Fifteen make trek loop at base of Mount Lockhart
The hike started at the ski resort with a steep climb part-way up one of the groomed runs, before we followed the blue diamonds indicating the cross-country ski trail through the trees and side hills, which posed a challenge as no one had broken trail. We ended up with a five-mile, rather than the full six-mile hike. On a side note, before we had completed the "climb" part, a large gust of wind actually blew Susan over. But she was a trooper, got back up as if nothing had happened
Then at the bottom near the creek and the old logging road, now turned trail, some left to return two miles to the lodge, while eight brave gals went off trail and headed to the upper bowl at the base of Mount Lockhart. We didn't quite make it to the tree line, but almost.
When the second group returned to the logging road, we discovered the first group had made a snow GIG! We all met up at the lodge to order food or eat the lunch we had brought. Brenda wasn't feeling well, so she mostly slept while we gobbled up our food and a few had libations. Everyone raved about the rosemary French fries, but we all agreed after the 2400 feet of elevation gain, just about anything would taste good.
On the ride home, Lisa entertained us with details of teaching Carnivale to middle schoolers and how to get a Venezuelan and Brazilian. You will have to ask her for more information on those.
This hike welcomed Michelle, Anita and Brianna, who had signed up for several earlier hikes that had never panned out due to weather or other complications.
We left at 8:15 a.m. and returned around 4 p.m
Who went: Kathy D, Gail, Toni, Jeanne, Brenda, Anita, Doris, Katie, Kathy M, Brianna, Michelle, Jessica M, Lisa, Susan, Bonnie