Summer in the CPW- Lookout views and fresh snow

Scott Chandler

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The weekend of 6.7-8.14 was a mellow one for me. Weather moving through threatened to make accessing the wilderness for a weekend adventure even worse but I still had some fun.

Saturday I went to High Park Lookout just to the south of highway 16 and hung out for 4 hours watching the clouds move over the mountains.
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I thought it wouldn't happen but just in the last half hour the clouds lifted off Cloud Peak. I was so giddy! It'll be a fun day when I make it up there.
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The storm moved in that night and the morning dawned on fresh snow. I went over to Circle Park to get that fresh snow experience. I love how silent the woods get after a fresh snow. I also love when coyotes start yipping and yodeling all around out of the silence:). I did not want to get wet and cold at a couple river crossings so my adventure wasn't very long but it was nice.
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Curt

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Thanks for the posting the great pictures. Your pictures are getting me stoked for making a trip out there.

I agree that it doesn't much look like summer. I wonder if you've had more snow recently. Checking the regional radar I notice that there have been some big storms rolling into western South Dakota during the last week or so.
 

Scott Chandler

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We've definitely had big storms roll through recently and I bet some snow was put on the mountains. In "lower" elevations the snow has been melting out quickly: that day or the one after. The new snow in this report was gone by the afternoon. It made for a wet walk out.

I'd give something more recent but I'm in SD right now for some training. My fingers are crossed that more snow is coming off the mountains than is being dropped.
 
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