Excellent info. I’ll put off Trail Fork for another day. Thanks!
Snow doesn’t bother me… even climbing up slopes is “ok”, but the traversing steep/ slippery slopes and falling to my death does. 😉
Dealing with that going to Limber Pine and a bit on the way to Dry Lake over the last month or so just wasn’t fun, although I had microspikes for the Dry Lake trip and it made a huge difference, especially coming back in the morning when the snow was frozen and crusted where they could get traction. I imagine crampons would be even better but would prefer to practice with them somewhere first. Probably take a class next season.
Oddly enough, the dog did better than I did. But, of course, no reason to take unnecessary risks.
I’ll take a look at the Columbine hike. If I got the itch for snow, we could wander up toward Limber Pine- or as close as I felt comfortable. I really like that flat area you walk through a mile or so before LP. That was about where we turned around last time.
Thanks again for all that information.