The weather was absolutely fabulous for our first snowshoeing trip of the year. Even the ferry ride was beautiful. The four of us snowshoed from Rampart Hill, following broken trail on the old logging roads and untracked slopes on the open and sunny bluffs. We had light, dry snow on top of very compact snow, so the conditions were good. The views of mainland and Vancouver Island mountains were wonderful.
We worked our way south, stopping for lunch with a Whiskey Jack, dropping down into the steep gully and returning in a loop to the parked car. Although the trail was quiet, it was very busy at Rampart Hill chain-up area, with people snowshoeing, snowmobiling, children sledding, and an enthusiastic husky team pulling a sled. 5.2 km; 2¾ hours.
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