Early season snowstorm on Mt. Yoro

8:58 a.m. on December 12, 2012 (EST)
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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...


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Somebody's been out driving around this morning..


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 Here's a waterfall near the trailhead, not nearly cold enough to freeze yet (thankfully).


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A view back toward lower ground, I think that's a restaurant on the left. I left the gravel walkway and started up the trail from here.


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Steep staircase..it was all fresh powder, so no slipping and sliding.


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The trail begins. At this point I'm realizing it was a mistake not to bring snowshoes. Mine are on the way from the US, and will show up about a week too late!


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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.


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Lunch stop in a tree covered area, trying to avoid the wind.


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Back on the trail...


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Beautiful but a real nightmare to break trail uphill. Even in snowshoes this would have been tough.


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It's really starting to come down now.


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Looks like this would be great skiing.


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Managed to take this despite the snow coming in sideways.


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Waist-deep around here, but at least it's downhill now...


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Cool unbroken patterns in the snow drifts, it's nice to be the only one on the trail sometimes!


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The trees opened up in this area.


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Here's a small shrine I passed near the trailhead, really great feel to the place all covered in snow.


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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!

 

 

9:58 a.m. on December 12, 2012 (EST)
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Never gets old, playing in the snow!

11:20 a.m. on December 12, 2012 (EST)
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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Makes me very jealous over here in SC! :)

9:30 p.m. on December 12, 2012 (EST)
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Welcome to winter!A beautifuly day, indeed.

Sometimes when the snow gets too deep, it's wiser to turn around if you don't have your gear with you. Just a thought....

8:25 p.m. on December 15, 2012 (EST)
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Thanks for the comments! Snowshoes have arrived, so I'm sure I'll be posting again soon. 

11:43 a.m. on December 18, 2012 (EST)
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Nice trip report! All that snow is beautiful, though it must have been tiring without your snowshoes.

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