March 27th, 2013 in Trips, Trails, & Tours
The crisp air feels refreshing while cycling through sun drenched Leavenworth. A woman is working in her garden and a man is cleaning up his yard as I make my way up Ski Hill. When I arrive more evidence of spring is found. The slick muddy Ski Hill trails are rimmed with glacier lilies. Where there is snow on the trail, I easily peddle through. What a difference from High Camp.
High Camp is still bathed in 6 to 7 feet of snow. Over the last few weeks, one to two feet of new snow has added to the total. Kids, with endless energy, are still sledding down the road beside Foxfire cabin. Back country adventures now have over 13 hours of daylight to explore the upper meadows. April, at High Camp, offers grand opportunities to continue your family’s play time in the snow.
We have been busy doing trail maintenance. On the northern exposure of Mac’s Express, trees across the trail were removed and new trail marking blue diamonds are hanging off the trees. Mac’s Express is a heart pumping 20 minute climb to the intersection with Low Road trail. From the intersection turn left and in a few minutes you are at the top of Wild Bill Hill for a fast ski down to the lodge. Back at the intersection continuing straight up (crossing the Low Road trail), you will arrive at Inspiration Point and find a wonderful overlook of the valley; a great place for a snack. A right turn at the intersection lets you explore the lower slopes of McCue ridge before meeting Ridge Top trail. Then a left at Ridge Top takes you to the top of McCue Ridge with a grand view of Big Jim and the Chiwaukum Mountains. Fresh powder here is always a good possibility. A right on Ridge Top trail takes you down to the top of Powderpuff for a fun ski back to High Camp.
Don’t let the spring weather fool you; plenty of skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding opportunities surround High Camp.