Chalk Creek Grooming Report

Groomer: Joe Donnell, Kevin Taylor, Chris Quatrale, Joe Hamby Phone: 435-336-2241
Title: Rockport State Park Email: josephdonnell@utah.gov

Normal Weekly Grooming Schedule

***All runs start and end at the North Fork (NF) Trail Head. Grooming runs are made during various times and the snowcat may be on the trail at anytime so please use caution. This schedule is subject to change due to weather or mechanical breakdowns.

For current conditions and changes to the grooming schedule please call 1-801-538-RIDE or log onto www.snowut.com. Trails are groomed by the staff at Rockport State Park including Joe Donnell, Chris Quatrale, Kevin Taylor, and Joe Hamby.

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
No Grooming

 

Kevin

1. North Fork Trail

2. Soapstone Basin Road

3. Hwy 35 From Wolf Creek Summit to Noblett's Trail Head

4. Mill Hollow to Lake Creek Summit

Snow cat maintenance day

 

Joe

1. North Fork Trail

2. Soapstone Basin

3. Cold Springs to Silver Meadow

4. Hwy 35 From Soapstone turnoff to Hanna

 

Chris

1. North Fork Trail

2. Hwy 150 to Mirror Lake warming hut

 

Joe H.

1. North Fork Trail

2. Soapstone Basin Road

3. Hwy 35 To Nobletts Trail Head

4. Mill Hollow to Lake Creek Trail Head

 

Joe H.

1. North Fork Trail

2. Soapstone Basin Road

3. Hwy 35 to Nobletts Trail Head

4. Mill Hollow to Lake Creek Trail Head

 

Trail Conditions

 

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Mirror Lake / Mill Hollow Grooming Report

Groomer: Joe Donnell, Kevin Taylor, Chris Quatrale, Joe Hamby Phone: 435-336-2241
Title: Rockport State Park Email: josephdonnell@utah.gov

Normal Weekly Grooming Schedule

***All runs start and end at the North Fork (NF) Trail Head. Grooming runs are made during various times and the snowcat may be on the trail at anytime so please use caution. This schedule is subject to change due to weather or mechanical breakdowns.

For current conditions and changes to the grooming schedule please log onto www.snowut.com. Trails are groomed by the staff at Rockport State Park including Joe Donnell, Chris Quatrale, Kevin Taylor, and Joe Hamby.

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
No Grooming

 

Kevin

1. North Fork Trail

2. Soapstone Basin Road

3. Hwy 35 From Wolf Creek Summit to Noblett's Trail Head

4. Mill Hollow to Lake Creek Summit

Snow cat maintenance day

 

Joe

1. North Fork Trail

2. Soapstone Basin

3. Cold Springs to Silver Meadow

4. Hwy 35 From Soapstone turnoff to Hanna

 

Chris

1. North Fork Trail

2. Hwy 150 to Mirror Lake warming hut

 

Joe H.

1. North Fork Trail

2. Soapstone Basin Road

3. Hwy 35 To Nobletts Trail Head

4. Mill Hollow to Lake Creek Trail Head

 

Joe H.

1. North Fork Trail

2. Soapstone Basin Road

3. Hwy 35 to Nobletts Trail Head

4. Mill Hollow to Lake Creek Trail Head

 

Trail Conditions

 

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No grooming report for 12/11/14

As of 12/11/14 we do not have enough snow to start grooming. Hopefully we will get some storms soon so we can start before Christmas. There is about 2' of snow up high so I would stick to the trails for now. Hwy 150 is closed but Hwy 35 remains open. Do the snow dance!!!

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Grooming update 4/4/2014 last grooming of season

Grooming update for Mirror Lake /Mill Hollow 4/4/2014

As of April 4, 2014, we had received about one feet of new snow on top. On top there is about four to five feet of snow with fair to poor amounts at the trailheads.  The trails are in good shape the warm weather is starting to be a challenge for us to keep the lower levels smooth.  Thursday Soapstone, Cold Springs, Wolf Creek to the Nobblets parking area and up Mill hollow to Duchesne ridge were groomed. Our grooming season is at an end. The best trailhead with the best snow and access is going to be Soapstone. The highway 35 is lacking on snow at the lower levels. The trails may get bumpy but there is still some good spring type riding to be had on the tops of all the mountains. Watch out for danger while riding. The Avalanche danger is still High. Make sure you are wearing a beacon. Ride safe and enjoy the snow. Our grooming is ended for this season.

You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. Remember that all our runs are done at night but we may be on the trail at any time so ride under control at all times.

 

 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org  Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!

