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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Any riding at brian head right now?

    So i am here at brianhead w/ my new wife on our honeymoon cuz we lucked out and got an awesome deal on a cabin for the week. We rolled in about 1:30am last night so we couldnt see much of the terrain nor how much snow was left. Also the brianhead resort said it doesnt open til 6/26 so is there anything to ride out here right now or are we gonna have to take a day trip somewhere else? Thanks in advance!

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    Not certain about Brian Head, but I think the Crest should be good to go come Friday.

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    Nothing on the mountain. You may have day-trip options if we don't get too much rain. Thunder Mountain/Red Canyon is only about 45-50 miles/~1 hour away. It's only 30 miles or so to Cedar City where Red Mountain or Three Peaks could keep you happy for a while. If things get soggy, Thunder and Red Mountain will probably be out. Three peaks should be fine short of a downpour. For directions and descriptions checkout www.utahmountainbiking.com and go to their "Cedar City and Southern Plateaus" section on their trails page.

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    what and where is the crest? Also i looked up three peaks/ thunder mountain both looked like things the wife would like.

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    He's referring to the Wasatch Crest......Northern Utah's snow got sent south this winter via El Nino, Brian Head (the non resort stuff) probably won't be snow free til July I'm guessing; they got hammered this year!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slcrockymountainrider
    Not certain about Brian Head, but I think the Crest should be good to go come Friday.

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    Oh and the Crest goes over the mt.'s from Park City to SLC dropping into Millcreek.
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    This picture was taken on Wednesday of last week (05/12/10) on the way up to Brianhead.

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    Serious about Crest? I would love to hit that up this weekend, but didn't even consider it being close to open since it doesn't usually clear till July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorwegianRepresentative
    Serious about Crest? I would love to hit that up this weekend, but didn't even consider it being close to open since it doesn't usually clear till July.
    Definitely.

    Hopefully the Red Dragon will be back from the painters (having bubbles painted on the rear quarter panels) in time to shuttle Crest to Mill D on Sunday.

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    Crest is totally on and I saw your post about DH bike rentals. This one, I hear, is available by the day at a reduced price (due to 26 inch wheels) and is PERFECT for the current Crest conditions:


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    Mmmmm....no thanks. I'd rather have a bike that goes downhill well.

    Quote Originally Posted by P-townDave
    Crest is totally on and I saw your post about DH bike rentals. This one, I hear, is available by the day at a reduced price (due to 26 inch wheels) and is PERFECT for the current Crest conditions:

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    That's an Astrix right? Stryke or Huckster, and how do you like it?
    I like bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasea04
    That's an Astrix right? Stryke or Huckster, and how do you like it?
    Yeah P-Town, how come you never posted up a review of your sweet DH rig? I see you driving around town with that thing on top of your Mini all the time, but it's never dirty.

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    Don't want the beast for Crest, got a bike for that, just haven't finished building up my dirtbag and would like to race the Sundance DH race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorwegianRepresentative
    Don't want the beast for Crest, got a bike for that, just haven't finished building up my dirtbag and would like to race the Sundance DH race.
    I was tentatively planning on that event, but the weather is not looking so cheery right now. Supposedly a friend is going down there on Friday to check things out. But until I hear otherwise, I'm going to e-assume snowy conditions or mud at best .

    I'll definitely race P-Town's sick DH bike above in the mud. But I doubt he'd let such a fine steed out of his sight.

    Bueller?

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    It's pretty much a dialed mud-specific beast. But when I have to put it on my Mini, it's important that I wash it thoroughly so as not to void the warranty on the Mini. Mud clashes with flaming red, yellow, green, blue or orange paint. Yes, I have an entire fleet of minis. Always been a huge fan of the rainbow. Don't know why. My mom says I've loved them since childhood. . . In fact, here's a shot of me Halloween of '74 (mom tried to talk me out of the tiara, but I am my own person):



    Here's one of Halloween '97:



    And, of course, my ink from the late 90's tattoo rage:



    I was pretty hammered when I got this one. Asked for a white flower. A**hole. Never get a tat on the backside without bringing a mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-townDave
    Crest is totally on and I saw your post about DH bike rentals. This one, I hear, is available by the day at a reduced price (due to 26 inch wheels) and is PERFECT for the current Crest conditions:

    I hear that beast only weighs 34 lbs. I hear it's "soooo much fun to rail thru the turns and jumps too."

    Is that a "world class" Boxxer?

    BY
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro....

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-townDave
    It's pretty much a dialed mud-specific beast. But when I have to put it on my Mini, it's important that I wash it thoroughly so as not to void the warranty on the Mini. Mud clashes with flaming red, yellow, green, blue or orange paint. Yes, I have an entire fleet of minis. Always been a huge fan of the rainbow. Don't know why. My mom says I've loved them since childhood. . .

    I was pretty hammered when I got this one. Asked for a white flower. A**hole. Never get a tat on the backside without bringing a mirror.
    As always, great write-up Ptown !

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    Do any of you locals think it will be good for opening weekend (June 26-27). Planning a trip and am curious of the conditions.

    Also, will there be any more stunts or features being built for this year? It's been a while for me, but I'm stoked to see some ladder drops and more trails down Giant Steps....

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    Its cooking down here right now so I'm thinking for a guess, YES it should be ready to go by opening weekend. Though opening weekend is usually not 100% awesome yet becuase the trails arent in great shape and still recovering from winter. So lines arent smoothed out yet and packed down. Unless your into loose gnar.

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    I am pretty good friends with the mountain bike park manager and i talked to him a couple of days ago. he said that he planned on building more features this year........
    but i will try to find out more about it.

