out on Lefthand Canyon. Our goal was to skip Big Momma Hill at the
start due to the thought of breakage - we wanted to save any option
until the end of the day.
We went straight up LHC to the first
kiosk. From there we went up Fireman Hill. That trail ended at the
upper/second kiosk where we took the left fork for Castle Gulch. Not
far up that route was enough snow on the uphill that stopped all of us.
We deviated back to the upper kiosk and then went for the right fork
for Castle Gulch. Snow on this section wasn't an issue, though there
were sections of packed snow and ice. We went a bit on that trail but
turned around as the trail is narrow - and one vehicle in the group was
wider & taller than trees & branches on the trail. We turned
back and stopped at the upper kiosk to decide what route to take back.
Hill, we had been on, though we knew the conditions (one 'in the trees'
uphill snow run). We decided to go down via LHC and see about driving
UP Big Momma and circling down and out. Heading down LHC was tedious
with packed / slick snow on a side hill with sections of no "catch
trees" on the low side. We took our time and made it down w/o issue.
Most of the group toyed with Big Momma (Will? made it to the top and
came back down) and then we called it a day.
The place was busy
with people driving (stock pickup trying to see how far they could get,
three groups of ATV's, loads of people target shooting).