This is the infamous poop trail. Folks take their canines out to crap in the woods. Most people pick up the mess, but, some, leave it for the really hungry dogs. Today, there are no dogs walking the trail probably because there are no bipeds willing to stomp around in the snow. Or, it could be because Barney the mountain lion has been seen in the area. Barney likes dog poop, dogs and people. Particularly, dogs, raw!