There was a bit of fresh powder on top, about two inches or so. However the rest of it was a mixture of ice, old hard snow that had melted, froze, melted, froze, exc for the last few months. We were trying to get up to my buddies cabin near Grand Lake, Colorado. His parents stopped having the road plowed back in December after Christmas.
I was the first to hit the fresh "trail" at around midnight Friday night after a 2.5 hour commute from Denver. I got about 90% of the way and got stuck. After some digging I managed to back down to the bottom. Then my buddy in his 02 stock Suburban gave it a go. He has studded snow tires, rear tire chains and a limited slip. He managed to make it all the way up (with some help from my original tracks of course).
I tried again but unfortunately got stuck yet again...truck got pulled into a small ditch and I had to have him winch me out. Chevy 1, Ranger 0.
However I got the last laugh on Sunday when the Chevy broke...sheared a power steering shaft in the pump and had to be towed home.
I slept in the bed of my truck both nights since the small 26x26 foot cabin was full with people...I like my privacy. Fri night was around 11 degrees and Sat night got down to -2.
Here are a couple more pics...
Lots of help from friends when I got stuck...
Im in the orange...
Cabin in the background