Feb 11, 2007 Quarts Mt Ride report
as seen by Fred
Sunday Lee led a group of nine riders, five in the social security bracket,
on a ride from Gardeners in South Cle Elum. The sky was overcast with some
blue showing to start. We got to Tamarack Springs via the new Shadow Creek
trail. The trail was rough but had about three inches of new snow. The weather
was warm and the snow soft. After a rest at Tamarack Springs we went mostly cross country on a series of loops to lunch in the sun at Frost Mt. From there we went to Hereford Meadows and along Manastash ridge to the “Craters of the Moon”. While there, the clouds dropped, the light became flat, and the visibility got poor. Fred
was leading and stopped on a hill and Mario got stuck. Mick, following behind,
was in a rapid assent on the hill when Mario made one last attempt to get
unstuck. Mick disappeared behind a huge spray of snow
and when Mick came out of the cloud there was a snowman ridding his sled.
Mick need several minutes to clean all the snow from his helmet and jacket.
We went through the Dunes to string Lake
in the fog and had the feeling of vertigo, but once we were back in the trees
again visibility was good. We went mostly cross country to Tamarack Springs.
At that time it began to rain and the next 15 miles of road was extremely
rough, visibility poor, and we needed to use Mick’s Bunje to get both him
and Mario out of the ditch. At Five Corners it stopped raining. We returned
to Gardeners at 5:30 with about 75 miles on the sleds and what every one
agreed was an enjoyable adventure. Eight of us recapped the day at the Caboose
over an enjoyable meal.