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South Hegman pictographs
by kealia

Trip Type: Snowshoeing
Entry Date: 03/09/2007
Entry & Exit Point: South Hegman Lake (EP 77)
Number of Days: 2
Group Size: 3
Day 2 of 2
Saturday, March 10, 2007

temp was 24 degrees. sky had cleared. Breakfast was bacon and potatoes. 

left camp about 10 am for hike to pictographs. Wind was still blowing from the South and the temps rising. in the middle of south hegman we camp across a recent wolf kill of a deer. deer parts were scattered over a large area.

The portage to north hegman was clear and short. although we only saw two other people while we were there, there was a clear trail all the way across the lake. I guess there must have been quite a few people during the week. After a quick rest on north hegman we continued to the pictos. As we rounded the bend in the channel we could se a giant snowman on the lake. It was about 7 feet tall and looking right at the pictos!

The pictos were great. I had never seen them before. The day was warm and the cliff face was radiating heat. Snow on top was melting and dripping over the edge. We spent about 40 minutes just soaking in the warmth and special atmosphere. This was the the finale to our winter camping season and you could feel winter melting away as we rested.

Finally, we turned around and hiked back to camp. by now the temps were in the mid to upper 30s and rising quickly. After a short rest we packed up camp into the sleds and headed back to the parking lot.

The trip was great. we will definately do it again next year. Winter camping, with the right equipment, is great fun