What could have been a less than desirable day of slogging on icy luge-run like trails ended up being fantastic. The difference? We looked at our maps and made a loop that turned into off-trail exploration.
A ski up the drainage promised better powder and no icy conditions.
Some unique views were had:
We cut across a summer trail head that quite a bit of snow:
We continued our off-trail loop and had one last memorable view before we made it back to the car.
What could have been a slog on icy trails ended up being a memorable and rewarding trip.
Have a map, go off-trail, and see something great.