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Wood Camp Ski/Snowshoe, 16 January, 2016

We assembled as usual at 10:00 am. There were 17 participants - Kip, Dave W, Joe, Lavae, Monika, Jane, Betty, Lynn, Gordon, Dave P, Stephanie, Brent, Christine, Nickolai, Alex, Nick (the trip leader). Before we drove off to the trailhead, we reviewed the latest UDOT information reporting poor high-elevation Logan Canyon road conditions along with the latest Limber Pine area weather reporting 0 F and up to 20 mile/hour winds. Following a brief discussion, we all agreed that a hike up the Jardine Juniper Trail would be much preferred.

The snow was excellent as we started out at about 11:00 from the Wood Camp trailhead. Dave W, Dave P and Betty were on skis and the rest on snowshoes. The trail was unbroken following the previous days of near-constant snowfall, and so the group was happy to let Nickolai and Alex take the lead. We took a short break for photographs just before the stream crossing and made our lunch stop at the first switchback in the shelter of a grove of trees. Ours was a good trip in familiar territory - we all were comfortably warm despite the weather, and pleased to avoid the Limber Pine Trail on this winter's day.

Trip Summary:

  • Due to weather considerations, an alternate destination was chosen before leaving Logan
  • Organized carpools and drove 13 miles up Logan Canyon to the Wood Camp trailhead
  • On the trail by 11:00, with a lunch stop at noon (two lunch groups were about 1/4 mile apart)
  • Back at the trailhead at 1:15 and Logan at 1:50
  • Lightly snowing with a moderate breeze, 30° F, with 33 inches snow depth and about 8 inches new snow
  • Our GPS track shows 3.6 miles with 760 feet of elevation

Editor's note: Trip leaders are encouraged to modify plans if warranted by adverse conditions (this trip was originally scheduled for Limber Pine). Poor weather and road conditions prompted a similar change of plans in 2014, although sometimes winter trip plans are changed due to a lack of snow.

Thanks to Nick for the narrative, Stephanie for photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS work.

Trailhead

Snowshoers at the trailhead

Trail

Making our way up the snowy trail

Sign
1.1 miles up the trail, just before the stream crossing
First Lunch
Enjoying lunch along the trail

Lunch

Gearing up after lunch in a grove of trees
 
Snowshoers Sunshine
Happy snowshoers Just a hint of sun on the way back

Selfie

Selfie time!

GPS

GPS data (for most participants) shows 3.6 miles with 760 feet of elevation

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