During the month of March, 2009, I went snowshoeing 3 times in the area above the Snowbasin road between the area called Green Pond and the Snowbasin ski resort. I went there once on my own checking it out and then twice more with my neighbor Roy. We found this area to be a great place for snowshoeing for many reasons; There was good snow depth, varying from 3 to 4 feet, and the uphill incline was not too steep for climbing. When traversing horizontally, it was almost level. The depth of the snow made it easy to walk out over most of the landscape with ease, compared to what it would be in summer. We covered a fair amount of area up there, walking all over the lower slopes of the mountain. I didn't have my GPS unit with me so don't really know how far we walked. The first walk I took up there was for about 3 hours, the second time with Roy for about two hours and the third time, again with Roy, lasted about four hours. The area is very beautiful and pristine. I took many hundreds of photos during the three trips, too many to show them all.
Start of the first two snowshoe hikes, near Snowbasin Ski Resort
The starting point for the first two hikes was from the highest point along the new Snowbasin road, climbing up a few hundred yards and then going south, walking through a forest of pine trees and wild oak. We ran across one of the ski slopes going up, and watched skiers coming down. To the south we came across a compacted or groomed cross country ski trail, were we saw a ski rescue snowmobile coming from the Strawberry ski lift. There is no road over to Strawberry, you either ski over from the mountain tops, or across this groomed trail between Strawberry and Snowbasin.
Green Pond trailhead, start of 3rd snowshoe hike
While up there snowshoeing I was looking for Green Pond, a small lake that I knew was in this area, but wasn't able to find it the first two hikes. The last day we went, we decided to start from the Green Pond Trailhead, (brilliant huh?). We couldn't miss finding it that way. Ha! We walked right past Green Pond, thinking it was a snow covered field.
This is probably Green Pond, frozen and covered with deep snow
When we reached the groomed cross country trail, we followed it south over to the Gondola Station at Strawberry. While there we had some hot chili for lunch and asked around for directions to Green Pond. We were told that it was down below in the area were we came up.
Strawberry Gondola Station
On the way down we found a trail marked with ribbons tied to the trees, which took us to Green Pond. Seeing it from above we could tell that it was a small lake covered with snow. Eventually we reached the point were we had passed it coming up and recognized it now as being a small lake, though probably at a very low level, frozen, and covered in deep snow. At this point we met a couple snowshoeing up the trail, the Andersons. We also discovered that Green Pond is not far from the road.
Green Pond, seen from above through the trees
I recently found a program for stitching photos together into long panoramic views, so I took a lot of photos with that intention. I have included a page of them. Click here
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Panoramic view of the Snowbasin area above Green Pond. Click on photo to see more panoramas
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Snow Shoeing Green Pond Area
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I used a Canon Powershot SD700 IS Digital Elph, 6 megapixel, with 4x optical and 4x digital zoom.
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