Some recent images of the snow at Scenic. Pictures courtesy of Joe O.
|The snow berm alongside to highway to FS850
|Just onto the trail, proper
|Near Rock Alley, coming down off the steeper parts of the trail
… and his trip report (edited to germane info)
was in the high 20’s and sunny. There was a hard beaten down track on
the berm alongside the road. If it get’s below freezing I expect this
will melt and not be passable without snow shoes. Was below freezing so
was an 18 inch wide beaten down trail the whole way to the top. Two of
us did fine in hiking spikes and one wore snow shoes. I wore spikes
and did not post hole. The weather at the springs was in the 30’s. The
Bear’s Den seemed normal temperature. The Lobster Pot was hotter, but
I’m thinking just a little less hot than normal. (Sorry, need to bring
a thermometer next time.)
trail to the pit toilet was passable but slippery, icy. Most of the bench and deck is covered in about 2 ½ feet of snow which is
pretty hard packed. The deck on the west side (left as you are looking
at the pool) is clear of snow.
Alley had about 6 feet of snow with a two foot wide passage. Very cool
and no problem to get through. There a picture of me in it on the way
water clarity was a bit gray. We vacuumed it pretty well. I brought
up a regular sized pool skimmer which seemed to work great at taking out
algae and debris. We left it up there on the space between the two
pools and hopefully in will stay there.
all hiked down in spikes only. It took us 2 hours to hike up and only
one hour to hike down. The road up was clear. They way down US 2 was
slowed by heavy fog after 4 o’clock.