Just before Memorial Day, the Parks and Recreation hiking group went up to Cropley Lake to give the skiers among us a nice taste of spring skiing. The rest of the group walked up, with or without snowshoes. Temperatures were in the 50s, so post-holing was a concern for those of us without platforms on our feet, but we actually had no such problems.
We noted numerous spiders on the surface of the snow and a couple of kinds of beetles. That was it, for wildlife, although I heard ruby-crowned kinglets, varied thrushes and a fox sparrow singing.