Last day of February 2009, we headed up Mailbox. Starting early at 8am, we set foot on the trail finding it relativelt clean
and easy to hike on, compared to the usual wet and muddy condition.
Lots of snow was found once past 3000 feet elevation. As we approached tree line, wind was blowing very strong. At this point,
Nicole, Jil and Em (with Mosey) turned back concerning the gusty wind. Chris and I continued to go up and reached the peak.
It was fiercely gusty up there, where snow crystal was blew off by the wind, and hit our face hard. After a few picture at the peak,
we head down to join the ladies, and started the descent.
Half way up, the trail was already covered up by snow.
The snow made the trail very beautiful and much easier to walk on.
Easy on us please, we came in peave.....
Once the trail opened up, you can see the south side on I-90 Valley
Pushing up towards last bit ...
Past tree line, wind was picking up fast
Snow drift created these beautiful pattern on the top.
They look funky waves ...
... and I at the peak
....despite the 44 mph wind, the ladies chose not to come up
Feel the wind (3.7 MB).
Why ? .. the crazy wind was the reason ...
The mailbox was still standing ...at least.
Now, Nicole made it up to ... 600 feet from the top
Glissading ... was not that dangerous afterall.
The moment we headed down, ... the weather became better ... why ?