Wood Camp Ski/Snowshoe, 22 January 2022

Twelve participants departed the Smith's parking lot just after 10 a.m. with a destination of the Wood Camp trailhead.  After everybody geared-up, we were ready to hit the trail shortly before 11 a.m. While Logan was overcast, Logan Canyon was magnificently blue.  Several vehicles were already parked at the trailhead.

With the temperature hovering in the mid 30s, the group departed for their journey up to the spring.  4 participants donned snowshoes; 1 rode skis, and 7 decided to try out micro-spikes (trail crampons) on the hard-packed trail.  For the first 1.5 miles, the trail was well-packed and not icy.  The last 0.5 miles to our lunch spot below the spring was still well-traveled, but at least one snowshoer was heard saying they were glad they had opted for snowshoes rather than spikes.

Some group members tried out the newly rerouted Forest Service trail, while others opted for the old one. Three of the group stopped at our lunch spot at mile 1.8 and waited while the others went ahead to the spring and back. Lunch was enjoyed with temperatures just above freezing; there was no breeze. We measured a snow depth of 32 inches at our lunch spot.  Pecan Sandies were shared in remembrance of long-time Cache Hiker Reinhard Jockel.

Other snowshoers and skiers shared the trail, both coming and going along the way.  We arrived back at the trailhead around 1:45 p.m. with temperatures still in the mid 30s (the temperature dropped and the sky clouded over as we drove down Logan Canyon into the temperature inversion in the valley below).

Trip Summary:
  • 12 Participants: Catherine and Keith (leaders), Dave P, Kathy, Dave W, Jane, Teresa, Susan, Jesse, Brent, Ophelia, Ralph
  • Drove 13 miles to Wood Camp trailhead in Logan Canyon
  • Started out from the trailhead around 10:45 a.m., arrived at the spring around 12:15 p.m. 
  • Stopped for lunch from 12:20 to 12:50 p.m., with 32 inches of snow depth
  • Returned to trailhead about 1:45 p.m.
  • Enjoyed sunny skies and calm winds, with temperatures in the mid 30s
  • Traveled about 4 miles with elevation gain of about 800 feet

Thanks to Catherine for the narrative and photos, Jane and Ralph for photos and Dave W. for photos and and GPS data.

A new information kiosk at the Wood Camp trailhead
A group photo at the Wood Camp trailhead
Heading up the "new" trail
The sunny and relatively warm day encouraged us to shed hats, gloves and outer layers of clothing
On the trail
 On the trail 1.25 miles from the start
Spring Spring
This spring marked our turn-around point
A sunny lunch spot
A sunny view to the south as we headed back down the trail
Our GPS track shows about 4 miles and 800 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.