Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
RoadRoad suitable for all vehicles
SnowIntermittent snow - not hard to cross
My group took full advantage of buy nothing day, which I called White Friday, by meeting at the switchback parking lot at Mount Spokane State Park for a trek through the woods. It was supposed to be snowshoe hike, but since temperatures climbed to the 50s on Thanksgiving, we found that boots were sufficient (although it would have been nice if I had been smart enough to grab my yak-tracks before I headed out the door!). From the parking lot we crossed the road to enter the trail system at the Lower Mount Kit Carson Loop Road TH. The old road has been closed to public traffic for years, so it's really just a wide trail. We started out on trail 100, taking the grand tour of all three WTA-constructed bridges. The first two were completed in the summer of 2013, and the last one was finished in mid-August. Then when trail 100 exited at Smith Gap, we went inside to enjoy the brand-new snowshoe hut. It's fantastic! Local blue-hat Randy built the hand-hewn furniture from a gorgeous white pine that fell in the Nordic trail system. It's a little dark inside the hut (no electricity out there!), so bring your headlamp and admire the wood grain while warming up. When our youngest group member announced it was waayyy past nap time, we hurried back via the Mount Kit Carson Loop Road. The entire trip makes a nice loop of about 3.5 miles.