Testing out the Winter gear, 2 Miles RT on the Pacific Crest Trail from Grassy Hollow, December 17, 2017

The plan for today was to hike about 9.7 miles from Inspiration Point to Vincent Gap along the PCT.  The temperature was 25 degrees according to the temp gauge on my car when we arrived, and the winds were blowing at about 30 mph.  This was going to be a good test to see how well we'd fare on the trail during the colder months and see what else we were going to need as far as layers, gear, etc.  When we got out of the car, there was one obvious thing that my husband realized he didn't have... gloves!  I knew he wasn't going to be able to do the hike with those winds whipping around the mountain on his bare hands.  But rather then abort the mission, we drove over to Grassy Hollow where it's a little less exposed.  I gave him my gloves since my fleece has sleeves that cover up most of your hands, and we got on the trail.  I really enjoyed hiking in the crisp mountain air.  My layering system seemed to work pretty good.  The only thing I need to add as far as I can tell right now is a good pair of base layer tights under my hiking pants and a balaclava to cover my face when the wind is kicking up.  After about a mile in, we decided to turn around and save the trail for another day when we were more prepared for the weather.  Besides, I'd been thinking about a nice cup of hot chocolate covered in sprinkles and whipped cream from the Grizzly Cafe.  On the way there, we saw Mountain High Ski Resort was blowing snow.  We stopped to check it out.  Even though this was a short day, we had a lot of fun getting our first taste of winter in our local mountains.   

 This area by the Grassy Hollow Visitor center is a beautiful stretch of trail.

This area by the Grassy Hollow Visitor center is a beautiful stretch of trail.

 Sign for the Pacific Crest Trail.

Sign for the Pacific Crest Trail.

 Enjoying the pine trees and crisp mountain air.

Enjoying the pine trees and crisp mountain air.

 Views of the desert.

Views of the desert.

 Baden-Powell in the background.  Must have been quite chilly up there today!

Baden-Powell in the background.  Must have been quite chilly up there today!

 More views looking north.

More views looking north.

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 Pine grove near the Grassy Hollow visitor center.

Pine grove near the Grassy Hollow visitor center.

 Dripping sap.

Dripping sap.

 Someone got creative and marked the PCT.

Someone got creative and marked the PCT.

 We stopped by Mountain High Ski Resort on the way to the Grizzly Cafe to enjoy the snow.

We stopped by Mountain High Ski Resort on the way to the Grizzly Cafe to enjoy the snow.

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