North Fork Amazon Hollow Ski/Showshoe, 27 January, 2019
Twelve hikers participated in the snowshoe/ski outing to North Fork Amazon. Ten of us carpooled up from Logan (Dave Wa., Dave P., Teresa, Jane, Laurel, Susan, Kathy, Dan, Brent, Kathleen) and we met two (Dave We. and Michelle) at the UDOT sheds at about 11:15 a.m. We left one car at Amazon Hollow to shuttle people after the trip. It was a nice sunny day, warm with a light to moderate breeze. Two of the participants (Dave Wa. and Teresa) were on skis and the rest on snowshoes.
We put on gear near the westernmost shed and set off up the hill. After a short climb the route crossed a treeless meadow and then north past a small sink where the skiers veered off to practice some turns. Continuing north we found a sheltered area for lunch at about 12:10 p.m. After lunch we trekked north and then west descending into North Fork Amazon Hollow and giving the skiers some more turns. At the bottom, in deep forest, we regrouped and began up toward the ridge to the northwest. This was the most strenuous part of the hike, with about 400 feet of climbing. Everyone arrived on the ridge about 2:15, with views of Beaver Mountain and peaks to the west.
The route from here followed the exposed ridge south and descended to the highway and waiting car. Along the way Dan (the leader) scouted a different route, higher on the ridge before descending through open south facing slopes. The main group stayed to the west of the ridge top and descended toward an old road. The skiers took the time to investigate a small cabin which had not been seen in previous years. Although the group had separated into several smaller groups, we used radios to keep us informed of everyone's status. We all finally came down the old road and finished at the car at US-89 about 3:30 p.m. after 3.6 miles of travel. The drivers were shuttled up to the sheds to get their cars, then picked up the others waiting at Amazon Hollow. Everyone returned to Logan about 4:30 p.m.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative, Dan, Dave Wa., Dave P. and Jane for photos and Dave Wa. for the GPS data