Amazon Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 28 January, 2018
Meeting at 10 a.m., 13 hikers came out for the Amazon Ski/Snowshoe activity. Teresa, Dave W., Dave P. and Laurel were on skis and Susan, Kathy, Clay, Wendy, Renee, Chris, Maggie, Jane and Dan, the leader, used snowshoes. The roads were good as we drove up Logan Canyon on US-89. Dave W. left his car at Amazon Hollow, our ending point. Everyone continued another mile to the UDOT sheds, arriving about 11 a.m. to warm and windy conditions.
The group spread out as we made a difficulty climb up from the UDOT sheds through untracked snow. One of the participants experienced gear trouble part way up the hill. Laurel skied back down to our vehicles to retrieve a spare pair of snowshoes while others waited in the shelter of some trees, sipping coffee and taking a snack break.
About 12 noon everyone met on the windy ridge east of North Fork Amazon Hollow, just in time for a short sun break. We continued northward up the ridge, past the sinkhole to a sheltered lunch spot in the trees. We resumed our trek about 1:00 p.m., contouring toward the northwest before heading steeply down the heavy soft snow through open meadows and scattered trees to the bottom of the hollow.
Abandoning our original plan to climb the ridge to the northwest, we regrouped and turned south, following previously tracked snow along the bottom of the hollow until we reached our car on US-89. Most of the group waited here while the drivers went up to fetch the other cars. We drove down the canyon returning to Logan about 3:30 p.m.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative and GPS data and Dan, Dave W., Wendy and Clay for photos.