Yours truly discovered the exception on lower Wolverine Peak ridge yesterday. Where last week we enjoyed fabulous powder turns on a mellow grade, this week I found wind blown tundra with a few patches of snow. Below the mountain hemlocks of Wolverine, the snowpack is sweet, but the snow near the trees was hideous. The top 20% of Sam's Secret was wind hammered, but the lower 80% was too much fun.
Fun was the order for today's tour with Eruk and Lucy.
|Arctic Valley South Bowl|
We saw dozens of rabbit tracks on our return slog up the Ship Creek Trail. And we saw numerous lynx, coyote, and possibly wolverine tracks, too. Also on the return leg, viewing a moose, spruce hen, ptarmigan, and raptor further enriched our experience. Lucy was dragging her tongue and showing signs of deep fatigue in the powder, but when she got a whiff of all that game on the Ship Creek Trail, she perked right up and hunted rabbits, grouse and other scents the whole way back to the car.