Big Springs Hollow
A late season snowshoe hike at South Fork proved to be more challenging than expected due to trailblazing and deep, wet snow.
Jamie and her sister Jess went snowshoeing with some friends Saturday afternoon at South Fork Park, just east of Provo Utah.
Jamie’s report of the outing:
We went snowshoeing Saturday. I’m trying to remember why I haven’t gone more this winter. Unlike skiing and snowboarding (which I do love) its a relatively cheap sport. All you need are some boots and snowshoes and you’re good. Some argue that you need poles too and I would have to agree, depending on the conditions (I might need to invest in some poles soon, they would’ve came in handy Saturday). We went to South Fork canyon in Provo canyon and it was a perfect day. New snow, clear blue skies, no wind and the air was warm. After hiking up, leaving the parking lot and civilization behind, we came to a huge open meadow and from that point on we didn’t see anyone else the rest of the time, so we felt like we were to only ones for miles. That’s the beauty of snowshoeing, hiking to areas where no one else is around and seeing places that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to see in the winter. Not to mention how pristine everything looks covered in snow. The weather was so warm all we needed were long sleeve shirts. However, there was still deep snow that offered a considerable challenge, especially when we forged our own trail and climbed straight up one of the mountains, through the trees. This part was a challenge and made those that left their gloves wishing they hadn’t. All in all it was a good day and I can’t wait to go back, the views at the top and areas that you can access with snow shoes make it all worth it. My Atlas Elektra snowshoes I picked up last spring treated me well.
Jamie also mentioned that although there were many packed trails for people of all skill levels the group mainly blazed their own trails, to better utilize the snowshoes. The weather was great, similar to the last days of spring skiing. Blogger