Cone Peak

February 28, 1998

The threat of rain was not enough to keep this hardy group of hikers indoors. It seems that even a wet snowshoe hike is more exciting than another rainy Saturday at home. Morning snow showers were turning to steady rain as we arrived at the Tombstone Pass SnoPark. A short walk east of the SnoPark took us to the South Peak trailhead. We put on our snowshoes and waddled up into deep snow. The summer hiking trail climbs an easy grade through beautiful old-growth forest, but it is not marked for winter travel. The leader was partly able to follow the trail from memory and by watching for sawed logs. Treedrip and steady rain forced us to keep our rest breaks brief. The group made good time with few complaints. Visibility at the saddle between Iron Mountain and Cone Peak was about 100 yards and there was a steady wind blowing. We lingered there only long enough to take a group photograph. Our packed track made for a quick trip back to the cars. The group’s cheerful enthusiasm made for an enjoyable day, despite the weather. Snowshoers were Lynette Boone, Michael Bryant, Barbara Bruns, Boris Galitsky, John O’Leary and Brian Hoyland (trip leader).

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