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Uintah Basin Grooming Report

Groomer: Mike Murray Phone: 435-789-4432
Title: State Park Trail Grooming Coordinator Email: mikemurray@utah.gov

Normal Weekly Grooming Schedule

This schedule changes due to snow conditions and break downs. Call 1-801-538-RIDE for up to date information. Grooming runs will start approximately 2:00 PM.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    Taylor Mt.
Snow Permitting
4pm to 12 am

 

  Red Cloud Loop
Iron Springs to Leidy turn
4pm to 3am

 

Red Cloud Loop
East Park around Loop
4pm to 3am

 

 

Trail Conditions

 

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Grooming Report 12/1/14

The 2014 - 2015 season is fast approaching. Currently all the roads are still open to motor vehicles and are do to close on December 15, 2014. Utah State Parks has once again partnered with the Forest Service, Uintah and Daggett County to groom the trails.

 

All grooming operations will start when the Forest Service officially closes the roads on the mountain and all Snowcat operators are trained. So lets all hope for a good snow year and by all means get your snowmobiles tuned up, registered, and safety equipment all in good working order. As a reminder, now is a great time to get your snowmobile riders who are under 16 through the safety course that is required by law. The safety course can be taken at www.stateparks.utah.gov.

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Grooming Report 03/4/14

 It wasn't a very good year for grooming the trails this season.  The snowcat was able to make it out 1 time this year 

and found the snow conditions poor to safely operate the snowcat.  The snow depths, as per the snowtel site,  still shows only 20" at trout creek.  Lets hope for better conditions next year.

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Grooming Report 01/24/14

The roads at East Park, Taylor Mountain and Dry Fork have been closed by the Forest Service. Uintah County has hired a part-time snow cat operator for the complex. Grooming operations have yet to begin. There is currently 17 inches of snow at trout creek with the trailheads having 3 inches of packed snow.  Grooming operations will begin when there is enough snow to allow for safe operation of the snow cat..

 

As a reminder, now is a great time to get your snowmobile riders , who are under 16, through the safety course that is required by law. The safety course can be taken at www.stateparks.utah.gov.

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Grooming Report 1/13/14

The roads at East Park, Taylor Mountain and Dry Fork have been closed by the Forest Service. Uintah County has hired a part-time snow cat operator for the complex. Grooming operations will begin when the operator is trained and enough snow has fallen as to not damage the snow cat. There is currently about 20 inches of snow at trout creek.

 

As a reminder, now is a great time to get your snowmobile riders , who are under 16, through the safety course that is required by law. The safety course can be taken at www.stateparks.utah.gov.

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Grooming Report 01/03/14

Grooming operations are getting close to starting.  Currently the roads at East Park, Taylor Mountain and Dry Fork have been closed by the Forest Service.  Uintah County is in the process of hiring a part-time snow cat operator for the complex.  Grooming operations will begin when the operator is hired, trained and enough snow has fallen as to not damage the snow cat.  There is currently about 18 inches of snow at trout creek. 

 

As a reminder, now is a great time to get your snowmobile riders , who are under 16, through the safety course that is required by law.  The safety course can be taken at www.stateparks.utah.gov.

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Grooming Report 12/16/13

Grooming operations are getting close to starting.  Currently the roads at East Park, Taylor Mountain and Dry Fork have been closed by the Forest Service.  Uintah County is in the process of hiring a part-time snow cat operator for the complex.  Grooming operations will begin when the operator is hired, trained and enough snow has fallen as to not damage the snow cat.  There is currently about 7 inches of snow at each of the trailheads.

 

As a reminder, now is a great time to get your snowmobile riders , who are under 16, through the safety course that is required by law.  The safety course can be taken at www.stateparks.utah.gov.

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Grooming Report

The 2013 - 2014 season is fast approaching.  Currently all the roads are still open to motor vehciles and are do to close on December 15, 2013.  Utah State Parks has once again partnered with the Forest Service and Uintah County to groom the trails.  There have been a few changes and Uintah County is currently looking for a part-time paid snow cat operator to groom the trails in Uintah County.

 

All grooming operations will start when the Forest Service officially closes the roads on the mountain and an operator is hired.  So lets all hope for a good snow year and by all means get your snowmobiles tuned up, registered, and safety equipment all in good working order.  As a reminder, now is a great time to get your snowmobile riders who are under 16 through the safety course that is required by law.  The safety course can be taken at www.stateparks.utah.gov.

 

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Grooming Report 03/22/13

Hi. This is Jeff Steele your Assistant Trail Grooming Coordinator for the Uintah Basin snowmobiling complex.

As of 03/22/2013, Taylor Mountain to Dry Fork and the Red Cloud Loop were last groomed on 03/13/13.  Snow conditions are deteriorating very quickly.  Due to the snow conditions grooming operations have been suspended for the season.  Lets all hope for a better snow season next year. 

- Chepeta Lake - 4 +  inches inches in higher elevations
- Paradise Lake - 4 +  inches in higher elevations
- Dry Fork - 8 +  inches in higher elevations
- Taylor Mountain - 2 + inches in higher elevations
- East Park - 3 + inches in higher elevations
- East McKee - 3 + inches in higher elevations
 
All parking lots at trailheads have been plowed .

We encourage you to obtain an avalanche advisory before venturing out into the backcountry. Also be prepared with the appropriate gear and training. If you have snowmobile riders under the age of 16, they need to take the snowmobile safety course, which is required by law. The safety course can be taken at www.stateparks.utah.gov.

 
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Grooming Report 03/01/13

Hi. This is Jeff Steele your Assistant Trail Grooming Coordinator for the Uintah Basin snowmobiling complex.

As of 03/01/2013, Taylor Mountain to Dry Fork and the Red Cloud Loop were groomed this week.  Trail conditions should be good.  The following snow conditions exist: (We need more snow in the mountains. The snowtel site at Trout Creek is reporting 29" of snow.)

- Chepeta Lake - 10 + inches inches in higher elevations
- Paradise Lake - 10 + inches in higher elevations
- Dry Fork - 14 + inches in higher elevations
- Taylor Mountain - 7 + inches in higher elevations
- East Park - 8 + inches in higher elevations
- East McKee - 7 + inches in higher elevations
 
All parking lots at trailheads have been plowed .

We encourage you to obtain an avalanche advisory before venturing out into the backcountry. Also be prepared with the appropriate gear and training. If you have snowmobile riders under the age of 16, they need to take the snowmobile safety course, which is required by law. The safety course can be taken at www.stateparks.utah.gov.

 
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Grooming Report 02/25/13

Hi. This is Jeff Steele your Assistant Trail Grooming Coordinator for the Uintah Basin snowmobiling complex.

As of 02/25/2013, East Park, Dry Fork and Taylor Mountains trails were groomed last week.  Trail conditions should be good.
The following snow conditions exist: (We need more snow in the mountains. The snowtel site at Trout Creek is reporting 29" of snow.)

- Chepeta Lake - 10 + inches inches in higher elevations

- Paradise Lake - 10 + inches in higher elevations

- Dry Fork - 14 + inches in higher elevations

- Taylor Mountain - 7 + inches in higher elevations

- East Park - 8 + inches in higher elevations

- East McKee - 7 + inches in higher elevations



All parking lots at trailheads have been plowed .



We encourage you to obtain an avalanche advisory before venturing out into the backcountry. Also be prepared with the appropriate gear and training. If you have snowmobile riders under the age of 16, they need to take the snowmobile safety course, which is required by law. The safety course can be taken at www.stateparks.utah.gov.

 

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