Monday, January 26, 2015

Lower Sentinel Mtn. on Jan 26

Seven hikers left their snowshoes at home so they could enjoy the ankle deep snow of the lower reaches of Sentinel Mountain.  We also enjoyed wonderful views of South Fork, plenty of tracks of wild turkeys and not-so-wild deer.  Someone also claimed that elk had left behind evidence of their presence.  The major steep segment got us up to good viewing elevation in short order (with some heavy breathing.)  Ponderosa pines of many sizes—including one huge old one—decorate the area.  We enjoyed a few rest periods on the snow-free ground beneath big pine trees.
Marilyn, who just got back from scenic skiing in Steamboat Springs, several times graciously expressed her admiration for our views right here at home. 
Next Monday, we'll have another ambulatory event.  A prediction of snow may come true, which may have us back on our snowshoes.  If not, we'll be using our hiking boots (by the way, we discovered that three of our group are blessed with large feet, wearing size13 shoes).  You are welcome to join us for these fairly short hikes in the white stuff.  We leave the South Fork Visitor Center at 10 a.m.
--Doug Knudson  873-5239








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