Wood Camp Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, 17 February, 2019
Fifteen people met and headed up to Wood Camp. We were able to drive up to the trailhead although we had to push a couple of vehicles out of frozen ruts in order to turn and park. At the trailhead we had 16 people because another person met us there. Altogether there were 5 cross-country skiers and 11 snowshoers: Marco, Ali, Brent, Jane, Dave W, Teresa, Laurel, Lynne, Tawnya, Maury, Maggie, Rachel, Jesse, Becky, Kathy, and Dave P (leader).
There was a couple inches of new snow on a firm crust, thin clouds and a light breeze. These were good conditions but some skiers had ice buildup from the warming snow and had to stop to scrape and lube their ski bottoms. We saw a young moose across the valley from the west fork. It was climbing up the slope away from us and breaking awkwardly through the crust until it was hidden by juniper trees.
We had lunch about 12:15 in a sunny spot where the trail makes the first switchback, just south of the “Trail →” sign. On the way down the skiers were able to make easy off-trail turns until near the bottom where the new snow was thin, warm and too fast for easy skiing. At that point the snowshoers had an easier time.
Thanks to Dave P for the narrative, Dave, Jane and Dave W for photos and Teresa for the GPS data.