Sierra Snow Shoe Trip

Sierra Snow

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.

Author: Geoff

Grew up in Lombard, Illinois, went to Arizona State University, worked as a CPA with arthur andersen & co, then Laventhal and Horwath, then Rolling Stones, then Heron international, then Goodby Berlin and Silverstein in San Francisco. Moved to the foothills in 1990 and traded futures and designed websites. Married to Kate Stewart living in Colfax, CA. Have on son, Zachariah Panek who lives in GA. Like camping in RV, hiking, kayaking and snow sports. Also conga drumming, photography and dogs.

One thought on “Sierra Snow Shoe Trip”

  1. Hey Bro
    Great video of your hike posted here & on You Tube, plus neat pics you posted above. Looks like a beautiful weather day for your hike. Do you make this snow hike annually? Enjoyed seeing all of the gorgeous mountain country. I bet your dogs would have loved the hike.

    Thanks for this great collection of photos & video of the trip. Take care, say hello to Kate & enjoy your trip to Chicago.
    Bro George
    2-1-17

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