After several days of below zero temperatures, it was wonderful to get out into the sunshine and 40-degree weather. We had a fun time hiking past the old mining claim with a cabin and old school bus, up the creek bed to the wide open valley with a gorgeous ridge dotted with sandstone outcroppings. Some of us thought about hiking to the top through the burned trees, left from a fire about 15 years ago, but we saved the climb for another day.
We saw deer, coyote, rabbit, and mouse tracks along the way as well as snow fleas, which seemed way too early ahead of the spring time when they usually hatch in tree wells.
After, we ate at Cougar Canyon and enjoyed a nice meal. It has improved quite a bit from when it first opened, replacing the Cub's Den, an old standard in Monarch.
Who went: Roni, Deb, Kuntz, Sue, Susan, June, Anita, Katie