Bit of a late start on Sat 12/4. We left from the Loj at 3:30p. VanHo to Marcy Dam was well packed and we broke trail to Avalanche Pass after which we donned snowshoes. Aimed for Caribou shelter but I guess it no longer exists! Make sure to cross-check your maps with others. We pushed a bit further to the campsite closest to the Colden interior post.
Warmup in the Daks - Algonquin Peak12/4-5, 2021
We continued the following day up Algonquin trail and were treated to magnificent, clear views of Colden. Wind was surprisingly mild on Algonquin and we passed by 4-5 other people on way back. After the junction for Wright, trail conditions were well-traveled enough for us to switch back into microspikes. Overall, a fantastic “warmup” trip for Alan who has yet to experience the Daks in the winter!
With all the winter trips we’ve done together, this was our first arriving at a trailhead with fresh legs and a proper “glamping” winter backpacking setup instead of slogging a 100+ miles with loaded bikes and lighter packs. I thought this loop would be a relatively smooth introduction to above treeline conditions for Alan and, yeah, it ended up being veryyy smooooth. Maybe too smooth for what we planned to tackle two weeks later..