Beaver Bottoms - Wood Camp Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 6 March, 2022
Thirteen hikers turned out for a winter experience. Five snowshoers went to Wood Camp (Michelle, David, Robert, Kathy, and Ralph). Two snowshoers (Chris and Susan) and six skiers (Dave W, Dave P, Jane, Brent, Deanna, and Dan the leader) went to the Beaver Bottoms ski/snowshoe track groomed by Nordic United.
It was a snowy morning with about a foot of new snow at Beaver Bottoms as we put on our gear and headed up the groomed trail. The trail did a loop and gave us a short descent curving down toward the highway. Dave W supplied the Maxiglide which greatly helped with sticking on the bottoms of our skis. Reaching the highway the trail turns back following the road with one short loop. We came back to the parking lot for lunch at about 12:30 p.m.
After lunch the skiers except for Brent went north toward Sink Hollow. (Brent took another lap on the groomed trail.) The skiers soon cut off to the left toward Long Hollow, breaking trail through the meadow created by logging. The sun broke out and the wind knocked fresh snow off the trees. A raven watched over us making croaking sounds. We had a short downhill and decided to go further north encountering a small igloo village. A this point we turned back, returning to the cars at about 2:15 p.m.
Note: The Wood Camp snowshoers traveled up the Old Juniper Trail, which looked like it had been mechanically groomed. They crossed the Wood Camp Hollow drainage on the new bridge, then headed up Wood Camp Hollow along the route we often follow in early summer on our way to a seasonal waterfall (Wood Camp Hollow also is the site of a massive avalanche in 1986). The group stopped for a short lunch about 12:10 (the waterfall will be revealed when the snow melts - it's location is nearly a mile farther and 1000 feet higher than the lunch spot). On the way down a young moose provided a great photo opportunity as it browsed among the bushes before moving away.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative and photos, Michelle, Kathy, Jane, and Dave P. for photos and David, Dave W and Ralph for photos and GPS data.