Peterson Hollow to Long Hollow, 12 September, 2021

For this year’s Peterson Hollow hike, we enjoyed sunny skies and mild temperatures that contrasted mightily with our 2019 hike weather. We had eleven hikers, see the list below. We dropped a car at the Sink Hollow trailhead then drove back to Franklin Basin parking at Peterson Hollow, which is about 3 miles from the main Franklin Basin parking lot. We started hiking about 9:15 a.m. Even with the low water, crossing the Logan River was a bit of a challenge. We had three strategies: hop across rocks and logs, wade boldly in water shoes, or gingerly step through the chilly water with bare tender tootsies. All achieved the goal of dry feet.

We hiked up a dry trail through pleasant woods interspersed with meadows. The front people encouraged cattle to get off the trail and into the woods. The main challenge was negotiating the path’s checkerboard of wet brown patches (not formed enough to be pies). We found the turn off the main trail up toward Long Hollow with no trouble. We climbed more steeply to the saddle between Peterson Hollow and Long Hollow, and found a great lunch spot on a rocky exposure with views of Beaver Mtn to the south and upper Logan Canyon to the north.

After lunch we continued on the trail east through burned areas and down along the ridge north of Long Hollow. We all made our way down to the Sink Hollow parking lot, and the drivers collected the vehicles and returned for passengers. An enjoyable afternoon with fresh air, good scenery, some exercise, and pleasant company.

Trip Summary:
  • Eleven participants:  Brent, Dave W., Dave P., Kamren, Ludger, Ralph, Jane, Laylah, Laurel, April and Teresa (leader)
  • Drove 28 miles to the Peterson Hollow trail in Franklin Basin (additional driving was required for the car shuttle)
  • Started hiking about 9:15, lunch 11:40 - 12:10, ending 2:10 at the Sink Hollow Winter Trailhead near Beaver Mountain
  • Partly cloudy skies, calm winds and pleasant temperatures
  • Hiked about 5.5 miles with 1300 feet of ascent

Editors note:   Look at our hike of September 2019 for comparison (our route follows a segment of the Bear 100 Endurance Run, scheduled for Sept. 24, 2021). 

Thanks to Teresa for the narrative, Dave P. and Jane for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.

Logan RIver ford
Hikers crossed the Logan River by carefully stepping on logs and rocks, wearing "water shoes" or going barefoot
Broken sign
The trail sign was in worse condition than before
Our lunch spot at the border of the 2016 fire
Beaver Mountain view
We could see Beaver Mountain to the south as we hiked down the Long Hollow ridge
A few aspen trees were turning color
There were large spruce trees in Peterson Hollow
Our GPS track shows about 5.5 miles and 1300 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.