The temperature was above freezing all day. It snowed, it rained, and we even got a glimpse of the sun. There was a little bit of new snow on the lower sections of the trail, but after the junction with the Pretty Lake Trail where our trail turned north, we began to run into patches of hard snow and ice under the Douglas firs. When the trail turned to the west and started to flatten out, conditions were great with about 4 inches of fresh snow. We reached Fawn Lake after 1-3/4 hours of skiing and took a short lunch break. Instead of skiing over the icy patches on the way back, we decided to head up to Pretty Lake and make a loop out of the trip. Unfortunately, by following compass bearings we kept running into areas that were too steep or thick stands of trees that made us veer off course. At one point, we saw fresh ski tracks. “Oh, look! Someone else has been here. Let’s follow their tracks.” And then, “Oh wait, those are our tracks.” We saw a big hill and after rechecking our maps, we knew it separated us from Pretty Lake. We figured we would skirt around the hill and ski down the drainage to intersect Cold Creek, but when we saw Fawn Lake again to our left, we said “To heck with it! We’ll just go back the way we came.” At least some good came out of meandering in the woods like Moses and the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years: There was more time for fun in the snow, we reached the critical point where time spent skiing was greater than time spent driving, and it snowed enough during the time we were going around in circles that the icy patches on the trip back to the trailhead had a nice cover making them much more pleasant to ski over. All in all, it was another great day to ski!Members: Brian Hamilton, John Hartman, Sue Wolling.
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