As a counterpoint to the previous two days slow and coldish walking through the forest, yesterday I decided to celebrate yet more new snow with a fast and coldish ride up to Kintla Lake in Glacier NP, along the newly closed Inside North Fork road. The dirt road up from Columbia Falls was a mess, with more snow than I had expected (we got none on our end of the valley), but I was nonetheless optimistic that there wouldn’t be enough snow to make my route unrideable on the Karate Monkey.
The NPS closes this road not so much because of snow levels, though some incautious person could easily get stuck, but because of both sloth and the tendency for top-weight to bring down the many dead and standing lodge poles. True to form, two snags were across the road on the way back which had not been on the way out.
It was perfect conditions. Enough fresh, dry snow (2-6″) to make things hard but always rideable until I ran out of gas. A few hills I walked preemptively to keep my feet warm. By the final miles I was hurting.
Good motivation to keep the focus on building up the Mukluk. The Monkey won’t be much use for the next 4 months.
And Jill lives in southern California. Ha.