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    I wrote to the Brianhead Facebook page, this was the response, as of 3 hours ago...

    "the charilifts will not be open on Friday, June 25th. The first day of summer operation will be Saturday June 26th. The opening date is looking good but there may be some patches of snow on some of the trails to start with. Brian Head Peak road may not be open on the 26th as there is still one big snow drift below the trail head parking lot for Dark Hollow trail and Bunker Creek trail.

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    Was up there this week and still a lot of snow in spots. Most of the forest roads still closed.

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    I checked out Sydney Peaks Trail on Sunday and still too much snow to ride it.

    I did ride down Bunker Creek. A few minor snow patches but about 20 deadfall on the trail. Trail pretty much looked like this. No flow...

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    Thanks for the update LyndaW. I decided I'm going this weekend no matter what, I have a group of 10 guys and we're all going to ride Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. I guess worst case, we'd be relegated to the lifts and Blowhard.

    Bunker Creek is pretty lame and flat, so as long as we can tie into Dark Hollow once, it will be an epic trip.

    Not familiar with Sydney Peaks trail, is it fun? We're all lazy and are driving for the gravity assistance, some of us are on full DH bikes and a few miles of climbing would be a deal breaker.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolson450

    Bunker Creek is pretty lame and flat, so as long as we can tie into Dark Hollow once, it will be an epic trip.
    Your kidding right....?

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    Any updates on Bunker Creek? I figure we'll run Navajo Lake tomorrow to warm up (speaking of lame and flat :P ). I'll be riding it by next weekend come hell or high water, but some advanced intel would be most helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yurtinus
    Any updates on Bunker Creek? I figure we'll run Navajo Lake tomorrow to warm up (speaking of lame and flat :P ). I'll be riding it by next weekend come hell or high water, but some advanced intel would be most helpful!
    I rode bunker yesterday (July 4th). You have to take left fork because its been cleared. Right fork has not. There is one section around 2.5 to 3.5 miles in where one tree has fallen and there is a large 18" deep patch of snow that you have to hike around. It took me a minute to re-find the trail; but not a big deal. Besides that, the trail is perfectly ridable and dry. Wear a long sleeve jersey it was cool up there.

    Navajo was perfect. It's as smooth as clean as i've ever seen it.
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    Outstanding, thanks! We'll head on up there in a day or two

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    Rode Dark Hollow/Paradise Canyon Saturday.
    Georg's bike shop said they cleared that section of trail. Only a few big logs down, but lots of water/captured stream on the trail. Still feels "fresh" and rough.
    Slippy/slidey pinball action when carrying speed. Not too bad if you are going slow.
    Navajo lake loop is perfect.
    Rode a big chunk of the VRRT and it was prime.
    Did a big pedalling ride out by Red Canyon/Thunder Mountain as well. Mellow fire road climbing then descent into Losee? canyon and then out Cassidy trail. KILLER.

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    Any trail suggestions for a one day trip? I found the 12 mile trail from the peak to Panguitch lake which might be a great finish to my day (we're camping in Panguitch). Are there any good XC-ish trails that would start the day off nicely? And how do I get to BH peak? Can my wife drop me or do I need to do the lift/shuttle?

    Thanks in advance.

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    You can just be shuttled to the top, you'll take the panguitch lake road up to hwy 143 and hand a right. There should be a sign up on the right that says brian head peak road. Just remember your looking for the highest peak and you'll be driving to it, it will be up on the right.

    Bunker creek is a great ride/shuttle descent. Dark hollow is also another shuttle trail that will be more aggresive riding and technical. As far as XC rides if your in Panguitch check out red canyon (cassidy trail, Thunder mountain) or Virgin river rim trail or just a loop around navajo lake trail

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    Woo hoo! Got the pre-approval for Thunder Mtn as well as Bunker creek. Should be a good weekend. Thanks for the tips.

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    bunker creek is a fun traiil to ride. its got good flow and is fairly long but we usualy take the dirt road after the singel track back to the paved road up from that store. that adds a bit of lengthe to it.
    dark holoow is pretty fun too but seems sort of short but its easier to shuttle. its gotten kinda rough in some spots so watch your crabon chainstays on all the boulders!
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    Is right fork of Bunker Creek cleared? I'm taking a bunch of MTB noobs up there this weekend and I don't want to scare them away from the sport going down the more technical left fork.

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    I'll let you know in four hours...

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    Right on. Thanks!

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    Left fork is more technical but in my mind I have more fun flying through some of the meadows on the right fork. I don't ride bunker for the technical aspect though, more for the fast goodness

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    No doubt! ^^^

    Can't go too wrong with Blowhard either.

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    OK guys, help me out a bit here. On the trail maps when you get to the fork, the right side is called left fork and the left side is called right fork. It's like they named it going from the bottom up to the top. From my understanding, the left turn (so called right fork) is the less technical, fun smooth flowy ride. Am I correct? Like I said before, I don't want to take these newbies on a technical ride and scare them off. Thanks for the help.

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    You are correct, left and right forks are named from the bottom up. However, there are signs right there at the forks which makes it damn near impossible to mix up. We had one downed tree between Brian Head and Sydney Peaks (before the left/right bunker split) and a snow patch about three feet wide. Smooth sailing otherwise.

    We rode the left fork, it's been fully cleared and is set to go. It has a lot of steep rocky/rooty sections which are probably hike-a-bike areas for new folks (unless they have no fear). Last I heard the right fork wasn't cleared yet, but you can give them a call at George's bike shop or brian head sports and they'll probably know for sure. In my opinion the right isn't tremendously easier than the left - I feel you trade steep rooty rocks for loose shale (but that may have been the time of year I rode it...).

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    Perfect. Thanks for the info.

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