Sink Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 5 January, 2020
A large group of 7 skiers and 9 snowshoers convened at 10 a.m. at Smith’s Marketplace for the first outing of the 2020 winter season. Susan (trip leader), Dave P., Dave W., Jane, Brent, Laurel, Bryce, Kinsey, Teresa, Catherine, Kathy, Michelle, David, Tawnya, Chris, and Christine left Smith’s a little after 10 a.m. and carpooled to the Sink Hollow Winter Trailhead parking area near Beaver Mountain ski resort, arriving about 10:50 a.m. Chris C. was waiting at the parking area (also on skis) for a total of 17 participants. It started to snow just before we arrived and it snowed steadily for the duration of the outing.
The group headed out on the trail toward Sink Hollow about 11 a.m. The snow enthusiasts arrived at the sink, headed another 400 ft. up the trail to the Utah-Idaho border for photos, then back to the Sink for lunch about 12:30 p.m. Chris C. headed back early, not stopping for lunch.
The group had lunch by the sink and left a little before 1 p.m., arriving back at the vehicles at about 2 p.m. Only a few snowmobile trailers were parked in the lot and there was no noticeable noise during the outing.
Snow became heavier in the upper canyon as we embarked on the trip back to Logan. The road was partly snow-covered almost to Logan creating slower travel. Participants arrived back at the Smith’s parking lot before 3 p.m.
Sink Hollow is a good early season high elevation destination consisting of easy terrain for either skis or snowshoes, a tree-lined trail, a small geologic feature (sink), and (so far) guaranteed snow.
Thanks Susan for the narrative, Teresa and Tawnya for photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS data.