Providence Canyon Hike/Snowshoe, 13 March 2022
Nine hikers met at the Smith's parking lot for the scheduled hike to Long Hollow. First-hand reports of white-out conditions near Beaver Mountain, along with the forecast for near 20 mile per hour winds, led the group to debate alternate options. The consensus was a hike up Providence Canyon. The group met at the parking lot at the mouth of Providence Canyon, crossed to the south side of the creek, and began the hike at 10:25am. Several hikers choose trail crampons in the
hard-packed trail conditions while others donned snowshoes. The temperatures at the beginning of the hike read 46 degrees on one digital thermometer. The group traveled up the canyon under overcast skies and stopped for lunch at the 2 1/2 mile mark and 12:10pm. Forest Service fencing provided what one hiker described as "the best lunch seating" we had recently. After lunch the group ventured about 3/4 of a mile further east, arriving at the lower end of the quarry at
1:07pm. After a brief re-group, the hikers decided to descend the canyon on the road. As the group descended, darkening clouds at the mouth of the canyon and increasing breezes brought a brief snow shower. Otherwise the weather conditions were much better than those reported in Logan Canyon. The snow-covered road gave way to dirt and gravel for the last 3/4 mile of the return to the parking lot. The group arrived back at the lot at 2:30pm.
Thanks to David for the narrative, Ralph, Michelle, Jane, and Brent for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.