At 9 am, the parking lot at Seymour was a sheet of ice, which made it necessary to drive carefully unless you were into doing donuts. For the first half hour we needed to walk somewhat carefully to avoid patches of ice on the trail. We forked off the main trail and went up the “forbidden face” which involved a bit of hanging on and route finding, but was quite satisfying, even for Carla who has in the past said that she never wanted to go up the “forbidden face”, ever again. Several locations required dealing with small patches of ice, so maybe this qualifies as “ice climbing stoke”. On top of the first peak, in the shade, several snowflakes were encountered, but in the sun there was no snow to be found. We took our time and stopped for lunch at least three times. We elected to not go on to the third peak, though we could have. On the way down we encountered a constant stream of hikers coming up, and many happy dogs. Back at the parking lot the ice had all melted, and the lot had filled with cars. We were at home again by 4 pm.
This is a good time of year to go up there; cheap, and pretty.