Stump Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 3 February, 2019
Sixteen individuals -- 3 on skis (Dave W., Teresa, and Maggie) and 13 on snowshoes (Dave P., Kathy, Bryce, Brent, Lynne, Steve, Georgia, Maury, Jane, Michelle, Tawnya, Bree, and Chris) -- participated in the Stump Hollow trip. We carpooled from Logan and arrived at the Beaver Junction parking area about 10:40 am. After crossing US-89, we put on our gear near the trailhead and headed into the woods. About 5-6” of fresh snow had accumulated overnight, and it snowed steadily during the outing.
On the way up Stump Hollow, we followed the original trail on the east-facing slope. It later merged with the trail in the “bottom” of the hollow, which we followed until finding a place for lunch under some conifers just before 1:00 pm. After lunch, we all headed down the “bottom” trail and reached the parking area about 2:45 pm. Snowshoe hare tracks were abundant along the trail. We also stopped at a few places to view bark beetle damage on mature lodgepole pine trees. Everyone returned to Logan about 3:15 pm.
Note: We followed the "official" trail as we traveled up the canyon. In recent years trail users have essentially abandoned this official route in favor of an old closed jeep road route that follows the drainage in the bottom of the canyon. On the map below you can see both routes (the "official" trail is part of the Great Western Trail system and is marked accordingly).
Thanks Chris for the narrative, Dave W. and Jane for photos and Dave W. for the GPS data.