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Grooming update 3/24/2014

Grooming update for Mirror Lake /Mill Hollow 3/24/2014

As of March 24, 2014, we had received about two inches of new snow on top and are hoping the weather gives us more new snow as the week goes on.  On top there is about four to five feet of snow with low amounts at the trailheads.  The trails are in good shape the warm weather is starting to be a challenge for us to keep the lower levels smooth. Our grooming is going to be complete for the season on or around April 1.   Monday Soapstone, Cold Springs, and Wolf Creek to the Nobblets parking area were groomed. Thursday Mirror Lake highway to Mirror Lake is scheduled to be groomed. Friday the Mill Hollow to Lake Creek trailhead will be groomed. Our weekend grooming will depend on the snow at the lower levels.    Watch out for danger while riding. The Avalanche danger is still moderate. Make sure you are wearing a beacon. Ride safe and enjoy the snow.

You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. Remember that all our runs are done at night but we may be on the trail at any time so ride under control at all times.

 

 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org  Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!

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Grooming Report for 3/6/14

 Groomed Mirror Lake Hwy today up to Murdock Basin turnoff. Trail was in great shape and there was no need to waste fuel, especially with the snow storm predicted for today and tomorrow. These warm temperatures are making it very difficult to groom as the snow just wants to ball up in front of the blade and not cut and fill like it should. Therefore the trails are a little rough. What we need is a couple days of cold weather and the Mogul Master and then we can knock down the bumps. Avalanche danger is a follows:

BOTTOM LINE

While not widespread, above treeline in the wind zone, a CONSIDERABLE danger exists and human triggered avalanches are probable on all steep, wind drifted slopes, particularly those facing the north half of the compass. Once triggered, today's avalanches can break deep and wide, creating a very dangerous slide.

Strong sunshine will increase the avalanche danger to MODERATE during the heat of the day and human triggered avalanches will become possible on steep sun exposed slopes as the snow starts to bake.

Our Schedule this week will be: 

Thursday- Hwy 150 from Soapstone to Mirror Lake

Friday and Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone to Mill Hollow, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek 

Monday- Soapstone, Cold Springs, Hwy 35.

Remember to ride safe and be prepared for all conditions. Day time temperatures may be in the 40s but drop well into single digits at night so always carry your survival gear. Be Safe.

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Grooming report for 2/27/14

Groomed Mirror Lake Hwy today using the Mogul Master, trail is in great shape. We are trying to catch up on some of the other trails as they are a little bumpy but we are hopefully going to run with the Mogul Master all weekend and get them in great shape. The forecast calls for rain/snow 8 out of the next 10 days which is great news. The temperatures will be on the warmer side so the lower elevation snow may be heavy but up higher it should improve. Please ride safe as we have had several accidents lately which severe consequences. The avalanche conditions are as follows:
 
bottom line
In the wind zone at upper elevations, the avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today. Human triggered avalanches are probable on all steep, wind drifted slopes, particularly those facing the north half of the compass and especially those with an easterly component to their aspect. Once triggered, today's avalanches can break deep and wide, creating a very dangerous slide.
A MODERATE avalanche danger is found at mid elevations and human triggered avalanches are possible on steep, wind drifted slopes.
LOW avalanche danger is found on gentle slopes with no steep terrain above or adjacent to where you're riding.
Our Schedule this week will be
 
Thursday- Hwy 150 from Soapstone to Mirror Lake
Friday and Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone to Mill Hollow, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek 
Monday- Soapstone, Cold Springs, Hwy 35.
 
Remember to ride safe and be prepared for all conditions. Day time temperatures may be in the 40s but drop well into single digits at night so always carry your survival gear. Be Safe.
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Grooming update 2/24/2014

Grooming update for Mirror Lake /Mill Hollow 2/24/2014

As of February 24, 2014, we had received about two new inches on top and are hoping the weather gives us more new snow as the week goes on.  On top there is about four to five feet of snow with fair amounts at the trailheads.  The trails are in good shape.  A report from some of the riders this weekend stated the snow is in really good condition. It has a great base and is a good consistency.  Tuesday cold springs, Wolf Creek and the lower section of Mill Hollow will be groomed with the drag to help smooth the trail before the next storm. Thursday mirror lake highway is scheduled to be groomed. We should be following our schedule for the weekend.  Watch out for danger while riding. The Avalanche danger is still High. Make sure you are wearing a beacon. Ride safe and enjoy the snow.

You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. Remember that all our runs are done at night but we may be on the trail at any time so ride under control at all times.

 

 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org  Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!

