I hiked the Coal Creek trail (below Red Town trailhead) earlier this week , the mile below Red Town was snow covered. However from the lower parking lot off of Coal Creek Parkway, the trail was snow free for the 1st 1.5 miles and in good shape. The city has very quickly cleared trees felled by snowpocalypse from the trail.
I hiked out of Redtown, on Cougar, a week ago--and the trails were in very "bumpy" condition: lots of frozen old icy tracks. We used traction devices and I ended up with a very sore right ankle. I had to cancel out of climbing at Vertical World last week due to my ankle issues. Last Tuesday I led a hike on up Squak Mt, via the Old Griz Trail, to the central peak--and that trail was in terrible shape, with rock hard ice and terrible footing. Today I hiked on Cougar, mostly up Big Tree Ridge, and never donned my traction devices--but we had a nice late start. I carried traction devices but never used them. I should mention that I had my right ankle replaced in 2014 and that ankle has very little motion: I can't balance on my right foot at all (due to combat injuries in Viet Nam). As our days warm, our hiking conditions should continue to improve a lot!
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