Since this is a 3 day weekend, I did sneak in a snowshoe hike at Eagle Cliff with a friend of mine. It started out pretty sketchy. I studied the maps and knew what trail head we needed to start from. Problem was there were no warning signs that a trail head was ahead. We would come around a corner and there it was. Ok, we will go to the second one. Missed it also. Drat. The major trail head we managed to find. We stopped to look at the trail maps.
Problem was it was a cross country ski trail. We had to return to the first trail head for the snow shoe trails. There were two other women at that trail head looking to snow shoe and we all decided to go back to the first trail head. Problem was, we couldn't find it. Where we thought it was, turned out to be another cross country ski trail head. I'm just going to say that a cross country skier was very quick to point this out. We all headed out again. I pulled my jeep into what we thought was another trail head, but it wasn't. The other ladies drove by in search of the ever elusive snow shoe trail head.
We said to heck with it and decided to show shoe on the the Forest Service road on the opposite side. I was relieved my friend was good with this choice, as I was getting pretty apprehensive that we were getting lost on a highway much less a bunch of little crisscrossing trails in the woods. Our Forest Service road turned out to be an excellent choice. A snowmobile went down the middle of it, so we could walk next to each other and visit. It went right down the middle of a beautiful meadow. There was nobody else around, so Ella could run without bothering anyone. We had a great time. After the hike we went to the Sled Haus restaurant in Lead and had an excellent meal. As far as we know those other two ladies are still driving around trying to find the mysterious trail head.