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Franklin Basin Ski/Snowshoe, 6 March, 2016

We had 8 hikers and one dog for the Franklin Basin outing. Trip leader Dan, Dave W., Dave P., Alex, Stephanie, Nikolai, Nick, Deanna, and Jasper the dog. After discussing our options, we decided to continue as planned despite the weather forecast,rain changing to snow and 2-4 inches of snow accumulation.

We arrived at the parking lot in Franklin Basin about 11 am and started off shortly after. Dave W and Alex were on skis and the rest had snowshoes. After crossing the first meadow, we followed snow machine tracks up the Steam Mill trail. .

The snow was fairly crusty. Dave and Alex decided early on that skis were not working well under the conditions and they would remain down in the meadows instead of climbing the hill with the rest. The main group continued up, stopping for lunch about 12:15 pm. We sat on a log with light rain falling. After lunch the six of us continued upward sweating from the exertion. Dave P turned back to return the way we came, while the rest continued upward.

Fifteen minutes later we made the ridge and rested for a few minutes in the foggy forest. We encountered a mix of rain and snow and had climbed 1100 feet. We then turned right and made our way slowly down through aspen and conifer with the help of GPS waypoints. Coming out into the open on the exposed ridge the snow became more difficult. The snowshoes would sink in deep and Nickolai had to be dug out when his snowshoe got stuck.

Making radio contact with Dave W, the group continued down through the woods and out into the meadow where the others were waiting. The last stretch took us along the bottomlands, across the bridge and back to the cars about 3:30.

Trip Summary:

  • Met 10:00 a.m in Logan and drove by carpool, 26 miles to the winter trailhead
  • Started out about 11:00, with a lunch stop at 12:15
  • Back to the trailhead about 3:30 and Logan abut 4:10
  • Light to moderate rain with occasional snow, calm breeze with temperatures in the mid 40s and 35 inches of snow
  • 4.4 miles with 1150 feet of elevation gain

Thanks for Dan for the narrative, photos and GPS work, and Dave W. for photos.

Trail

A barely visible trail sign (the Steam Mill Trail)

Lunch

Snowing

Lunch

Snowing on the ridge
Horse camp

At the Frankin Basin Horse Camp

River

River

Beaver Mountain and the Logan River, March 6, 2016 There was less snow last year (March 8, 2015)

Map

Our GPS track showd 4.4 miles with 1150 feet of ascent.

You can also look at our route using Google Earth or the various map and aerial views of Google Maps