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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.

Trip Summary:

  • Participants: Dave Wa., Dave P., Teresa, Jane, Laurel, Susan, Kathy, Dan, Brent, Kathleen, Dave We. and Michelle
  • Organized carpools and drove 29 miles up Logan Canyon on US-89 to North Fork Amazon Hollow, then another mile to the Highway Sheds Winter Trailhead
  • Started snowshoeing about 11:20, with lunch from 12:10 - 12:40. Crested the west ridge about 2:30, back at US-89 at 3:20 and Logan by 4:30
  • Sunny skies, pleasant temperatures, deep snow and windy ridges
  • Our GPS track shows 3.6 miles with more than 600 feet ascending and more than 900 feet descending

Thanks to Dan for the narrative, Dan, Dave Wa., Dave P. and Jane for photos and Dave Wa. for the GPS data

Climbing up from the Highway Sheds Looking back toward the Highway Sheds Winter Trailhead
On the windy east ridge of Amazon Hollow North Fork
Enjoying lunch in a sheltered spot on the east side of Amazon Hollow North Fork
Heading west across upper Amazon Hollow North Fork
Descending into Amazon Hollow by snowshoe and by ski
A sheltered spot on the west ridge of Amazon Hollow North Fork

Unstable cornices on the leeward side of the west ridge of Amazon Hollow North Fork

On the west ridge of Amazon Hollow North Fork, with Beaver Mountain in the background
Heading south on the west ridge of Amazon Hollow North Fork
On the wind-scoured west ridge of Amazon Hollow North Fork (Beaver Mtn. is on the right)
Our GPS track shows about 3.6 miles more than 600 feet of ascent and more than 900 feet of descent

You can look at our route using: Google Earth or download our GPS file.