Today was a ski day. I had been planning all week to ski at Gore Mountain today. I knew that perhaps it would be busy, being part of the vacation week, but I wanted to get on the slopes. I was at there, booted up, when the lifts started.
I was able to get in 3 runs before the lift lines started to grow. Visibility was poor and flurries were coming down. The snow guns were going on quite a few trails. The snow was a little sticky in spots and icy patches weren't hard to find. Still it was great to be out. The temperature was right around freezing and there was no wind.
I ran into a buddy from work and we skied together until noon. I didn't take any pictures due to the poor visibility, but I managed to ski 13,000 vertical feet by noon.
|Today's ski runs|
After lunch, I decided to let the crowds have the mountain and I went for a bushwhack hike up nearby Height of Land Mountain (see GPS track below)
|This trail head is a mere 10 minutes from Gore|
I parked at the Second Pond trail head in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness and followed the trail for a mile, at which point I veered left to bushwhack up the mountain. This mountain has 2 summits on the ridge, so I walked the ridge to see both.
As I neared the first summit, I began to see moose tracks and scrapings. Just before the summit, I found many moose beds from the day before. The actual summit was so thick with spruce growth, I could hardly get there.
As I approached the 2nd summit, I came across a fresh moose bed. Apparently I had scared him out. His hoof tracks were as big as my hand.
I was back at the car at 4:05 wishing I was still on the track of the moose. I really wanted to get a look at him and get a photo. Maybe next time.
Hike Dist.: 4.4 miles
Hike Time: 3 hours 15 Minutes
Total Vertical Gain: 690'
Quite a day all in all. Nice combo of skiing and hiking. Now home to plan for the weekend!