An afternoon hike to the outlet of Mason Lake to get some outdoor time and check out the snow conditions. Consistent snow on the trail starting about 2,800 feet. Put on microspikes around 3,500, there was never a need for snowshoes. Would probably need snowshoes to continue on to Mount Defiance.
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Starting up the trail.
Crossing the creek can be a challenge since they removed the culvert. Many of the rocks above the water were covered in a clear sheet of ice.
My first panorama shot with the new camera. Some people showed up with a dog and wanted to get to this same spot right when I was taking the picture. I didn't get to experiment. I'm disappointed with the pixel height, it's about a third of a normal picture.
The sun starting to set over McClellan Butte on the drive back to the freeway.