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1.24.20 ... Donner Summit Snowshoeing

Hike Details:
Elevation range - 7200'
Trailhead Location - Donner Summit Sno-Park
Mileage - 3.75 miles round trip - from the Sno-Park trailhead past Azalea Lake, then a loop around Flora Lake and back.
Hiking time - about 3 hours, with lots of time for stopping to take pictures.

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As someone who doesn't normally like the cold, somehow snowshoeing has become a favorite winter activity! Cue the music..."the cold never bothered me anyway!"... :) 
We always start off with lots of warm layers, but it doesn't usually take more than about 15-20 minutes before we're shedding jackets and gloves because it's so easy to warm up when you're snowshoeing. It's a great workout!
The trail heads out from the Donner Summit Sno-Park parking lot and essentially follows the hiking path of the PCT.

 We went past both Azalea Lake and Flora Lake. The sun kept popping in and out all morning through quickly moving clouds, which was beautiful.

 After Azalea Lake we climbed the ridge looking out over Donner Lake--gorgeous!


 Snow much fun! ;)