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Grooming report for 2/21/14

I could repeat my report from last week in that we got a lot of snow this past week. My run over the top of Mirror Lake was epic with really deep snow and huge drifts. I had to raise all my implements just to make it over the top. It has been difficult to keep up with all the new snow so the trails are not in the best of shape but with all the powder, who cares about trail riding! Again the new snow comes with a cost as the steeper slopes need to be avoided. The avalanche report is below.
bottom line
In the wind zone at upper elevations, the avalanche danger is HIGH today. Human triggered avalanches are very likely and natural avalanches are probable on all steep, wind drifted slopes. Once triggered, today's avalanches can break deep and wide, creating a very dangerous slide.
A CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger is found at mid elevations and human triggered avalanches are probable on steep, wind drifted slopes.
LOW avalanche danger is found on gentle slopes with no steep terrain above or adjacent to where you're riding.
Our Schedule this week will be: 
Thursday- Hwy 150 from Soapstone to Mirror Lake
Friday and Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone to Mill Hollow, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek 
Monday- Soapstone, Cold Springs, Hwy 35.
Remember to ride safe and be prepared for all conditions. Day time temperatures may be in the 40s but drop well into single digits at night so always carry your survival gear. Be Safe.
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Grooming Report for 2/13/14

WOW! That pretty much sums up my Mirror Lake run today. Lots of snow, so much that I barely made it over the top. Then I got stuck in a total white with the heaviest snow I have seen in a long time. I had to turn around and get the heck out of there. Our snowpack has more than doubled in the last week with heavy wet snow. While this is good for our reservoirs later this spring, it means difficult riding conditions unless you have the best newest sled. My advice, leave the novices at home and take out the big dogs for a great day of sledding. More snow is forecasted and it will remain warm. Avalanche conditions are crazy right now so please avoid any slopes at all. I saw several avalanches on my grooming run.
bottom line
Nothing is changing on this front... avalanches are breaking deep and wide, taking out the entire seasons snowpack.
At all elevations, the avalanche danger is HIGH today and human triggered avalanches are very likely on all steep, snow covered slopes. The danger is most pronounced on slopes facing the north half of the compass, particularly those with an easterly component to their aspect. Once triggered, today's avalanches will produce a dangerous and possibly unsurvivable slide.
avalanche warning
AN AVALANCHE WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS WHERE DEEP, DANGEROUS, AND POSSIBLY UNSURVIVABLE HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY ON ALL STEEP, SNOW COVERED SLOPES. AVALANCHES CAN BE TRIGGERED FROM A DISTANCE AND LOW ON THE SLOPE.
Our Schedule this week will be: 
 
Thursday- Hwy 150 from Soapstone to Mirror Lake
Friday and Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone to Mill Hollow, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek 
Remember to ride safe and be prepared for all conditions. Day time temperatures may be in the 40s but drop well into single digits at night so always carry your survival gear. Be Safe.
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Grooming update 1/28/2014

Grooming update for Mirror Lake /Mill Hollow 1/28/2014

As of January 28, 2014, we had received about two new inches on top and are hoping the weather gives us more.  Due to lower snow totals, we are not doing all our grooming runs yet.  On top there is about three feet of snow with fair amounts at the trailheads.  The trails are in good shape.  Tuesday: Soapstone up Mill Hollow over to the Lake Creek Summit was groomed. The Cold Springs Loop was groomed from the top of Wolf Creek to Soapstone. Wolf creek to mp 24, Phelps Brook Trailhead, was groomed. Due to low snow levels on the road we could not go any further down to Hanna.  The Mirror Lake Highway up to Mirror Lake will not be groomed this week.  Friday, Mill Hollow to the Lake Creek Trailhead and Soapstone is scheduled to be groomed. Over all the trails are in great shape.  Watch out for danger while riding. The Avalanche danger is still High. Make sure you are wearing a beacon. Ride safe and enjoy the snow.

You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. Remember that all our runs are done at night but we may be on the trail at any time so ride under control at all times.

 

 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org  Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!

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Grooming Report for 1/21/14

Mother Nature is not being very nice to us this winter. We have been in a dry spell for over a week now and there is no significant snow scheduled until the end of the year. What this means is very poor snowmobiling conditions with no real powder off trail and if you do go off trail you are risking breaking parts of your snowmobile. We are still seeing lots of busted up sleds at the Trailheads. Snow depths in general are less than 3 feet. Our grooming continues but very low snow on the Wolf Creek Hwy is preventing us from grooming much of that area. We are grooming from the Silver Meadows area (Wolf Creek Summit) to the Mill Hollow turnoff but not much more than that.

 

Avalanche conditions are as follows:

 

Terrain to avoid- steep, upper elevation slopes facing the north half of the compass, especially those in the wind zone with an easterly component to their aspect, where a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger exists. Human triggered avalanches are likely.

A MODERATE avalanche danger is found on any steep wind drifted slope at mid elevations. Human triggered avalanches are possible.

Go to terrain- If you're looking for LOW avalanche danger, head to wind sheltered terrain, especially where there are no steep slopes above or adjacent to where you're riding.

 

Our Schedule this week will be:

 

Tuesday- Soapstone, Cold Springs

Thursday- Hwy 150 from Soapstone to Mirror Lake

Friday and Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone to Mill Hollow, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek

 

Remember to ride safe and be prepared for all conditions. Day time temperatures may be in the 40s but drop well into single digits at night so always carry your survival gear. Be Safe.

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