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The first big snow of the season hit the area on Monday, which couldn't have worked out better as I had already planned a trip for that day. I was really looking forward to hiking some snowy trails, but just wasn't expecting this much snow! Snowshoe-less, I hit the trail anyway for a 5-hr loop...
Somebody's been out driving around this morning..
Fast-forward to the summit (only around 2500 ft). There was at least a foot and a half of snow at the top, some of the drifts were waist deep. The clouds had rolled in at this point and the snow and wind really picked up.
The trees opened up in this area.
Leftovers of autumn. A nice hike, but since it was my first time on this trail and with these conditions, it made things a bit more challenging than expected. A big note-to-self next time to wait until the snowshoes arrive before attempting a hike during a snowstorm!