Sink Hollow Snowshoe, February
This trip was originally planned for Providence Canyon, but Jim decided to lead the group on an
excursion to Stump Hollow to avoid the icy conditions and lack of snow at
lower elevations. Here, we found base of about 2 feet of
softly crusted snow, topped by a fresh 4 inches of powder from the
previous day. This
was designated as a "snowshoe only" trip to accommodate the narrow
terrain of Providence Canyon, but skis would have been fine for
this alternate destination.
Ten people participated: Jim, Dave P., Dave W., Jeanne, Tim,
Jane, Christine D., Norma, Christine B., and Carol (a visitor from
Chicago, Carol found our website and decided to join us while
vacationing). We saw several large dead trees along the way,
apparent victims of pine beetle attacks. Researchers had
removed round patches of bark and circled the trunks with fine
mesh on some trees. We also spotted evidence of porcupine
feeding, tracks of snowshoe hares and squirrels, and chickadees
entertained us with their lively calls. Our total trip
distance was 2.7 miles with 400 feet of elevation.
The Stump Hollow trail leads to Peter Sink, one of the coldest
locations in the continental U.S!
The sun came out on the way
back, brightening our way and providing a bit of welcome warmth on
this chilly day.