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Snowbabe, AZ 
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Snowshoeing avatar Jan 13 2019
chumley
Snowshoeing10.40 Miles 2,069 AEG
Snowshoeing10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   2.03 mph
2,069 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
After breaking a trail last week, and another storm set to drop up to a foot of new snow Saturday night I figured there was no reason not to do this one again. Figuring that the trail would allow me to make better time with less effort I set out to loop the lake.

There were only 2" new at the Hatchery, and the plow was on it's first 8am run when I arrived. Due to the southern exposure, I made it all the way to the rim before switching to snowshoes. From there it was pretty smooth sailing in the track we made last Sunday, despite 7" of new snow up top. Still an overall depth of over 2 feet, except in some sunny areas closer to the rim where there were signs it had melted completely prior to the latest snowfall.

There were even a couple of running streams, though by FR300 and the lake everything was still solidly frozen with no apparent melting, just some settling of the snowpack over the last week.

The lake is still low, but made for a great surface for snowshoeing, which went at a good pace. The sun peeked out a few times and provided some depth to the lighting. The return was uneventful and I managed to be home for a good Sunday nap by mid-afternoon!
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