Stump Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 2 January 2022
Ten participants and one dog carpooled from Logan leaving about 10:10 a.m. and arriving at the Beaver Junction parking area across the highway from the trailhead at about 10:45 a.m. The 11th participant met us at the parking area. A few cars were already in the well plowed parking lot as well as a person doing a recreation survey which we completed at the end of the trip.
The three cross-country skiers, Maggie, Dave W., and Dave P., and eight snowshoers, Susan (the leader), Jane, Brent, Laurel and her dog Zinnia, Jake (first time snowshoeing), Chris, Ophelia, and Ralph crossed Hwy 89, donned gear, and met up for a group photo at the Stump Hollow trailhead sign.
All participants, except Maggie and Dave P. continued up the original trail that hugs the east-facing slope - this is the official route of the Stump Hollow Great Western Trail, a trail section that has seen little use since the mountain bike riders prefer to travel over the old, abandoned jeep road in the bottom of the drainage. Several hikers had worked on this section in the fall, placing signs and flagging, clearing brush and improving tread.
Nice views, snow flocked trees, and excellent snow conditions were to be had. Snowshoe hare and other small creature tracks were observed but no animals were sighted.
The group converged with the ‘old road’ track at the bottom of the hollow and then continued up to the lunch spot on the edge of the trail to sit in the sun (the snow was 40 inches deep there).
Following the lunch break, most participants continued back down the old ‘road’ trail while Dave P. and Brent returned via the original trail route on the slope and convened where the two merged at the bottom.
Participants returned to the parking lot about 2:10 p.m. and several stayed to take the recreation survey.
Thanks to Susan for the narrative and photos, Jane, Dave P. and Ophelia for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.