The Middle Fork road has been paved. With the snow and freezing temperatures the tire tracks where two strips of black ice. Fortunately we only had to travel a short distance to the trailhead. Started with microspikes and took the snowshoes along for a ride. There was a good track in the snow and we never used snowshoes. The hike in March of 2016 was cut short because of the scores of downed trees that blocked the trail. The trail is now clear all the way to the lakes. At the area between the lakes the track vanished and snowshoes would have been useful but it was getting time to turn around anyway.
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The bridge over Granite Creek.
On the trail
The back side of Dirty Harry's Peak. It is hard to see in the picture but there are several large areas of ice that have a blue tings.