How to get to this hike
I knew I wanted to get back on the “Sagebrush Trail” as I like to call it. I hadn’t been on it since the completion of the trail a few months back. When I got up this morning, I saw the fog and hoped for a unique view from the top of Badger and I was not disappointed. I started from Trailhead Park and found a snow-packed trail. The steps at the beginning of the trail were slick but I kept my footing. As I got up on the first ridge line and forked off to the Sagebrush Trail, I was already above the fog and into the bright sunshine. The snow sparkled in the sun. As I was getting through the sagebrush, I saw a couple of brave souls ahead of me who were struggling to ride their <b>mountain bikes</b> up the trail. They did pretty well in the areas that weren’t steep. As the trail wound around the south side of Badger Mountain, I saw one man on his way down with his black dog. As I got closer, I saw it was my friend, Dick. Dick had some “shoe chains” that he said worked great, I did slip a couple times so maybe I’ll have to invest in some traction. We had a good visit and jointly marveled at the beauty of the mountain, even when covered in snow. As I worked my way to the top, the mountain bikers passed on their way back down. I got to the top and snapped some pictures. I decided to do the whole loop by taking the Family Trail back down the north side. As I got back to the junction with the Sagebrush Trail, I encountered a group of about 10 baby boomers posing for a picture. I asked if I could snap a picture so they all could be in it and they were grateful. It turns out they were part of the Fun, Fit and Over Fifty Club. The group goes on hikes and other outings together, enjoying the great outdoors. I told them I’d give them a plug so check out their web site. It was a wonderful morning hike, enjoy the pictures and video!