In mid-winter on cold snow, I can ski the Tyrwhitt loop at an average speed of 9 km/H on my waxable skis. Today, with waxless skis(zeros), on wet snow, I averaged 7.3 Km/H.
The temperature when I arrived at 11 a.m. was +5°C. Three vehicles in the parking lot.
The new tracksetting on Elk Pass looked absolutely wonderful and the tracks were reasonably firm. Things were starting to soften when I reached Tyrwhitt, which also had brand new tracksetting and I was the first one over it.
I made sure I had my bear spray handy when I was skiing past the Tyrwhitt picnic table. It was here that I spotted bear tracks a few years ago in April.
I met BarbBanff at the meadows who was doing the loop in the opposite direction. She told me to look for the wolverine tracks on Pocaterra, and sure enough, the typical three-print-diagonal tracks were obvious.
It started to rain while I was on Tyrwhitt and it was coming down pretty good by the time I got back to the Elk pass parking lot.
Whiskey Jack was still in good shape, clean with good tracks and a bit of fresh snow. Tracks were well skied-in otherwise I would have been clumping on the zero skis.
Moraine also had brand new tracksetting but the trail is starting to look a little tired. As the snow melts, more and more of the old debris starts to surface. I met Barb again on Moraine and she had been over Fox Creek and said it was okay but somewhat dirty.
If you’re looking for the hugging tree on Elk Pass, I took note of the distance today. It’s exactly 3.7K from the Elk Pass trailhead, or 1.7K from the north Hydroline junction.