I decided to hike a trail that is usually mostly snow free by now. It climbs steeply up a south facing ridge, gaining 2500' of elevation in 2.5 miles. Having forgotten my ice axe and trekking poles, I optimistically tackled the first switchbacks, which were dry. But soon I ran into solid snow, and started kicking steps up steep snowfields. I noticed bear tracks and looked around, but saw no animals or people on the open ridge.
|This picture doesn't make it look very steep, but it was.|
Is it spring where you are?