Greetings Billy, Thanks for visiting the trail back out. Actually the snow is a blessing. It smooths out the trail and covers all the loose rocks. The trail has many stairs in it and the snow smooths those out too. It is like walking in firm sand and there fore a very pleasant walking surface. Later it will pack down and if there is no additional snow it will become icy and hard to walk on because it is slippery. Then you put on crampons for traction. I much prefer snow covered trails to the rocky trails you have otherwise. When the snow gets deep you may need to put on the snow shoes even though the snow looks packed. Punching through and post holing can be a painful experience. Over all, give me the snow!
Greetings Billy, I use trekking poles religiously now. I found that the blood would pump into my hands and fore arms and be very uncomfortable after a short period of time. Using the poles keeps my hands up and the blood pressure is not a problem. And they help in some awkward situations. There are places where they are a hazard, and at that time I collapse them and hang them on the pack. Poles are good. Snow is better!
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Photo taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, East Longs Peak Trail, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
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