|The snow berm alongside to highway to FS850|
|Just onto the trail, proper|
|Near Rock Alley, coming down off the steeper parts of the trail|
Temperature was in the high 20’s and sunny. There was a hard beaten down track on the berm alongside the road. If it get’s below freezing I expect this will melt and not be passable without snow shoes. Was below freezing so was ok.
There was an 18 inch wide beaten down trail the whole way to the top. Two of us did fine in hiking spikes and one wore snow shoes. I wore spikes and did not post hole. The weather at the springs was in the 30’s. The Bear’s Den seemed normal temperature. The Lobster Pot was hotter, but I’m thinking just a little less hot than normal. (Sorry, need to bring a thermometer next time.)The trail to the pit toilet was passable but slippery, icy. Most of the bench and deck is covered in about 2 ½ feet of snow which is pretty hard packed. The deck on the west side (left as you are looking at the pool) is clear of snow.Rock Alley had about 6 feet of snow with a two foot wide passage. Very cool and no problem to get through. There a picture of me in it on the way down.The water clarity was a bit gray. We vacuumed it pretty well. I brought up a regular sized pool skimmer which seemed to work great at taking out algae and debris. We left it up there on the space between the two pools and hopefully in will stay there.We all hiked down in spikes only. It took us 2 hours to hike up and only one hour to hike down. The road up was clear. They way down US 2 was slowed by heavy fog after 4 o’clock.