We saw what the Tahoe Rim Trail hikers (TRTers) were saying about all the footprints but we kind of followed our instincts and found a posted sign with an arrow that let us know we were on the right track. We found slopes with snow but none of them felt like 45˚ angles. Besides, even if you slipped, the landings were soft. I determined that these particular TRTers seemed to not be extremely experienced snow travelers. Since I’ve had days (and nights) of traveling on glaciers, this didn’t seem to warrant the insistent advice about not joining Kelsey and Travis on their PCT adventure.