Tony Grove Creek Ski/Snowshoe, 31 January 2021
Fifteen skiers and snowshoers left the Smith’s parking lot a little after 10:00 a.m. and drove 22 miles to the Tony Grove Winter Trailhead parking area arriving about 10:35 a.m. Several snowmobile trailers were already parked in the lot but there was plenty of room for other vehicles.
The group started out about 10:55 a.m. Due to the report of considerable avalanche danger, we discussed whether to take an alternate route to avoid traversing below a steep south-facing slope. Once we reached the slope it was determined that there was not enough snow danger to warrant a reroute.
We had lunch about noon along the trail in an aspen grove with mountain views to the east. Following lunch, we continued our ascent to the Tony Grove road. After continuing along the road for a short distance, the group turned east to follow the ridge looping back down to the meet the trail.
On the way down, we ran into several others; a snow biker, a skier, and a family out dog-walking and enjoying the warm sunny day. Back at the trailhead, we chatted with Toby Weed from the Utah Avalanche Center who was about to set off uphill to check the snow conditions.
Thanks to Susan for the narrative and photos, Ralph, David, Dave P. and Jane for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.