I'd heard about days like this. It's sort of like vacation.
After a bit of work Monday morning at a bagel shop in Golden (couldn't help it...), I headed up Golden Gate Canyon to the state park of the same name.
After paying the obligatory park fee ($7), I headed over to the Nott Creek Trail parking lot and headed out into the cold wind for 14 miles of up and down.
I ran the Mountain Lion, Burro and Snowshoe Hare Trails, tagged the summit of Windy Peak (aptly named on this day) and made one wrong turn (+1 mile). I didn't see another soul until about a mile before finishing up.
The trails were in good shape, clear in the sunny areas, and covered by an inch or two of dry snow in the shade and on north-facing slopes.
|Dude's Fishing Hole, on the Snowshoe Hare Trail|
|View from the summit of Windy Peak.|
|Atop Windy Peak. Just call me Ray.|
|Mountain Lion Trail.|
|Lots of first tracks today.|