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Sink Hollow Ski/Snowshoe, January 4, 2015


Thirteen people went on the outing: Dave P (leader), Kathy, Dave W, Alex, Stephanie, Monika, Jeremy, Joan, Mark, Mariel, Jim, Chris and Diane. The two Daves and Jim were on skis and the rest on snowshoes.

Although it was more than a week since the last good snow and the valley had high winds a few days before, conditions were good with packed powder on the trail and thick snow on the trees. Three snowshoers decided to turn around after about two miles. The rest had lunch at the sink, where the snow was deep enough to require packing before taking off skis, as DP, DW, and Jim discovered. DW probed the snow to determine it was 85 cm (33 inches) deep.

After lunch we went a short distance to the Idaho line. On the way back Stephanie found fresh snowshoe hare tracks with pad and claw marks that were not there when we went up. Jim scored the only fall of the day to avoid running into Alex. We got a flurry of snow at the end of the trip to top off a good day.

Trip Summary:

  • Started from trailhead 10:55 under overcast skies and calm wind
  • Arrived sinkhole at 12:10
  • Lunch break 12:15 - 12:45 (33 degrees F and 33 inches snow depth)
  • Idaho border at 12:50
  • Return to trailhead 1:50 and back in Logan at 2:40
  • 4.2 miles round trip with 460 ft. of elevation

Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative and Dave W. for the GPS work and photos

 

Heading up Sink Hollow

Heading up Sink Hollow

 

At the sinkhole

At the edge of the sinkhole

 

The Idaho border

The obligatory photo at the border

 


GPS track

Our GPS track showed 4.2 miles with 460 feet of elevation
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