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Amazon Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 24 January, 2016

We had 8 hikers on the trip to North Fork Amazon Hollow on Jan 24: Dave W, Dave P, Alex, Stephanie, Jane, Jim, Deanna and Dan (the leader). Deanna had her 14-week old puppy as well. After meeting at the regular place we car pooled up to the UDOT sheds. We then shuttled a car down to the finish point about a mile away. The morning was windy and gray. At about 11:20 a.m. we set out up the hill, three on skis and the rest of us on snowshoes. After less than a mile we stopped for lunch about noon, protected from the wind in a group of trees. For a few minutes we got a glimpse of the sun peeking out through the clouds.

Venturing on after lunch to the northwest we crossed open meadows and then dropped down into the hollow where we regrouped. Jane and Jim decided here to follow the old road down to the highway while the rest of us continued up the trail. Climbing was not a problem for the snowshoers but the skiers had some trouble and used skins for extra traction. This was the most strenuous leg of the trek, but eventually we got up onto the ridge overlooking Beaver Mountain.

As the six of us traversed across the top of the ridge we dealt with howling winds. We stopped behind a tree for a short break and wrapped the dog in a blanket. Continuing down the ridge we eventually came down out of the wind and descended along the road to the cars about 3:00 where Jane and Jim were waiting. The drivers retrieved the cars and we returned down the canyon to Logan .

Trip Summary:

  • Met at 10:00 a.m. and organized carpools
  • Drove 31 miles up Logan Canyon to the D.O.T. sheds near the Swan Flat Road
  • Placed a "shuttle" car 1 mile west at Amazon Hollow North Fork
  • Started snowshoeing/skiing about 11:20
  • Lunch 12:00 - 12:30, cloudy, 29 ° F, lightly snowing with 34 inches of snow on the ground
  • On the Amazon ridge at 2:00 with high winds and blowing snow
  • Arrived about 3:00 at the Amazon Hollow shuttle car and back in Logan about 4:00
  • 3.4 miles with 600 feet of elevation gain

Thanks to Dan for narrative, photos and GPS work, and Deanna, Stephanie and Dave W. for photos

Sheltered lunch

Lunch in a sheltered spot among the trees

Heading north on the east side of Amazon Hollow



Getting ready for a downhill run Who needs snowshoes?


Time for the climbing skins Blowing snow on the west Amazon Hollow ridge


The end of the trail
Our GPS track shows 3.4 miles and nearly 600 feet of climbing

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