An easy dayhike in winter. That was the idea for today, so Mt. Monbetsu was an easy choice. We arrived at the trailhead at 10:30am, and got ready to head off. We were all ready to put our snowshoes on when we noticed that the trail was so well packed that we ended up walking without snowshoes for the first hour of the trip.
We had a couple of false starts at getting up onto the ridge directly below the summit. We eventually found the right place though, and started climbing up direct to the summit. This is where the views really opened up. Snow showers came and went across the lake, giving us glimpses here and there of the hills.
After a quick lunch in the lee of one of the buildings at the summit, we started out descent back down the way we came.
We were down in time to drive back to Sapporo via Chitose City. We stopped in at the Bird Watching Cafe for an afternoon snack.