posted May 15, 2014, 9:48 PM by Paul Wagner   [ updated May 15, 2014, 9:48 PM ]
It's fun to be the first in--the first hikers on a trail as the season begins.Screensaver  ©
Sure, there are a few downed trees (hopefully not many) and a few other inconveniences that need to be negotiated. But there is also a nice sense of adventure, knowing that nobody has been along this trail for at least a few months.
On our last trip to Disaster Creek, we were certainly the first human footprints on the trail since the fall, although we did have a chance to follow the leader with a nice-sized bear for part of the trail.
There were the usual downed trees (not many, or large) and more pine cones on the trail than we've seen in many a year.  And the trail did disappear from time to time under the snow. 
(The bear appeared to know exactly where the trail went---because he followed it perfectly, even when it wasn't apparent to us!)
All in all, a really nice little adventure. 
And we were sure that when we got to the top, we were not going to see anyone up there waiting for us!