Several of the high passes on the Tour Divide had snow on them as we raced south. Here are a few pictures.
This is Galton Pass in Canada.
In Montana, Red Meadow Lake was still snowed in.
(Doesn't the above picture look almost identical to the shot from Galton Pass? I just double checked. Different times, different mountains, different countries. Same slow going!)
Richmond Peak features snow, small trees growing in the trail and "don't slip to the left or you'll die" geography.
On the Lava Mountain Trail, fresh snow clung to the trees but the path itself was bare when I passed through.
The road to Brooks Lake had some more deep snow, but pushing through snow is easier than pushing through mud.
The snow forced us all to slow down and take in the beauty of the mountains. The thrill of clearing a snowed-in pass and then rolling down to the lower elevations and an open trail is one more treasure offered up by the Tour Divide.
Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson