On January 29th we put together a long-awaited snow shoe trip with a bunch of friends. The month of January provided about 15 feet of snow in the mountains, with many ski resorts reporting a ten foot base. After several days of dry spell, all the roads were clear and plowed so travel was easy. Our trail head is at the end of Soda Springs Rd, near Ice Lakes along Serena Creek. This is in the Royal Gorge ski area. Snow on the sides of the road was easily ten feet high. The weather was perfect. Most had snow shoes but our friend Stephen, used his cross-country skis. Snow cats had flattened the trail/road so walking or skiing was easy. This was not the case in the past so since Ben is getting older I didn’t bring him. Once I was there and saw the conditions, I wish I had. Charlie probably could have handled it just fine too. The elevation was about 6900-7000 ft. I think we hiked about five or six miles round trip, and no one was exhausted. Easy hike.