Cross-Country Skiing 5:00:00  9.0 mi (33:20 / mi) +500m 28:26 / mi
shoes: Rossignol Backcountry Skis
Skiing with Sam and Presto near Loon Lake! We had a free weekend, and the weather looked nice, so we headed out for another ski trip! We decided to check out the backcountry trails around Loon Lake today. They were actually (mostly) blazed, which was nice, although the blazes did start to disappear into the snow a bit as we got higher. Unsurprisingly, there is still an impressive amount of snow. At one point we skied past what we initially thought was just a small lump in the snow before realizing that it was a completely buried one-story building!
The snow was pretty slow and soft today, which was good for me, but meant a lot of wallowing and post-holing for Presto. At least he'll be nice and tired for the work week :-). We headed out the Van Vleck trail, which was pretty moderately graded most of the way, and then turned at the Shadow Lake trail to go see if we could find Shadow Lake. The Shadow Lake trail sort of abruptly ends at a proposed hut site, but since there is no actual hut there right now, it's just sort of randomly ends in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, we can read maps, so we did manage to get to a local maximum looking down on Shadow Lake. We never really managed to notice Shadow Lake per se (I guess it is surrounded by trees and when covered in snow doesn't look like much?), but the views into the Desolation Wilderness and down to Loon Lake were pretty great.
The way back down was pretty slow, actually mostly due to Presto's wallowing rather than my inability to ski, but we did make it back eventually. Fun day!