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. 

Trip Summary

  • Seventeen participants: cross-country skiers, Susan (trip leader), Dave P., Dave W., Teresa, Jane, Christine, Laurel, and Chris C. and snowshoers Brent, Tawnya, Chris, Kinsey, Bryce, Michelle, David, Kathy, and Catherine.
  • Drove 29 miles up Logan Canyon to the Sink Hollow Winter Trailhead near Beaver Mountain ski area
  • On the trail by about 11 a.m.
  • The 17 headed up the Beaver Creek road and turned off toward the Sink Hollow trail with a final destination of the Utah Idaho border
  • Lunch about 12:30 to 12:55 (with 35 inches snow depth)
  • Headed back to the vehicles arriving about 2 p.m.
  • Steady snow started just before we arrived at the trailhead parking with consistent snow for the duration of the outing
  • Increasing snow intensity on the return with snow covered roads making for slower travel
  • Temperatures in the 20s increasing to about 30 degrees
  • About 4 miles to Idaho with 450 feet of elevation
  • Back to Logan before 3 p.m.

Thanks Susan for the narrative, Teresa and Tawnya for photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS data.

At the Sink Hollow Trailhead
Snowy Trail
On the snowy trail
All the way to Idaho
Broken trail
The recently "broken" made for easier travel
Lunch near the SInk
Snowy travelers Snowman
Snowy travelers Snowman
Our GPS track shows about 4 miles and 450 feet of ascent and descent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file..