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Forestdale Patches, June 30, 2017

After hearing that Forestdale Road was partially/halfway open, I decided to take Makisha and Penny with me on a recon mission. This would also provide a good start to the long Independence Day weekend. We would start from just past the bridge over Forestdale Creek and hike all the way up the road to Forestdale Divide.

Makisha in front of a half covered road marker and the combined Left and Center Forestdale Patches.
Makisha

A panoramic view on the approach with Penny and Makisha.
Penny and Makisha

From the top of the Forestdale Divide we headed up to the "Luniz Patch" and took three runs. The first was on the "Luniz Backside Patch" which delivered double the amount of turns (10) as the "Luniz Frontside."

Makisha and Stev on the Luniz Backside Patch (self-timer 1 of 3)
Makisha and Stev

Stev on the Luniz Backside Patch (self-timer 2 of 3)
Stev

Stev, Makisha and Penny on the Luniz Backside Patch (self-timer 3 of 3)
Stev, Makisha and Penny

My second run was on the frontside of the "Luniz Patch" -
Makisha, Penny, and Stev on the Luniz Patch (self-timer 1 of 1)
Makisha, Penny, and Stev

My third run would start at the top of the "Luniz Patch" and continue non-stop to the bottom of "The Patch" or the "Right Patch"
A panoramic view across the Right Patch.
"The Patch"

We hiked up from the bottom of the "Right Patch" to the top of the "Center Patch" which connected with the "Left Patch"

Penny and Makisha want me to get going on the Upper Center Patch (self-timer 1 of 4)
Penny and Makisha

Stev, Penny and Makisha on Upper Center Patch (self-timer 2 of 4)
Stev, Penny and Makisha

Makisha, Penny, and Stev on Upper Center Patch (self-timer 3 of 4)
Makisha, Penny, and Stev

Stev, Penny and Makisha on Upper Center Patch (self-timer 4 of 4)
Stev, Penny and Makisha

I was able to find a snow-filled gully below the "Left Patch" to ski down which shortened the hike out back to the Forestdale Creek Bridge. There is a lot of snow and many more patches to ski around Forestdale Divide.

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