It is fun to get out on the trails and see the beauty of a different season. Those scenic places look surprisingly unfamiliar to those who have only been there in the summer and autumn. And the public are out there, too. Of course, more visitors will be encountered near population centers, at lower elevations, and on weekends, spring break or holidays.
All trail-patrolling PWV members are eligible to winter patrol. Just be sure you are prepared for cold, for changeable weather and varied trail conditions. Ski, snow shoe or hike with good boot traction devices (such as Katoola MicroSpikes). And get an early start on completing your patrol obligations for 2015!
During the winter season PWV does not patrol Blue Lake, Montgomery Pass, and Zimmerman Lake trails. They are patrolled by Cameron Pass Nordic Rangers. Also, many USFS roads are not plowed during the winter, so there is no access to trailheads in much of the higher country.