95% Boots 5% Snowshoes

Peak Summited2021 Black Butte
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadCamp Shermin- Historic Black Butte Trail
Road ConditionsSnow and ice on road
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommended
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

It read 18 degrees on my car's thermometer at the trail head. The trail was snow over dirt, snow over ice, and then windblown snow. For about 95% of the trail there was only and inch or two of snow. After the last turn toward the peak there was a new layer of windblown snow covering the trail.  I didn't like the look of the slope where the trail traverses the east side of the peak, so I switched from spikes to snowshoes, cut up through the trees, and followed the ridge to the peak. It was much colder and windier up top. I missed the epic views this day due to the cloud cover on the upper section.  I guess I will need to hike it again on a clear day.


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