Sink Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 3 January 2016
Ten people ventured to Sink Hollow: Stephanie, Chris, Sandra, Jeanne, Tim, Alex, Nickolai and Alexi were on snowshoes, and Dave W and Dave P (leader) were on skis. We arrived and immediately shed layers. Logan had been in the single digits for more than a week and it was in the teens when we left. The temperature inversion made it warm in the mountains, and by noon it was a relatively balmy 34° F. It had not snowed significantly for a week but the snow was still crisp, without icy layers, and 30 inches deep near the sink.
After lunch in the sun at the sink we went up a bit farther to the Idaho line and took traditional pictures. On the way back most took the western alternate trail through the woods and all rendezvoused back at the parking lot.
- Organized carpools in Logan about 10:00 a.m. and drove 29 miles to the Sink Hollow Winter Trailhead near Beaver Mountain ski area
- Started on the groomed snowmobile trail about 11:00 and turned off on the cross-country track up Sink Hollow (part of the Great Western Trail system)
- Stopped for lunch near the sink, 12:15 to 12:40
- Back at the trailhead at 2:00
- 4.2 miles round trip, with 450 feet of elevation gain (those taking the alternate route back traveled a little farther)
- Sunny skies, calm wind and a warm 34° F
- Returned to Logan by 2:40
Thanks for Dave P. for narrative and photos, and Dave W. for photos and the GPS work