Mill Hollow, 18 February, 2024

14 Cache Hikers met at Smith's Marketplace on a snowy Sunday morning to hike or snowshoe a loop from Spring Hollow Campground to Mill Hollow, Bridger Campground and back.

We arranged carpools and headed for the trail users/fisherman's parking at Spring Hollow.  We were pleased to find Laurel and her dog Zinnia patiently awaiting our arrival.

It was snowing lightly as we started up through the campground to the "new trailhead" near the bridge.  Overnight snow had decorated the trees in white lace.  Clouds dimmed the light and it felt like we were walking through a muted water color painting.

Several of us hiked in boots and cleats as the trail was somewhat packed, but not always smooth.  Those of us on snowshoes packed the trail up Mill Hollow to our "lunch" spot, easing the way for those in boots.

The weather had warmed a little as we returned to the bottom of Mill Hollow and the precipitation was a wintry mix of wet snow and rain.  Wind was blowing up the canyon and this unpleasant combination of conditions caused us to abandon the walk down to Bridger Campground.  Instead, we opted to shorten the hike by dropping straight down to the river trail and back to our cars.

Many members of the group met at El Toro Viejo for an enjoyable lunch and social time.

Trip Summary:
  • 15 participants: Dave W., Ralph, Teresa, Dan, Susan, Kathy, Dave P., Claire, Bree, Chris, David, Troy, Deanna, Brent L.(leader), Laurel and Zinnia the dog.
  • Carpooled from Smith's Marketplace 7 miles to Spring Hollow Campground.
  • Started hiking about 10:30 under cloudy skies and light snow.
  • Snack break up Mill Hollow 11:25-11:40 a.m. (heavier snowfall)
  • Back to the cars at 12:30 p.m. (rain)
  • Lunch at El Toro Viejo at 1:00 p.m.

Thanks to Brent for the narrative and photos, Ralph and Bree for photos, and Dave W for photos and GPS data.

Organizing carpools at Smith's, a snowy and wet beginning of the day

Heading up Spring Hollow

The "new" Spring Hollow trailhead at the upper group campsite 

Yes, it's not unusual to see moose in Spring Hollow
Looking down Spring Hollow toward Logan Canyon

Heading up Mill Hollow
A snowy snack stop in Mill Hollow

Snow changed to rain by the time we got back to the Bridger Look Off junction

Walking back to Spring Hollow Campground on the River Trail

Our GPS track shows about 2.4 miles and 600 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.