This is a local trail we don't go on that much, partially because it tends to have a lot of people utilizing it and also it is...a lot of sagebrush steppe to hike through before you get to the pine forest, and in the summer, that is - hot. It was obviously not hot on this day, but it was a very very muddy walk.
All the snow in town has pretty much melted immediately so far this year, it's pretty nice to get to experience some winter wonderland in the mountains.
They are a little shorter and require a bit more preparation (and layers!) But I am thoroughly enjoying our walks in the snow. We usually see a couple of wildlife tracks in the mud or dirt, but we can see many more in the snow, and it's fun to be reminded of all the different creatures who share this place with us. (Also we would like to get better at being able to identify them! We can usually identify deer and raccoons, but other than that it's kind of a guessing game. Let us know if you have any good sites or resources for learning!)
Here is a picture of a dog in a bandana. Captain was just enough of a good sport to wear it long enough for a picture.
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