We assembled as usual at 10:00 am. There were 17 participants - Kip, Dave W, Joe, Lavae, Monika, Jane, Betty, Lynn, Gordon, Dave P, Stephanie, Brent, Christine, Nickolai, Alex, Nick (the trip leader). Before we drove off to the trailhead, we reviewed the latest UDOT information reporting poor high-elevation Logan Canyon road conditions along with the latest Limber Pine area weather reporting 0 F and up to 20 mile/hour winds. Following a brief discussion, we all agreed that a hike up the Jardine Juniper Trail would be much preferred.
The snow was excellent as we started out at about 11:00 from the Wood Camp trailhead. Dave W, Dave P and Betty were on skis and the rest on snowshoes. The trail was unbroken following the previous days of near-constant snowfall, and so the group was happy to let Nickolai and Alex take the lead. We took a short break for photographs just before the stream crossing and made our lunch stop at the first switchback in the shelter of a grove of trees. Ours was a good trip in familiar territory - we all were comfortably warm despite the weather, and pleased to avoid the Limber Pine Trail on this winter's day.
Editor's note: Trip leaders are encouraged to modify plans if warranted by adverse conditions (this trip was originally scheduled for Limber Pine). Poor weather and road conditions prompted a similar change of plans in 2014, although sometimes winter trip plans are changed due to a lack of snow.
Thanks to Nick for the narrative, Stephanie for photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS work.