Peakbug and I headed over after Royal. The climb seemed much longer than the mapped distance and description - we confirmed that it was with our two GPS units. Conditions probably added to the perceived length as there was mud down low and deep snow up high. C'est la vie.
After Mt Royal, rkymtn and I hiked up under the power lines and through some dense trees to the summit. Hike to the top was a little longer than anticipated, but worth it...rkymtn and I were married at Sapphire Point on Swan Mountain in 2004, so this was a lovely summit to share.
Weather was holding out after climbing some other peaks, so I decided to head up Swan Mountain after lunch. Climbed from the Sapphire Point trailhead. Great views of the reservoir when there were breaks in the trees!
It was a very snowy day with a low, low cloud ceiling. We expected deep snow...what we didn't expect was insanely heavy, dense snow on top of a sugar layer. What was supposed to be an "easy" day, a short snowshoe on a low mountain, turned into a much better workout than anticipated!