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According to the signage, this trail is usually pretty muddy. My truck's thermometer said it was 13° F when I arrived at the trail head, and the ground was well frozen. So I thought I was in luck. By the time I finished, the temperature had risen 10 degrees, but it was enough to thaw out the ground. I have this totally non-scientific theory that not only does water boil at lower temperatures at higher elevations, but ice also melts at correspondingly lower temps. I guess it's really just a matter of radiant heat from the sun through our thinner atmosphere, which causes more disparity between the temperature of the ground and that of the air.
|Hall Ranch trail head|
I saw mountain lion tracks (twice) for the first time on this hike. What a thrill!
|Mountain lion tracks|
|A herd of deer|
|At the Button Rock trail intersection|
|Nelson Ranch house|
|More mountain lion tracks|
|A view along the Bitterbranch trail|
|A happy hiker with his winter beard|