Stump Hollow, 8 January, 2023
Fourteen Cache Hikers – two on skis (Dave W., Teresa), one on a snowboard (David) and eleven on snowshoes (Alex, Bree, Brent L, Claire, Dave P, Jane, Jesse, Kathy, Linda, Michelle, and Ralph – participated in the Stump Hollow trip. The group met at the Smith’s Food and Drug parking lot on Main Street in Logan and after introductions, carpooled 28 miles to the Beaver Junction parking area in Logan Canyon. We arrived about 10:40 a.m. The temperature at the parking area was about 15º F.
After crossing US-89 and donning gear, we headed up the Stump Hollow trail, stopping at the trail head for a group picture. This is part of the GWT (Great Western Trail), and we followed the official trail that breaks to the right about a quarter mile from the trail head and bypasses the old jeep road section in the Stump Hollow drainage. Views on this route are much better than those on the old jeep road section. The trail merges back to the original trail after about three quarters of a mile and continues up the Hollow.
As we continued up the trail, we cut east up to the ridge overlooking the trail. This alternative route that was the most packed and certainly easier than continuing up the deep snow on the official trail. We found a nice open spot on the ridge with some sun and ate lunch about 12:30 p.m. After lunch we headed down eventually taking the old jeep road section of the trail and reached the parking area about 2:10 p.m. Everyone returned to Logan by about 3:00 p.m
This was a nice outing with fresh snow making progress a little more difficult than normal as we had to pack fresh snow as we went. Several hikers remarked this was more snow they had seen on the Stump Hollow trail in previous winter trips.
Thanks to Ralph for the narrative, photos and GPS data, and Kathy for photos.