With deep snow in the mountains and a recent thaw-freeze cycle, I hoped to find good conditions for snowshoe bushwhacking out on the west side of Mount Tripyramid, a favorite haunt of mine. This 30th day of March saw midwinter weather, with highs in the 20s in the valleys and a biting wind. Snow conditions were a mixed bag on a mile-plus bushwhack up Avalanche Ravine, followed by a quick late-day visit to the summit of North Tripyramid.
The groomed section of Livermore Trail looked great for skiing. I saw a half-dozen skiers along this 2.2 mile section, then no one else for the rest of the day.
Closer look at Mount Lowell on the east side of Carrigain Notch.
A surprise awaited at the junction with the Scaur Ridge Trail. The trail was completely unbroken, with no evidence of an old track. It seemed like no one had been through here in months. I plowed down the slope through deep powder, on and at times off the trail, which was difficult to follow in the open woods.
Halfway down, the Scaur Ridge Trail emerges from a stretch of conifers and continues down through open hardwood forest, with nearly continuous views through the trees to North Tripyramid and the North Slide. The change in snow conditions here was remarkable - in the conifers I was sinking a foot or more into the powder, while in the sun-exposed hardwoods I was barely denting the surface of the hardpacked snow.