Low Road Loop
November 27th, 2012 in Trips, Trails, & Tours
The popular Low Road loop rewards skiers and snowshoers with open slopes, scenic views, quiet forests, and powder snow. This five-mile tour typically takes about three hours to complete. The counter-clockwise loop leaves High Camp on the popular High Country Trail, soon passing the popular Southern Exposure sledding hill before arriving at Glacier Peak Viewpoint. The route then continues on the High Country Trail for another ¼ mile, before heading uphill and into the forest on the Ridgetop Trail. Although this trail requires intermediate skills to descend, it is a pretty straight-forward climb, and can normally be managed uphill by skiers and snowshoers with advanced beginner abilities.
Following a ½ mile climb up the wooded slopes of the Ridgetop Trail, the route turns left onto Low Road at a well-marked junction. The next ¾ mile provides a mostly gentle downhill traverse, often with powder snow conditions thanks to the forest canopy which shields most of the route from the warming rays of the sun. Passing the junction to High Road, the Low Road loop continues downhill before breaking out onto the more open slopes of Wild Bill Hill. While High Camp now lies steeply below, the easier Low Road continues across the slope, slowly losing elevation via a series of downhill switchbacks before reaching the upper terminus of the Bonnie Brae Trail. A long, gentle descent on Bonnie Brae eventually meets Peg’s Promenade and soon merges with the snowmobile road about ½ mile below High Camp.