Well, an unexpected 12 inches of snow! I was excited! Finally, a snowstorm that didn’t end in the dreaded wintry mix, a snowstorm that exceeded expectation, so off we went to play…WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!! 🙂
I headed down 340 towards Harper’s Ferry, and thought briefly about going down towards Shenandoah National Park…but then Weverton came into site as I rounded a corner. I pulled off into the commuter lot, grabbed my pack and Sidekick Pauli…we were off!
Yay, someone had broken trail before us! Boooo…the plows had come by piling up the snow at the edge of road next to the trail. It must have been 4 feet high! I started to climb over the the snow bank and promptly sunk into my knees, lovely way to start a hike. 😉 Sidekick Pauli didn’t seem to mind and jumped like a jack rabbit through the pile up of hard packed snow.
I noticed snowshoe prints alongside the trail…brilliant! I was wearing microspikes and glad of them…but the snowshoes would be a perfect choice for this soft, fluffy stuff. Sidekick Pauli did well with her four on the floor sticking her nose in the air sniffing her way up the snowy trail.
This trail has its fair share of rocks and step ups, but not today. The blue skies and snowy trail made for a lovely walk. Steep as usual, but without the toe stubbing spots and ankle turner opportunities. The temperatures were also delightfully mild and I actually found myself wishing I hadn’t opted for the heavy weight long underwear!
I posted a pic of the trail sign to Instagram… GroundBird Gear posted back at me stating they had broken trail the day before…in snowshoes!!! Well, now I know who made those prints I was admiring! 🙂
We stopped at the top to share a PB&J and some cheese (Sidekick Pauli’s favorite hiking snack). The views were amazing and we had the sunny overlook to ourselves for quite awhile today. Nice!
Hike On-it’s almost Spring! 😀