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Each weekend I get up expecting to get turned away at the mouth of the canyons with the sign saying 'chains or 4 wheel drive only.' So far I haven't seen it.
This weekend in keeping with my rotation of which canyon I hike, I went up Big Cottonwood Canyon. I chose Desolation Lake for the lack of vehicles parked there.
Since it's been a couple of weeks since the last snow fall, I readied myself for mud and ice. I wasn't far off. The snow packed trail did not reveal itself until 2 1/2 miles up. On the way down mud shoe covering deep presented itself several times. I choose to walk through it, boots are cleanable. It takes time and a lot of effort to repair damaged trails.
The lake covered with a thin layer of ice kept creakin and moaning under the warmth of the day. I fixed a hot cup of noodles while scanning for wildlife. Deer and moose tracks were bountiful on the trail and around the meadows I passed.