Heather - Maple Pass Loop — Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011
Lots of folks had the same idea today ... at least 100 cars in the parking lot! Not a surprise, given 1) Perfect fall weather, 2) On a Saturday! and 3) One of the top larch trails in the state. The trail is snow covered starting about half way up, and became icy late in the afternoon during our descent. Trekking poles for sure, and traction devices if you have them, will make the going a lot easier. There is about a foot of snow at the pass. The white blanket of snow, blue skies, and golden larch made for a photographer's paradise. The light dusting of snow on the steep mountain faces works kind of like fingerprint powder in the way it outlines textural details. The next few days promise the same great weather. Go now, winter is fast approaching!