Tait’s Loop via PCT

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Leader: Mike Smith
SShoe: 7.5 miles, 1100 ft (Difficult)

Five of us did a hike that I hoped would work. I looked at a couple of weather models a week prior and thought there was hope for snow. Turns out I was right, but only in the last day or two would this hike have worked. There was plenty of snow in the PCT parking lot, so we parked across Highway 58 and walked across the snow covered road to the trailhead. Initially, there were about 2 inches of snow on the trail, but it was enough to snowshoe. About 1/2 mile short of the junction, the light snow on top was definitely covering ice and crusted snow below. We got to the Tie Trail up to Tait's Loop, and to my pleasure, the diamonds I had put up or checked were visible. Other than one error, we got to the top, and Tait's Loop, although there was a lot more debris on the trail that wasn't covered. We had lunch overlooking Lower Rosary Lake, then continued around the loop, back down the Tie Trail and back to the Trailhead. Zaffina Kramer is a new member, and this was her first snowshoe. She was a natural and did an excellent job.

Members: Smith, Mike, Meacham, Lynn, Lodeesen, David, Cooney, Marguerite. Nonmembers: Kramer, Zaffina.

On the PCT. (L-R): Lynn, Marguerite, Zaffina, Mike.—photo by David Lodeesen
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