The Covid pandemic pushed me outdoors last spring, summer and fall. Now one of the snowiest winters I can recall I’m searching for cold weather opportunities. Astounded to find each attainable opportunity but add Guiffrida Park to my winter hiking list.
In the other seasons I climbed Chauncey peak. This time with the snow and ice I kept to the left side of crescent lake starting at the colorful benches overlooking the mountain.
I went down the white trail between the canopy of trees following the lake’s edge which was a blanket of ice and snow. I could see animal footprints of various types on top.
I continued just a bit beyond the lake and turned around to feel the heat of the sun over Chauncey Peak as the cold winter winds blew.
I found a small gorge which appeared may be a small waterfall in season. I took many pictures trying to get both the frozen waterfall and the reflecting snow topped rocks in the stream.
I then returned on the blue trail which provided opportunity to try a bit of elevation in the snow. I was wearing micro spikes so felt I could give it a try. I enjoy peeking through the bare trees finding opportunities to use them as a frame to capture the scene below me.
Awesome day! Very rewarding. Below is the link to my visit in the fall of 2020 which includes a trail map and a description of a sunset hike to Chauncey Peak.