from the 4x4 group stirred the waters for getting out today. The
mountains have been receiving snow for the past 24 hours or so. How
much for the trails we're looking to visit is the question. There's no
snow in town - so far. Fortunately the day was "just right". It was an
enjoyable day in the forest with light snow falling, scant little
breeze, and loaded pine trees.
The Bunce side-by-side rental company was out but not too many rentals
were on the trail today. Two motorcycles. One or two quads. Four or
five side-by-sides. And the four of us - a fairly quiet day.
We started at the north end, by the schoolhouse, and headed to
Ironclads for a counter-clockwise loop. Getting up the backside was
easy for Matt and Shane though I needed a couple attempts near the top.
One of the attempts found me breaking a "crossover" chain on the tire
chains. A few zip-ties kept it from flailing and catching the brake
Coming down from Ironclads we met up with JP who figured he'd find us
somewhere on the trail. The four of us headed south on Bunce to
see how far we could travel. Again, the snow was "just right" - not too
deep nor too thin. The pine trees looked fantastic. We made it to the
meadow and there the drifts were waiting.
JP, Matt and Shane made it to the locked gate. I went over and back at
the first drift and called it good enough - and enjoyed some silence at
the meadow while the others pushed on.
From the south end we went back to the Ironclads intersection. The
three would run it again while I headed out for home. I was surprised
to find one to two inches of fresh snow at home.
In all, an enjoyable day in the mountains!