We scheduled this just 2 days in advance, to get a sunny forecast day. Success — a beautiful day, such a relief after a rainy January!
Four of us parked on the street in front of Parkgate Community Centre, and carpooled up the mountain. We chose a car with snow tires, but the roads were well cleared so that wasn’t needed.
One of us wore snowshoes; the others wore microspikes. Both worked fine. Definitely needed one or the other! We saw a hiker wearing snowshoes that lacked spikes underneath for traction. She was crawling up a slope on her hands and knees — not recommended.
The trails were well packed down, with little fresh snow. Off the trails we non-snowshoers sank in about 6 inches — manageable but would have been slower.
We followed the usual trail up to 1st peak (Pump Peak) and stopped for lunch. Three of us were not in our best condition, so all four decided to skip 2nd peak, and headed back down.