Grooming report 2/23/14
As of 2/23/14 there is about 5” of snow at the trailhead, although it is wet and heavy. The snowcat groomed the Danish Dugway, Saddle Creek, the Gorge overland trail past the Elk Valley Guard station and Hells Hollow back to Hardware. There is evidence of recent avalanches in Saddle Creek and the Gorge. Be aware that the US Forest Service has the gate closed at the Elk Valley Guard Station. There is a snow bridge over the gate but use caution.
Be aware that the U.S. Forest Service made changes to the trail at Saddle Creek toward Hells Hollow. The trail was moved from the bottom of the canyon up along the West side. The snowmobile trail will follow the new road and has been marked. Also minor changes were made to the summer trail near the Elk Valley Guard Station, however it is anticipated that the snowmobile trail will follow the same route it has in the past.
The weekly grooming schedule will be as follows:
Friday: Bug Lake Loop
Saturday: Hells Hollow Loop
Sunday: Cottonwood Trail
Tuesday: Snow cat maintenance
Wednesday: Redspur / clean up
The schedule is subject to change based upon weather and trail conditions:
Know before you Go! Visit the following websites for additional information regarding trail and weather conditions before heading to the trailhead:
For a live camera view near the Hardware Ranch Trailhead visit:http://commuterlink.utah.gov
For hourly snow depth measurements across the State of Utah visit:http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snotel/Utah/utah.html
For daily avalanche forecasts visit:http://utahavalanchecenter.org
Utah Snowmobile Association