When we started out on our snowshoeing escapade last week, we had fresh snow on the windshield, the sun was shining brightly, and long icicles were hanging from the roof of our little house.
As Wheeler Peak came into view, we could see snow blowing from the top of the mountain.
Or maybe those are just some clouds.
Or maybe it's both: wind blowing snow off the ridgeline and clouds hanging to the east of the crest.
Our destination was on the east side of the peak, in the canyon below the clouds: the Upper Lehman Creek campground, the upper of two campsites that are regularly kept open in the winter - that is, at least the parking area is kept open.
That's our destination! That canyon, where sun and shade meet, and where clouds hover farther up the trail, maybe waiting for us.
Oh, but guess what. The road and campground parking lot were closed for snow removal! We turned around, drove around for a while, and looked for another place to start our 'shoeing. Not finding one we liked, we then left the mountain.
On the way back, we stopped in a large plowed pullout (Google Maps street view) at the top of Sacramento Pass, which is at an elevation of 7154 feet according to the road sign, but which may be a tad higher according to the topo map (MSR Maps).
From there, we plowed uphill in deep fluffy powder, our snowshoes sinking in to our knees in places - well, it seemed like we sunk in that deep, but most often it was more like mid-calf on me - until we had a view of Wheeler Peak, this time partly hidden by a snow-covered ridge.
And then we turned around. The distinctive peak in the photo above can be seen in the Google Maps street view linked-to earlier; just rotate the little man figure around until it looks more to the north (how come I can't choose a little woman figure?)