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Baker Butte L.O. CNF 8077Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Snowshoeing avatar Jan 22 2017
chumley
Snowshoeing6.12 Miles 847 AEG
Snowshoeing6.12 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   1.45 mph
847 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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I had mapped out a nice 8-9 mile trip with plans to visit Potato Lake and Baker Butte. Plans change!

I had hoped that FR300 had received some snow machine traffic, but that wasn't the case. Not only had it not happened after this storm, it hasn't happened at all this winter!

The highway was nicely plowed, but the snow banks were 4-5 feet high and there was no chance of parking near FR300, so I ended up adding a mile of highway hiking at both ends of the trip (an adventure in itself given the lack of shoulder and vertical snowbanks!)

It took about three steps for me to acknowledge that my planned loop was not going to happen. There was a minimum of 32"-36" of fresh snow, sometimes up to 42". I forgot to put snow baskets on my poles and had to extend them from the normal settings I use them on to the stop marked "Dallin" ;) I still found them to be too short much of the time!

This hike would have been absolutely impossible without snowshoes, but even with them it was extremely challenging to break the trail. I pressed on, moving under 1 mph and taking very frequent breathers, knowing that the return trip would be faster in my existing tracks. It snowed off and on between breaks of sun, and the temps in the upper 20s made for ideal conditions.

I'm not sure I could come up with a more exhausting two mile summit. If you want to do this one, it's a whole lot easier now. I've done all the work for you! :lol: Even with more snow tomorrow, it'll be a world easier following my tracks. I highly recommend it! :)
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