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Snowbabe, AZ
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Snowbabe, AZ 
Snowbabe, AZ
 
Snowshoeing avatar Jan 16 2016
chumley
Snowshoeing9.82 Miles 1,900 AEG
Snowshoeing9.82 Miles   7 Hrs   25 Mns   1.73 mph
1,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   44 Mns Break
 
I decided I wanted to take advantage of the winter conditions in the high country and made a plan to head for Knoll Lake. Bob decided to come along as well so that my otherwise perfectly quiet and peaceful day could be interrupted with whining. :lol:

It was in the teens when we arrived at the hatchery, and I was happy that the road had been plowed. There was a little doubt in my mind as to whether or not we would be able to get to the TH.

After about 10 minutes, all the layers came off and it was just a pleasant day. It was a very slow ascent, and a few times Bob took the lead on breaking the trail. Once on top we had a bite to eat and I continued on toward the lake. Strangely, I found it easier to follow this notoriously difficult trail in the snow than in the summer. After making less than 1mph up the rim, I managed over 2mph to the lake.

Once there, I was happy to find that the wind had left only a couple of inches of snow on the ice which made it very fast for me to do a loop of the knoll. There wasn't a single sign of human life, and only a few sets of animal footprints to be found at all.

The return trip was quicker now that the trail had been broken, and the views on the way down were as good as I've ever seen. There was nothing in view that wasn't snow covered. That's amazing!

I was quickly reminded how crazy steep this trail is, and it was a challenge to keep from skiing/sliding down and digging in my snowshoe crampons to stop. The afternoon sun had made some mashed potatoes down low, but it had already started to crust over again, so it wasn't too bad. Made it back in time for kickoff! :y:
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