Peter Sinks via Stump Hollow, 29 August, 2021
The morning was cool and relatively clear after a hot and smoky week. Only 9 hikers took advantage of this long but relatively gentle hike: Dave W, Jane, Susan, Jack, Laurel, April, Brent, Kingsley, and Dave P (leader). Many flowers had gone dormant before last week’s rain, so only a few were blooming, especially purple aster. Some chokecherry leaves had turned a vibrant red, but most still had green leaves.
We enjoyed views of the Bear River Range—all the way from Mt. Elmer to Double Top. Jack and Kingsley headed back at the drainage divide between Brush Canyon and Peter Sinks while the rest dropped down out of the forest and into the sagebrush covered basin and down to the main sink.
Peter Sinks is nearly treeless, but it was still cool enough to enjoy lunch in the sun. We tried without success to follow the seldom-used side path to the main Peter Sink, but we were able to pick it up on the way back to the trail. There were numerous large burrows along the way, possibly made by badgers and marmots.
We encountered quite a few mountain bikers on the trail, mostly muscle powered, and one group of hikers.
Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative and photos, Jane for photos and Dave W. for GPS data.