great day of snowshoeing

great fall hike. already snow in ne shaded areas. love this area

There are three trails to choose from at the very end of the road. I took the Independent Mine one which was furthest to the left (808). I treated it as an out and back as I was unsure about the loop. Now I see from map I could have picked up 808a from snow shelter. Lots of flowers, insects (not mosquitoes) and birds. The route is exposed in some areas so it got hot in the direct sun. Small rocks on trail in some places are cumbersome, but overall easy to navigate with no snow. Summit has great views and lots to explore.

A great trail today. Still some snow patches at the highest elevations. Lookout Mountain trail headed north still very difficult descent with lots of snow on ne slopes. Another two weeks and trail will be snow free.

One of my favorite hikes, gorgeous views.