Franklin Basin Ski/Snowshoe, 27 February, 2022
Ten hikers and a dog turned out for the Franklin Basin exploratory activity meeting at 10 a.m. in Logan and carpooling to the trailhead. We set out across the snow at about 11 a.m. under mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures. The group crossed the Logan river which was mostly covered by ice, then across the lower meadow to the Steam Mill Trailhead. At the second meadow a group of four took a left turn toward White Pine Creek staying mostly at lower elevations. The group of six continued climbing through conifer and then aspen forest. The climbing group took a left turn at the point where in past years we would have taken a right. We ascended past a yurt and came out on a ridge, the high point of the route, at 12:45. Here we had lunch with views of upper White Pine canyon and upper Logan canyon under mostly cloudy skies.
After lunch we came down the open ridge where Jasper the dog encountered a porcupine, returning with many quills in his nose. Deanna and Laurel worked to try to remove the quills with some success. We continued, taking a left turn and descending through aspen, emerging into a large meadow where we met the group of four. The time was 2:13 p.m. Now reunited, the group came down through the lower meadows to the road, bridge and cars at 2:50 p.m.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative and GPS data, Michelle, Kathy,and Dave P. for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.