Saturday, December 27, 2008

Big Cottonwood ~ Snowshoe 101

God blessed us with a wonderful day playing in the snow. The sun broke through the cold cloudy day. It was fun creating new trails in the fresh snow.

Mill D South Fork to Spruces loop
Parking ~ Mill D South Fork near the gate to the road.
Description ~ We parked near the sledding hill and went towards Jordan Pines. After crossing the hill we made a loop around the Spruces campground. Then we returned back. We stayed away from the avalanche areas.
Hike time ~ 2 hours to do the loop.
Ratings ~ Newbies
Restroom ~ Most of the campground outhouses are locked during the winter. You'll find a heated restroom at the Spruces campground at the half way point.
Big Cottonwood Canyon is a protected watershed area. (No dogs allowed).
Gear ~ Snow boots, wool or wick dry socks, dress in layers, water, gators or snow pants, insulated gloves, sunglasses, suncreen, and a warm hat. Bring a day pack to hold extra clothing, matches, energy snack and any avalanche gear.
Make sure you bring poles when you snowshoe!
Frostbite ~ Make sure you hydrate yourself and drink plenty of water before any winter activity. Also, have some water during and after hiking.
Big Cottonwood Canyon ~ Fort Union Blvd. & Wasatch Blvd; Salt Lake City, Utah.