Roger's Pass Like a Bad April Fools Joke; Reroute to Flesher Pass
Three of us headed out to do a snowshoe to Sunset mountain on Rogers Pass but it was a bust. First, the crosswinds were so strong, the drivers had to slow way down as we were tossed around on the highway. Second, the snow was intermittent drifts, with the drifts being very icy. After we walked up the trail partway, we decided to continue down the road and go to Flesher pass in hopes of finding better snow, which we did.
Even though the snow was better, it was very thin with bare spots at times. However, the wind was gone! We went from a gray day with 30-40 mph gusts to a slight breeze under blue skies. The views into the Seeley Swan area, the Rocky Mountain Front, the Adeles as well as the Holter lake area were fantastic as we snowshoed on top of the Continental Divide Trail, amazed at how lucky we were to have this experience.
Instead of following the official trail, we stayed high along the top ridge as it had better snow. We saw many tracks from voles (field mice) to fox, maybe coyote, lynx or bobcat, birds (we suspect magpies), squirrels, snowshoe hares and deer.
We only went 2.5 miles as the snow was a bit too thin to continue without going up another steep hill. By the time we arrived back at the cars, we didn't want to leave the warm sun and blue sky. We ate lunch at the liftgates of our cars before heading back to face the awful crosswinds on the other side of Rogers Pass.
We left Great Falls at 8 a.m.. and arrived back in town around 1:30. Who went: Viki, Katie, Suzie