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I did this hike as an exploration of what this whole winter hiking thing was about. Cold weather is one thing. A snow covered trail is another. I must say I love winter hiking completely. With the proper clothes to keep you warm and dry, plus decent traction to keep you moving, the experience is a pure one.
I started for real winter hiking by ascending little Mt. Morgan, since it’s very manageable, and I’m very familiar with the trail. I wore microspikes and ascended easily. Descent was actually fun. I could sort of ski/slide my way down on the steep sections with my boots and microspikes.