Gold Lake

January 3, 2004

To much snow? Five folk convened at the parking lot and we picked up a snow-shoer from George Baitinger’s trip so that two cars drove carefully to the Gold lake parking area. We warmed ourselves briefly in the hut and then skied across the lot to the trail. We encountered a very deep track; the sides came up past my knees making poling very awkward and there was also fresh snow in the track. There was little, if any, glide. But much snow on the trees and we were first on the trail that day. We scrambled up to the warming hut where we met a couple and a friendly dog who were camping. We fired up the wood stove, lunched and chatted with them. The plan had been to return via the Marilyn lakes trail but it was clear this meant breaking new trail all the way. We did view the creek and did break trail to look at Gold lake, but decided to just retrace our path back to the cars. We encountered Wayne Deeter back in the ski patrol hut (where were you when we needed trail broken, Wayne?) before returning. Both of our cars had snow tires and driving was not a problem. Enjoying the abundance of snow were nonmember Craig Weinman, and members Charles Durham, Bob Huntley, Ed Lichtenstein (leader), Carol Petty, and Tom Woxell.

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