We enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, biking, walking, running, and walking on the Stake Lake Trails. When snows cover the high country forests, the Stake Lake snowshoe trails are a good choice for a snow stomp on well-established trails. This last venture was a loop route to one of the McConnell Hill lookouts. We went around the lake then worked our way through lodgepole pine forests
From the Basalt Bluffs Trail it is steep climb up to the Bushwhacker Trail. We we pleased to not be breaking trail on top of McConnell Hill and our snowshoe group improved “the trench” even more with an out-and-back route to the lookout.
Our 3 hour snowshoe outing covered about 3 hours in mild winter conditions. We are grateful to Overlander Ski Club for the maintenance of the Stake Lake Trail System. We will be back for another outdoor venture on the trails.