Franklin Basin Ski/Snowshoe, 17 March, 2019
Eight hikers, Dave W on skis and Dave P, Dave We, Susan, Michelle, Chris, Jesse, and Dan (the leader) on snowshoes, met at 10 a.m. and carpooled up to the Franklin Basin parking lot. We started out from there at about 10:50 a.m. with crusty snow and bright sunshine. After crossing the Logan River the route took us left across a large meadow and then up through the woods.
We got slightly off course in the first mile but quickly found our way. The forest changed from conifer to aspen as we climbed. Numerous animal tracks were seen. It was slow going. The group stopped for lunch at about 12:25 p.m., utilizing a log as a seat. We had done a mile and a half at this point.
Continuing on up the hill we made the ridge at 1:20 pm then, after a short break, turned right and started down through mature forest. We stopped to take a group picture with dramatic landscape behind and then descended on the ridge with good views. Then bearing right again we came down through aspen eventually coming out into meadows at the bottom of the basin. Dave W made his way cautiously through the thick forest on skis keeping in touch on radio. The snow was slushy in the warm afternoon sun.
Returning to the road we crossed the bridge noting the small stoneflies (Plecoptera) in the snow. We reached the cars at about 3 p.m. We had traveled 4.5 miles and climbed 1200 feet.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative and photos, Dave P and Chris for photos and Dave W for photos and the GPS data .