Circle Lake Trail

February 24, 2008

We had a great day! The crew of nine — Dick Hildreth, Susan Wanser, Chrissy Anderson, Lubos Hubata-Vacek, Bea Fontana, Sue Wolling, Dave Jensen, Pat Hutchins and Laurie Funkhouser — arrived at Ray Benson/Hoodoo at about 10:00 a.m. surrounded by light snow flurries. We geared up and climbed the six plus foot wall of snow to start on our adventure. Started out on the North Loop Circle Trail and stopped at the North Blowout shelter which was virtually buried by snow! After a snack, Dick led us bushwhacking to Circle Lake and reconnected with Circle Lake trail. With 4–6 inches of new snow, it was a great ski day . . . so we continued to the Island Junction Shelter where Pat and Bea had success in building a fire in the stove and let us lunch in warmth! (Greatly appreciated!) The sun flirted with the clouds as we continued on Circle Lake Trail and headed to Brandenburg Shelter; another stop which included picture taking. Then onward to the South Loop and back to the Ray Benson Sno Park. Gentle snow fell almost the entire trip, less than a half dozen people, temperature about 30–32 plus a fun crew made for an excellent trip. Thank you!


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