Yesterday, March 27, 2010 - I woke up to 9 degrees F. and sunny skies. This was a perfect day for a Spring hike as the remaining snow piles (which are always blocking the open paths) would be frozen solid. Today, it was low 20's, cloudy and windy - not as pleasant but quite "walkable".
The frost is slowly coming out of the ground with tiny mountains of needle ice crystals being crushed under your feet (see image). You still need to watch for the collapse of a frost heave along the trail. In the middle of my hike with Milos, I realized that this was one of the best winters for getting outside in years.
We had early snow which was never too deep for dogs, nor too powdery for snowshoes. The lows were always bearable and the wind mild. I can only think of 2 weekends that kept me totally in the house. I declare the winter of 2009-2010 walkable!
Wonder what mud season will bring?