Fabulous close-to-home snowhsoeing follows major Front Range
It starting snowing sometime on Thursday evening. It kept snowing all day Friday. And all Friday night. And much of Saturday. By the time it stopped, 22 1/2 inches had accumulated on our back deck — a local record. Someplace identified only as “four miles north of Blackhawk” reportedly snared four feet of snow. That’s would be an impressive single-storm accumulation even for the Sierra Nevada.
Sunday dawned with a glorious clear blue sky, sunshine, no wind and surprisingly balmy temperatures. The residual snow melted quickly off shoveled sidewalks and plowed streets, but elsewhere, settled a bit without really melting. In short, ideal snowshoeing conditions very close to home. My husband, our friend dave and I headed to the trailhead for both the Flatirons Vista (North and South) and Prairie Vista (North and South). The parking area was full, and cars even lined the road. No surprise that everyone was out somewhere on such a fine winter day.
We headed out, following previous snowshoers’ tracks. We made a loop, drinking in the views and enjoying the snow underfoot and sun overhead. In the course of our loop, we saw lots of people — only one hiker and two skiers. All the others were snowshoers, often with their dogs. Perhaaps we were on actually on trail, perhaps we were snowshoeing overload in areas we would never tread if we could actually see where we were walking. Here are a few images of our snowshoe walk. So local. So lovely.
I am writing this on Monday evening, and snow has begun falling softly again.