I wanted to get to the top of Wing Mountain with my radio gear for Summits on the Air. There was a decent amount of snow on the ground and I didn’t know if I would be able to get close enough to the base due to a bunch of road closures in the area. I drive to FR 222 and found it closed so I drove up to 222B. The Wing Mountain Snow Play Area was in operation and they were kind enough to let me park at the entrance and hike in through the sledding area without paying. This hike, which was about 1.2 miles each way, nearly killed me with the 1-2 feet of snow I had to trudge through. The steep profile alone makes this a challenging bushwhack hike, but adding the snow caused me to nearly abort a few hundred feet from the top. I did make it to the top and felt quite accomplished, though.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.