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February 28, 2012

Groomed CO-OP to Lake Creek yesterday.  Received approximately 12 " of new snow in the last 24 hours at highway 40 elevation.  Will attempt to groom CO-OP to Lake Creek on Thursday.  Indian Creek, Sheep Creek, Trail Hollow, Mudd Creek and Clyde Creek on Friday.  We are still not into the routine found on the cover page for Strawberry Complex.  I will keep posting updates on where we have been and snow conditions.

 Avalanche danger is very high.  Please go to the avalanche link on this web page for the current condition in the area you are planning to ride.  Travel in pairs, carry avalanche beacons and some form of communication with extra batteries.  A GPS unit could be invaluable if lost and you can make communication with someone.  Be prepared for spending the night outdoors in winter conditions.

 www.stateparks.utah.gov  is another good link for current OHV laws and safety education classes that are required for younger riders.  Thanks, please be safe, prepared and have fun!

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February 23, 2012

The snow cat got out today and went up CO-OP trail.  It made it all the way to the kiosk that is at the summit of Lake Creek.  It also went down Strawberry River to the corrals.  Then it turned around and finished by going down CO-OP.  There still is not enough snow at the lower elevations to go across Lew's Cutoff, so we cannot complete the full CO-OP-Strawberry loop.

Also due to this snow pack, we are unable to make it over to the Mud Creek-Clyde Creek Loop, or the Indian Creek-Trail Hollow Loop.  Once we get more snow we will reassess this area and hopefully be able to groom it shortly.

Some good news, however,  the groomer did report that there was approximately 4 inches of new snow at Tower Mountain.  So this past storm did bring us a little snow at the summits.

Please remember to check the avalanche conditions before you go out, and wear your beacons.

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February 18, 2012

We were able to groom CO-OP Creek and most of Lake Creek on Thursday.  Friday we did get to Indian Creek, Sheep Creek, Trail Hollow, Mudd and Clyde Creek.  We will try and do CO-OP and the upper part of Strawberry River today.  Even with last week's snow there is very little at the lower elevation and not as much as you might think at higher elevation.  There is still some good snowmobiling but keep in mind the lack of sufficient snow depths can create vegetation and rock hazards in the play areas.  Will try and post some pictures after today of the Strawberry area.

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February 10, 2012

The snow cat went out today.  It went up CO-OP to the kiosk at Lake Creek Summit and back.  As you probably know there still is not much snow at the trail heads, so we still will not be grooming anything on the South side of highway 40.  I also do not know when the next time we will be going down Strawberry River.  Please check back for more updates.

Make sure you are checking the avalanche conditions before going out.  Just because it is not snowing does not mean that the snow conditions are not changing.  The wind, and time plays a big factor too.

 

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February 7, 2012

Last Friday we groomed CO-OP to just above the corrals in on the Strawberry River Trail.  Saturday we groomed CO-OP to the top of Lake Creek. Sunday we walked the groomer over to Mudd Creek and did that trail and Clyde Creek.  There is still a lack of snow at the lower elevations.  More snow higher up but not allot.  We have not been able to get over to Indian Creek and Trail Hollow because of the current snow conditions. 

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February 3rd, 2012

The snow cat was out grooming today.  It went up CO-OP trail to the Strawberry River turn.  It did not go past Tower Mountain to Lake Creek Summit due to snow conditions.  The wind has blown all the snow off the trail by Tower Mountain making it unaccessible with the cat.  The snow cat went down Strawberry River and made it just above the corrals before turning around, and coming back the way it came.  We are still unable to take the cat across Lew's cut-off, and we will not be able to do the entire CO-OP Strawberry loop until it snows more.

Please remember to check snow and avalanche conditions before heading off into the back country.  Wear your avalanche beacons and prepare for the worst.

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January 29, 2012

We groomed CO-OP and down Strawberry River to the corrals and returned the same way.  The lack of snow will keep us from making this loop on a regular basis.  We are unable at this time to get the snowcat safely over to Clyde Creek and Mudd Creek.  We have not made it into the Indian Creek, Sheep Creek, Trail Hollow area this year.  There is three feet of snow at the top of Strawberry towards Tower Mountain but it is "sugar" snow with little base to it.  The snow cat had troubles getting out of the Strawberry River trail last night because of the snow conditions.   We will try and run the groomer where we can but it will be hard to establish a schedule without additional snow.  The picture below was taken two weeks ago.  There is actually less snow now at the trail head elevations.  Daniels Summit Lodge and Strawberry Marina are still running snowmobiles out of their complexes. 

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January 27, 2012

We got the cat out today and groomed CO-OP trail up to Tower Mountain and Lake Creek summit, and back.  We were unable to go down Strawberry River at all.  The snow at the trail heads is still only 6-9 inches deep, and therefore we cannot go across Lew's cut-off.  This weekend we will be working on a plan to go up CO-OP and down strawberry and back the same way, but at this time only CO-OP is groomed.  Anyone wanting to ride on a groomed trail is recommended to park at CO-OP Trailhead.  At this time, we will not be grooming any other trail heads regularly.  It is too hard on the cat to go across country with the little snow we have.  Once we get more snow we will begin grooming all of the trails on a regular bases. 

With the snow conditions as they are please be sure to check the avalanche report, and be prepared when you go into the back country!

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January 26, 2012

Clyde Creek and Mudd Creek was groomed on Monday.  Two to three feet of snow at the top but no base.  Be very careful.  Not enough snow to safely cover everything.  We groomed the lower half of CO-OP creek today but had to turn around at the second gate.  The top of CO-OP and Strawberry has not been groomed as of today.  We are going to try and groom CO-OP to Tower Mountain on Sunday.  I will try and do it sooner if possible.  We can not get the groomer across Lew's cut-off to get to the Strawberry River side.  I will work on setting up a way to get over to the Strawberry River side.  Just can not get the snow cat safely across the lower elevations until we get more snow down low.  Refer to pictures taken last week.  Nothing has changed as of today.

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January 22, 2012

There was approximately 4-8 inches of new snow at Strawberry at highway 40 elevation.  Approximately a foot of new snow at the higher elevations.  Some areas received more, other areas less.  New storm is predicted for Monday with estimated snow accumulation any where from 2-8 inches.  The lack of snow at the lower elevations and the lack of any substantial accumulation at the higher elevations is hindering our ability to start grooming without putting the groomer at risk of damage.  However, depending on what we get out of the next storm I will try and get the groomer to the higher elevations at least at Clyde Creek/Mudd Creek and possibly CO-OP Creek to Tower Mountain.  This is will depend greatly on the next storm and what it produces.  Any grooming will be posted.  The following pictures were taken on the Strawberry Marina road today.  No safe open riding at the trailhead elevations.  However, the avalanche danger is high so please go to the avalanche forecast link before going out.  Also, our plow truck is currently not operating.  We our hoping to have that fixed tomorrow.  Trail heads have been plowed but heavy wind drifts last night brought some snow into the trail heads that we were not able to clean up.

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