The forest along this climb is glorious old-growth spruce and beech which they've left in uncleared wilderness. Treefalls are left in place, soon engulfed in moss and allowed to decay into the soil. So I was enthralled and simply adjusted my pace and gate to avoid slippage. The very steep stretch before joining the gravel road from La Crossete was the only hard part.
I topped out at the Casa Forestale ranger station and then returned. Much harder to descend on ice due to body angle so I donned my snow shoes. No slips at all with these. I realized driving home just how exhausting this had been. I am beat!