Spring like weather descended upon Fort Collins, and even the mountains this weekend. Hiking in snow with the temperature right about 50° is something everyone must do. It is enjoying all the splendor of winter with the weather of a spring day. Dustin and I took advantage of these conditions by hiking to Emerald Lake in RMNP. It seems many others shared our idea; the trail was quite crowded, but did not spoil our fun. Extra special encouragement came the way of running water! In more than a few spots, open water peaked out from the ice.
One woman we met along the way required a course in trail etiquette. Narrow trails on steep embankments are just part of hiking in the mountains. However, this women acted as if the trails were as wide as a two lane highway. Moving at a snails pace, she refused to step off the trail to allow for passing traffic. Instead, she made us pass her while she was still moving. It was a bit scary. Then further up the path we ran into her again (we had stopped to take some photos) and saw her giving trouble to other snow travelers. A group was coming down a pretty steep, narrow section of the path. Normally, people going up have the right away, but in some instances you need to use your head. If someone coming down is already half way down the steep trail, and there is nowhere for them to step aside, wait for them to finish the descent to a point they can stop and step aside safely. Makes sense, right? Common sense did not apply to this head-strong hiker woman. Instead, she nearly fell down the steep slope and caused the other hikers to stumble a bit as well. Seriously lady, is the right of way worth bodily harm? It was a wee-bit ridiculous. Dustin and I tried to avoid her at all costs the rest of the day.
A couple of brave men were climbing in the gulley just beside Hallett Peak; better those dudes than me. This entire zone is prone to avalanches. You can see the second guy in the picture below. He’s the small dot in between the peaks (click on pic to enlarge.)
Winter snowshoeing in the park is beyond awesome. We’re so lucky it is nearly in our backyard. Today we switch gears, we seek some freshly opened water with hungry trout. My Pago sunglass review will posted after this trip.