Sink Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 16 January, 2023

Twelve skiers and snowshoers left Smith’s Marketplace parking lot at 10:10 a.m., and carpooled up Logan Canyon, arriving at the trailhead parking lot near Beaver Mountain Ski Area at 10:50 a.m. The group started on the trail at 11:00 a.m. For the first ¾ mile we followed snowmobile tracks in relatively open areas. For the rest of the trail, in more dense forested areas, we followed ski/snowshoe tracks in 10-12 inches of powder, breaking trail at the very end near the sink and Idaho state line. Light snow began to fall as we started eating lunch at the sink at 1:00 p.m. After a half-hour lunch break, we headed back to the trailhead, arriving at 3:00 p.m. The only wildlife sighted were chickadees and a raven, but we did see several snowshoe hare, ermine and coyote tracks. Two members of the group (Jack and Dave W.) regaled us with natural history and human interest stories along the way.

Trip Summary:
  • 12 skiers/snowshoers: Bev, Bess, Shelly, Eduardo, Brent, Dave P., Teresa, Dave W. Jane, Jack, Maggie, and Chris (leader).
  • Drove 29 miles to Sink Hollow Winter Trailhead near Beaver Mountain Ski Area.
  • 4.5 miles round trip through forested terrain; approximately 500 feet elevation gain.
  • Pleasant temperatures, partly cloudy until light snow later in the day, no wind.

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

Starting out from the Sink Hollow Winter Trailhead

On the lower Sink Hollow Trail on Utah State land (trees were harvested here a few years ago)

The trail became less traveled as we progressed
Inside the US Forest lands the trail was narrower and the trees were unharvested

Skiing through fresh snow
Most of the trail was "broken" before we arrived

 The "Idaho" sign was nearly covered
This is how the border looked in January 2022

Eating lunch near the Sink

Our GPS track shows about 4.2 miles and 450 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.