In our area, the snows mantle the hills in early December and we shift from hiking to snowshoeing and cross country skiing. For the first snowy hikes of the winter, conditions are good for hiking, but when a small melt occurs, icy trails make hiking difficult. Every few years, we get a warm spell in winter and all the snows melt. South-facing slopes become soft and muddy. North-facing slopes retain a bit of snow and melt more slowly. Open ridges and exposed meadows may clear and dry. We hiked from Pineview Valley up the slopes of Coal Hill, then traversed the open meadows on double tracks to the Ironmask Hills.
There is a lot of hiking and biking in the hills available to us over 4 seasons. A complete access guide to this particular area is now available on www.onthetrails.net (a companion site to this one).