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The pale twilight soon gave way to something much darker, and our headlamps were necessary for safe progress. The slightly sticky snow and relative lack of ice made our descent quite straightforward, and within about thirty minutes, we had completed the steep part of the slope, and things started to level off. Brian once again attempted to lose his microspikes, but Caroline was wisely bringing up the rear and we noticed right away.

Soon we were marching across the undulating flats in the general direction of highway 3. In the dark, this is a rather boring trudge. In part to break up the monotony, I stopped to take a long-exposure side shot showing our headlights streaking across the forest.
Down into the Gloom
Descent by headlamp
Brian's loosy microspikes
The Rythm of Hiking
Headlamp sign-out
We arrived back at the trailhead shortly after 6pm. In total, it took us about four and a half hours to do the complete ascent and return. Overall, this is a pretty average time - neither fast or slow. Certainly we could have done it faster if we had not deliberately slowed ourselves down on the way up, and if Brian had not periodically shed bits of his kit.

Overall, today's twilight hike was certainly scenic, and trail conditions were pretty good, but the sunset light and the clouds lacked the drama or intensity of some of our more spectacular outings. As a result, I rate this one a 6.5 out of 10 on the sunset-hike-greatness-scale.

And thanks to Brian and Caroline for coming along today!
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Ampersand Mountain - click map to view
Ampersand Mountain - Hike Data
Start Time: 1:50p.m.
End Time: 6:22p.m.
Duration: 4h31m
Distance: 8.37 km (5.2 mi)
Average Speed: 1.9 km/hr (1.2 mph)
Start Elevation: 1586ft (483m) *
Max Elevation: 3382ft (1031m) *
Min Elevation: 1528ft (466m) *
End Elevation: 1540ft (469m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1781ft (543m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 1836ft (560m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
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