Sink Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 7 January, 2024

Sixteen skiers and snowshoers left Logan at 10:10 a.m., and carpooled up Logan Canyon, arriving at the trailhead parking lot at 10:50 a.m. The group started on the trail at 11:00 a.m.  A snow event the previous evening left 4-5 inches of new snow on the trail. We traveled through open areas created by the 2017-2019 SITLA timber harvest for the first mile, and then relatively dense spruce-fir forest until we reached the sink and nearby Idaho state line. We started our lunch break at the sink at 12:45 p.m.  During lunch, Dave W. provided an overview of the geology of the area and the formation of the sink. After lunch, we headed back to the trailhead, arriving at 2:15 p.m. The only wildlife sighted were some crows, but we did see snowshoe hare and ermine tracks. 

Trip Summary:
  • 16 skiers/snowshoers: Brent L., Brent J., Ralph, Kathy, Dave P., Dave W., Jane, Bree, Darcie, David, Teresa, Koty, Claire, Ophelia, Shelly, and Chris (leader)
  • Drove 29 miles to Sink Hollow Winter Trailhead near Beaver Mountain Ski Area
  • 4.3 miles round trip, mostly through forested terrain; approximately 450 feet elevation gain
  • Mostly cloudy with occasional patches of blue sky, light wind, typical January temperatures

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

We followed SITLA's new parking rules for the Sink Hollow Winter Trailhead at Beaver Creek

The start of our trip

SITLA installed signs and barriers to keep motorized users from damaging newly planted trees in the harvested area

Heading north on the Sink Hollow Trail

The Sink Hollow trail changes from a summer jeep road to an ATV trail at the SITLA-USFS border
Snowshoe hare tracks

Our usual photo op at the Idaho border

We ate lunch near the sink - it looks a lot different in the summer

About 1/3 mile from the Idaho border we entered the burned area of the 2016 Peterson Hollow fire 

Our GPS track shows about 4.3 miles and 450 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.