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Walton Creek Overview 1B
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2021-02-15  
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Walton Creek Overview 1BNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Snowshoeing avatar Feb 15 2021
chumley
Snowshoeing5.82 Miles 762 AEG
Snowshoeing5.82 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   1.67 mph
762 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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After a fantastic loop on 1A yesterday, I decided to try 1B today. This one is apparently not quite as popular, and a couple of miles longer because it requires a mile on 1A to reach.

I saw yesterday that the north end of the loop had only seen one skier while the south end had seen a few different tracks, so I opted to try it counterclockwise taking advantage of the better broken trail, and hope that completing the whole loop was possible.

I made it to the farthest point on the loop before the trail petered to a single skier but I pressed on. Unfortunately I had made the wrong choice with my less-floaty trail snowshoes when the bigger ones would have made the rest of the loop a little easier. After a mile or so, the single ski track took off in a direction that left the trail and and I contemplated following the tracks for less work, but opted to stick to following the blue diamonds -- not knowing where the ski tracks might lead!

I had about a 350 foot climb along the virtually indistinguishable FR296 to get to a point where I knew I could at least make a short connection to the earlier part of the loop and get relief from breaking trail. Sinking each step knee-deep into soft snow, a "big" elevation gain, and another day of driving snowfall, made for a fun, but hard-work adventure. At the top of the hill, a single set of ski tracks appeared and I opted to finish the loop on the proper route rather than taking the bail route back to the start.

As I finished up, I cruised along the well-broken segment of 1A as darkness fell and I finished up under the light of my headlamp. :y:
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