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Bunchgrass Ski/Snowshoe, 14 January, 2018

Twelve people enjoyed a balmy outing along Bunchgrass Creek; 8 on snowshoes: Kathy, Susan, Jeff, Jane, Laurel, Clay, Wendy and Maggie; and four on skis: Chris, Teresa, Dave W, and Dave P (leader).   On the uphill trek some of the skiers were slipping a little, except Dave P who had climbing skins.  Although the temperature was above freezing the snow was dry with a hoar frost surface. Several inches of powdery snow above a firm base made for good skiing. With only about a foot of snow near the trailhead, there was barely enough ice and snow to bridge the stream crossing.

We stopped for lunch at a sunny spot above Goring pond, where Dave W's probe showed a firm crust 6 inches from the surface and 24 inches total snow depth. The skiers enjoyed a fine ride down the hill, turning at will, as long as they avoided the sagebrush and other exposed obstacles.  The snowshoers strolled along without a problem, although one person had a problem with ice kept building up on the bottom of her snowshoes (it helped when we applied cross-county ski glide wax).

Trip Summary:

  • Participants: Jeff, Susan, Jane, Kathy, Laurel, Clay, Wendy and Maggie on snowshoes and Chris, Teresa, Dave W. and Dave P., the leader, on skis
  • Drove 23 miles up Logan Canyon to the Bunchgrass Nordic Trailhead parking area
  • On the trail at 10:50 with lunch near Goring Pond, 12:15 - 12:50
  • Back at the trailhead at 1:45 and Logan about 2:30
  • 24 inches of snow near our lunch spot, much less than last year
  • Cloudless skies and calm winds
  • 3.7 miles round trip, with 760 feet of ascent and descent

Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative and photos, and Dave W. for photos and GPS data

At the Bunchgrass Trailhead

Crossing Bunchgrass Creek

Mouse tracks in the snow
A sunny day
Skiing up the trail
Lunch near Goring Pond Removing climbing skins before skiing back down
3.7 miles round trip, with 760 feet of ascent and descent

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