Yesterday we snowshoed up Carpenter Creek, which is located on the east side of town. Despite the fact that we were only a half mile away from downtown, it was very rugged. If we didn't know better, we would have thought we were in the middle of nowhere. This creek is an old glacial river with very steep banks, in some places 40 or 50 feet high. There is so much snow in the gorge that we decided to snowshoe up on the ridge.
As we arrived at the top of the gorge, the path to the creek didn't look too bad. We learned, however, that it was a bit more rugged than we expected due to the deep snow covering up a seemingly endless number of downed trees.