April 13, 2019 · Stanislaus National Forest
Check out the route in detail on AllTrails.
We had originally planned on heading to Bourland Meadow Trailhead to do the Hyatt Lake loop. We realized that it was still a little too early in the season, as the road to the trailhead was closed. We backtracked a little and headed to Dodge Ridge Ski Resort to use their WiFi to come up with an alternate plan.
The Internet connection was slow, but we were able to find a nearby alternative. Nothing was marked on AllTrails, but there was a dotted line that indicated a trail. It turned out to be a cross-country ski track, but mostly used for snowshoeing. We parked near the gate, packed up our gear, applied ample amounts of sunscreen, and set off.
At the trailhead we grabbed a free map of the area which came in handy. We didn't really have a final destination in mind, but figured we'd be able to do about 5 miles before getting tired.
We snaked along a network of trails, crossed a few downhill runs which were a part of the nearby resort, and ended on a high ridge with a nice view.
A dead tree provided lots of fuel for a campfire, and the sunset was beautiful.
In the morning we packed up, had a warm drink, and strapped on our snowshoes. The snow was crisp and firm which made it pretty easy going. We got back to the car within a couple hours.