I was hoping to find a high point that overlooked Lake Tahoe but was limited on time. When I didn’t see the trail to Echo Lakes (hidden on the other side of the snow drift from where I parked), I took Ridge Loop trail. There was at least an inch of fresh powder so, while the trail was obvious from previous activity, I was the first person on the new snow. The trail was relatively flat and an easy walk. A good workout to get the kinks out after skiing and before a long drive home.
I can’t say that I was the first one on the new snow because there were footprints everywhere. From mice to bobcat, the fresh snow provided evidence of the early morning activity.