We followed a snowmobile track as the trail climbed into the forest. After climbing about 600 feet in 1.5 miles, we stopped slightly off the trail to enjoy lunch and the sunny weather. Influenced by a snow art event featured in the morning newspaper and the Spiral Jetty of Great Salt Lake fame, Jane created the first of two "snow spirals".
After lunch we continued climbing into the open aspen forest eventually arriving at the ridge top with views to the north and Steam Mill Peak. We descended northeast down the ridge to an open meadow where Jane and Deanna created the second and larger snow spiral. At this point we realized that we had deviated from our intended track, so we headed north to join the route of last year's snowshoe trek. Following this ridge we descended again into the forest eventually coming out into the lower meadows of Franklin Basin.
Earlier in the day we saw some grouse tracks, so we were pleased when we came upon a grouse and photographed it slowly crossing our path maybe 20 yards ahead. The group had a short rest at the horse corral before continuing across the meadow and the Logan River bridge. Fish were seen from the bridge. We were back at the cars by 4 p.m.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative and photos, Jim, Dave P., and Jane for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS work