It had rained in Logan the day before, and the unplowed part of Green Canyon road had water on ice. Both vehicles needed 4-wheel drive to get us to the parking lot. We headed up the single-track and found the wet snow not too bad—it did not stick, probably because none of it was cold enough to put ice on our skis and snowshoes. Of course the skiers did not get much glide.
The sense of spring skiing was enhanced by a flock of robins feasting in a Rocky Mountain Juniper tree. We stopped for lunch at the campsite #9 picnic table and even had a table cloth thanks to Jim’s poncho. After lunch the snowshoers headed back down the road while the skiers went up to the next road crossing before heading down. The group re-united just before the parking lot and agreed it was a wet but satisfactory outing.
For the snowshoers:
For the skiers:
Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.
Avalanches closed Highway 89 in Logan Canyon until the following day
The new sign at the bottom of Green Canyon emphasizes winter recreation (click here for a larger map view)
Lunch at the "Green Canyon Cafe"
Our GPS track showed 4.2 miles and 580 feet of elevation, up the single track trail and down the road.