Mount Persis via NW ridge

Due to snow and my fear of getting stuck, Carla, Mark, and I parked on Road 62 about 1.5 miles from the trail. We hiked up the road to the NW ridge trail.

On the ridge the snow was often unconsolidated and deep, in unsheltered areas the wind was furious, and near the top my eyelashes started accumulating ice. Given the challenging conditions, we should have been more conservative about our turn-around time, but we pushed on all the way to the summit.

On the way down I skied three sections and snowshoed two sections. That's a lot of swapping between skis and snowshoes, but the skiing was great and it was worth lugging the skis up, especially when descending the road back to the car!

It was dark by the time we reached the car.

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