Sara and the dog and I went snowshoeing last Sunday near Brainard Lake. The day started out really windy and I was worried it would be even worse on the trail. Getting to the trailhead confirmed my worries. The wind blew hard and the snow around the parking lot was contoured into low drifts.
It was windy and cold and we were worried that once we got our ‘shoes on and started up the trail that it was going to royally suck. I’d read that the way to the lake went along the road in my trail book and I figured that we’d be exposed to the wind the whole time.
But after we got out of the parking lot, we found the start of the snowshoeing trail somewhat hidden behind the the big map of the area, going up into the trees. Once we got into the trees we were protected from the wind. The trail itself wasn’t too bad, though it did get steep in a few places.
There were a fair number of cars parked at the trail head and we were worried that we’d run into a lot of people. Once we were on the trail though, we didn’t see many at all. I guess because there were enough different trails to take people just spread out.
In the end we didn’t make it to the lake, only about half way. We did however, successfully test our new snowshoes and Ada’s new boots. I’m not sure she liked them, but they did stay on pretty well as far as that goes.
If you’re going to go, you might want to check out the nearby Snow levels.
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