By January 21st, we finally had some significant snow. It was time to get the snowshoes out and play in the snow. We called some friends of ours and agreed to meet at the Multiuse Trail early the next morning. The goal was to enjoy the trail before the snow was packed down by others.
We arrived at the trailhead by 8:30, and while we weren’t the first people out, there was still plenty of the white stuff for snowshoes to be useful. Although, we had mentioned heading up Cameron Mountain, we had not made any specific plans for this adventure. Since snowshoeing can be hard work, we just figured we would keep going until someone decided they wanted to turn around.
It was a great time to be out, not only for the activity, but for the beauty of the snow and the sun just hitting the tree tops. The four of us stopped a few times to take in the beauty of the winter wonderland. During our stops, I managed to photograph the sun lighting up the trees, as well as one with the sun flaring behind a tree.
During our uphill walk on the Multiuse trail, we stopped a few times to rest. This road is a bit hard without snow on the ground, never mind snowshoes. Eventually, we reached a point where the sun had come up enough to light up the whole area. I felt that it was the perfect spot to get some people in my pictures. Normally, I don’t like to have my picture taken, but I used the backdrop of the sun and the snow and convinced our friends to take our picture. I was pleased with the results.
Once we reached the Cameron trailhead, we decided to see how far towards Cameron Mountain we could go. This trail was wide enough to be considered a road, so there was no maneuvering along narrow paths. It was also relatively flat, except for one steep hill near the Cameron Mountain Spur.
As we walked along, we heard another party behind us. They were pretty far back, but we found it odd that they seemed to stop whenever we stopped. At some point, we stopped for a longer rest along the side of the trail and the party behind us caught up to and continued past us. As the passed us they thanked us for breaking the trail. So, that was the reason! We had been making it easier for them!
We continued our journey at a casual pace over the last hill before the turn off to the summit. Now, for the final push. That last steep walk up Cameron. When we reached the summit, we found the party who had thanked us for trail breaking. I thanked them for returning the favor. We enjoyed a snack and conversation with the other party before they continued on their journey. We stayed for a few more minutes before heading back down the trail.