Sink Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 24 January, 2021

A grand group of 17 skiers and snowshoers met at the usual rendezvous of Smith’s Marketplace at 10 a.m. We convoyed up the canyon in a multitude of vehicles to the large parking lot on the Beaver Mountain road. Everyone found places to park around the snowmobile rigs. We started on the trail at 11 a.m. We trekked through fresh powdery snow under blue sky with just enough cold to keep the white stuff crystalline. After getting past the snowmobile road and clearcut meadow, the trail enters a forest and winds gradually upward through snow-crusted  trees and undergrowth. We trekked past the famous Sink Hollow to Idaho (see photo evidence), then headed back to the sink for lunch. Dave W. regaled us with the story of Sink Hollow and the recently rediscovered cave entrance. We refrained from peeking over the edge, especially after Dave’s caution about avalance risk. After lunch, the skiers cruised back down the trail while the snowshoers returned at a more sedate pace. We passed other snowshoers and skiers also enjoying the new snow and mild winter day. 

Trip Summary:
  • Seventeen trekkers: Teresa (leader). Susan, Dave W., Jane, Dave P. Maggie, Rachel, and Chris on cross-country skis, and Brent, Ralph, Laurel, Dan, Ophelia, Kathy, Michelle, David, and Kaylee on snowshoes.
  • Drove 29 miles to the Sink Hollow Winter Trailhead just past the Beaver Mountain turnoff
  • Started on the trail at 11:00 a.m. and returned to the parking lot about 1:45 p.m., with lunch about 12:30-1:00pm
  • 4.2 miles round trip with about 500 ft elevation change
  • Temperatures about 30 degrees with calm, blue skies 

Thanks to Teresa for the narrative, Kathy, Ophelia and David for photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS data.

The Beaver Creek Road/Sink Hollow Trail junction near the beginning of our trip
On the Sink Hollow Trail
Idaho Bernie
Our turn-around spot at the Idaho border
Skiers on the way down
On the trail
Heading back down the trail
Back at the Beaver Creek Road near the end of our trip
Our GPS track shows about 4.2 miles and 500 feet of ascent and descent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.