than the day before. Our packed trail ended where we stopped at Little Anderson Lake. About a half dozen volunteers from our group were keen to take turns breaking trail, so we made it to the big lake for a well deserved lunch break. We all appreciated the packed trail back to our vehicles.
Photos by Peter, Gary, Dawn and Cindy.
Meanwhile farther up the mountain, Bill Jorgensen reports....
Our weather was absolutely beautiful for our mountain snowshoe outing. The group of 6 were enthusiastic to head out onto the trails. We headed out to travel to the end of Battleship lake and back. The day was so magnificent that we all decided after lunch to change plans and do the whole Battleship, Helen Mckenzie loop. It turned out to be an excellent choice as the trail was well traveled and wonderful. Along the way there were a few falls and lots of laughter. We enjoyed a very conversational debrief at Raven Lodge before descending the mountain back to town.
Photos by Steve, Katie and Bill.
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