First hike of 2021 and I was so excited! It snowed on New Year’s Day, so I couldn’t wait to see what the trail would be like with fresh snow. We chose Monches for a couple reasons: 1) besides a big hill at the beginning, it’s pretty flat 2) it’s mostly in the woods with a creek starting about 1 mile in and 3) an awesome bridge and bench making the perfect spot for lunch.
I felt like a kid again…crunch, crunch under my feet. It was the type of snow that stuck to everything. Every branch, log, and sides of trees were covered. Maxie was having a heyday digging her head into the snow sniffing around and coming up with snow covering her face. When we got to the creek, it was just as beautiful as I imagined. The color contrast between the creek and snow was striking, We got to the bridge and took in the view. The bridge railings had untouched snows piled inches high. I thought about how my son would have loved to wipe it all away. Sure enough, a few minutes later a Girl Scout troop came through and did just that!! I chuckled how kids are truly so much alike. After a quick sandwich and my warm tea (yes! It stayed warm and tea kept me toasty on the bench) we started heading back. The way back being just as stunning.
Then, I couldn’t resist…there was the perfect flat area of snow…SNOW ANGEL!! Well, Maxie jumped on me and tried to get my hat…which was now covered in snow. I didn’t care…I felt like a kid.
On the way back to the parking lot, we passed by the start of Lowe Lake and couldn’t resist seeing the towering pine trees with the newly fallen snow. I truly felt tiny amongst the giants.
And that my friends is today’s Tail from the Trail.
Out and back hike
This parking lot is for both the Lowe Lake and Monches segments. Head north for Lowe Lake and south to Monches. Follow the sign to Monches where you will then cross over the road and see Monches trailhead sign.
Bathroom facilities: NO
Even though it’s winter…drink water! I know you aren’t sweating, you still need to drink water. Bring a little lunch or snacks, too. Our hike was about 4 hours, so it was definitely needed.