Franklin Basin Ski/Snowshoe, 7 March, 2021
Twelve hikers came out for the Franklin Basin winter outing: Dave W, Dave P, David, Deanna, Teresa, Michelle, Chris, Keith, Laurel, Brent, Becky, Dan (the leader), as well as Jasper the dog. Dave W, Deanna, and Teresa used skis and the rest on snowshoes. We arrived at the trailhead at about 10:45 a.m. with warm, sunny conditions.
We took the usual route up the road and, taking a right, across the meadow tracked with snow machine ruts. The route took us up through conifer forest, along the edge of another meadow and continued eventually to an aspen dominated forest. Although we usually stop for lunch on the way up the hill, we decided to continue to the ridge before our lunch break. Becky spent some time in her hammock while the rest of us sat nearby on the snow.
After a relaxing break the group followed the ridge down through mature conifer and aspen forest with soft snow, then out into an open section with views of the backside of Beaver Mountain. We came off the ridge to the right and down a steeper section through the woods, then eventually out into the open meadows while listening to the whine of snow machines. We reached the cars at about 3 p.m. and back to Logan before 4 p.m.
to Dan for the narrative, photos and GPS data, and
Dave W. and Michelle for photos.