Long Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 26 January, 2020
12 hikers and one dog met on Sunday for the Long Hollow winter outing. The temperatures were fairly warm. Hikers included Dave Wallace, Jane, Deanna, Susan, David, Michelle, Dave P, Teresa, Chris, Dan, Kathy, Laurel, and Jasper the dog. Chris and Teresa were on skis and the rest on snowshoes.
We were up at the Sink Hollow trailhead about 11 a.m. and prepared for our day. The group headed out to the north then turned left climbing moderately and following closely the route of the trail which we used this summer (thanks Dave Wallace for the GPS track which helped us navigate). The trail was also heavily used by snow machines, although we didn't see any after we left the parking lot. We did encounter two backcountry skiers who had come up before us and were heading down. Light snow fell as we trudged up the hill. At about 12:30 we stopped for lunch with views of Beaver Mountain ski resort.
After lunch (time was about 12:55), we headed further up along the SW side of the ridge through open forest. The group split in two and then attempted to organize by radio. Most of the upper group came down to meet up then continued off through the woods. One hiker had climbed further up the ridge to the right for a better view but rejoined the group on the way back. The main group got as far as the top of Long Hollow before turning back as originally planned. A possible ermine was seen by Dan. Highest elevation reached by the main group was 8075 feet.
Then after regrouping, the group began descending the same way we came up. The skiers took a different route following the bottom of Long Hollow close to where one of the Beaver Mountain lifts started. The descent was uneventful but for the great views. Dave Wallace stopped to take some measurements.
We eventually came down to the parking lot and finished at about 3 p.m. We were back in Logan by about 3:45pm. This is the first time we have attempted this route in winter but it worked out well.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative, photos and GPS data, Dave P., Kathy for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.