We've had a decent run of warm November weather, but with an impending winter storm (which has now dumped 7" of white annoyance on my front porch), I felt the need to get out and pay one last visit to my favorite trail network. With most of the trails at 7 to 8k in elevation and many north-facing sections, I wasn't sure that the snow from the storms from the beginning of the month would have melted off completely yet. Alexis and I played hooky and headed up to investigate.
I was right to be a bit worried about trail conditions. There was snow. Lots of it. But it thanks to a few hikers, a cyclist or two, and many deer, the singletrack was packed and mostly rideable. The steep climbs required some delicate balance and paddlewheeling, but the traction on the descents was rather incredible, letting the tires hold firm until right when it was time to kick the rear end around through a switchback.
There was also some ice.
But there was also some rock.
Lots of rock.
And a little bit of air.
But mainly lots of snow. And now it's a winter wonderland up there, most likely until everything melts out in the spring. It's been fun...I'm sure going to miss this place.