We did this snowshoe on Saturday January 26, 2019. Present company was Curtis and myself.
This was the first time we’ve been out snowshoeing for almost 2 years. We didn’t hike much in the summer either due to wildfires so we wanted something short but sweet. Today’s forecast was supposed to be above 0 so we decided to take advantage and go to the mountains.
We parked across the road from Sawmill parking lot and trudged through the field until we met up with an old trail. It followed the creek (some sections were on a pretty steep side hill so it was fun trying not to slide down the hill). We were the only ones so we took our time and stopped lots. It took us about an hour and a bit to get to the amphitheater of Mount Smith-Dorian. There were signs of old avalanche chutes but they hadn’t let go in a few years. We felt pretty safe being in there but were keeping an eye on things. We didn’t go too far into the open meadows to be on the safe side.
We scouted for summer hikes and will be returning in the summer to hike up into the hanging valley and maybe summit something.
A nice quick snowshoe that wasn’t difficult and had great views of the valley we were in and mountains across the road.