Tanners Flat is normally a campground in the summer months, but in winter it is a great place to snowshoe and cross-country ski. Little Cottonwood Creek runs along the southern side of the campground, and granite stones provide some really fun crossing opportunities with minimal risk beyond a wet boot. This area is not groomed, but the roads that crisscross the campground become snow-covered paths that cut through the otherwise thick forest. Moose frequent the area, so stay alert, but you can also see rabbits and porcupine scurrying around if you keep your eyes peeled. Stay close to the river to see the various small waterfalls that look particularly good after a snow storm. The trick here is not expect long distances in straight lines; rather, circle back with the camp roads and find new routes over the river and through the woods. The main path gives you about a quarter mile of clear and straight paths before it doubles back and cuts into the heart of the campground. The roads and campsites act as paths through the trees, but this is more of a free-roaming spot than a "track" or a "loop." Either way it's a really fun and dynamic spot. If you continue to head up canyon past the campground you will hit a large boulder field. Be extra aware of your footing and where you step if you enter this area.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.