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    Icehouse trail is a hidden gem(info)

    Not a lot of info on the Icehouse trail in the red cliff reserve north of st. george. Always looked at the junction of Icehouse and Broken mesa half way down and broken mesa and wondered how good it was and if it ever gets used. Pulled out some old maps and went exploring. It was well worth the effort. Got close to being lost a couple times trying to find the beginning of the St due to nobody even knowing of its existence, but once we got onto it, it became a blast. I can only imagine how good it can become if it gets some attention. For the most part it was headed down hill and was flowy and fun as it zig zags its way across the mesa. The mesa is on just enough of a slope that coasting is possible and great speeds can be reached. upper Icehouse is complete opposite of the begging of Broken Mesa. There are hardly any rocks and for the most part its dirt riding. Similar to the flow of Jem trail. Just picture Jem trail on more of a slope. By being dropped off at the top you'll bypass that steep switch back climb at the start of broken mesa and that rocky traverse across the mesa. About half way into the trail you'll meet up again with the Original Broken mesa/Icehouse trail heading down towards Green Springs. You'll ride just over 8 miles and loose over 2000ft of elevation and gain about 300ft. The trail is straight forward but can be faint at times and in one section was nonexistence. Hopefully can get that fixed soon. The Dixie trail assoc. has been contacted and is working on a trail maintance day to revamp this awesome trail. Once packed down and cleaned up it should be a must due down here. You can loop it but its going to hurt so we stuck with shuttling it.

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    W113 32 42.57 is the location of the drop off point. There is a sign marking the road #209 and you will follow it to the end skipping any small spurs that brand off.
    Basically you will drive 2.5 miles past the broken mesa turn off to reach the drop off point and ride down the double track till you reach the step over fence.


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    Shebly, you rock man! I always thought the Ice House was a just a spur of off Broken Mesa. I'm stoked to try it out, not to mention skip those terrible switchbacks, which the best I've ever ridden still had three get offs.
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    Good to know, I think I will try riding from the Red Canyon/Harrisville side to get a little longer day.

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    been eyeballin that! hummmm maybe sun
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
    been eyeballin that! hummmm maybe sun
    Bring your coast bike because it's fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    Bring your coast bike because it's fast
    damn that hurts.... what you callin slower then snot Slow!
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    Sorry Dave, just wanted you to enjoy the goodness of no pedaling for long streches. We did some trail work today from the start to the beginning of the descent. It's looking good.

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    Thanks for resurrecting that shelbster. I got curious and rode up the Ice house trail once and finally lost the trail in an old burned out area maybe a mile from the junction. I came back down the same way but don't remember it being anything special.

    I'll have to try it again sometime but from the top. Thanks for the info.
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    icehouse question

    we are heading to st. george for veteran's weekend and have ridden the Broken Mesa Loop but not Icehouse. If we ride to top of Icehouse and descend, do we then miss out on some good tech. descent on the broken rim trail...as in you have to choose either the broken mesa downhill or icehouse downhill until the trails merge?
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    By riding down Icehouse you will skip the whole part of the Broken Mesa Trail. Broken Mesa is primarily just the ascent up and across the mesa, once you begin descending is where you would run into Icehouse. Then icehouse is the descent clear off the mesa. Make sence? Broken mesa is just a connector to Icehouse and doesnt have much of a descent. So if you have rode broken mesa in the past you have actually rode broken mesa and lower icehouse. To answer your question you would skip the whole slow technical part of broken mesa. Yes there will still be embedded basalt rock and that super gnar descent off the mesa but its a lot more faster pace, fast singletrack. Icehouse in itself is still technical with rocks but is more of a big chain ring kind of ride. We've been doing a lot of trail maintenance on it and is getting more use. I absolutely love it and will probably never ride broken mesa again. Its not 100% perfect yet but hopefully in the next month we'll get it done. still very ride-able and fun.if you need more info Utahmountainbiking.com has some info or just ask me. I have gpx files and what not. Have fun.

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    Took a couple shots last week along the cutout
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    Looks like a blast. I'm a little confused by the map you've got posted and directions to ride, how to approach, etc. If I get a chance I'll head out and ride this on Thursday. Any chance I can get someone to guide me around?

    Looks like it should have some amazing views. Thanks for posting.

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    Rode it today. Pedaled from the powerplant Trailhead and found our way to Icehouse. Badass decent, definitely the best and longest downhill I've ridden in St. George. Upper section definitely needs some more riding to get the trail in good shape, but give me a PM if you plan on doing more trail work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ito
    Rode it today. Pedaled from the powerplant Trailhead and found our way to Icehouse. Badass decent, definitely the best and longest downhill I've ridden in St. George. Upper section definitely needs some more riding to get the trail in good shape, but give me a PM if you plan on doing more trail work.
    Glad you enjoyed it, one of my favorite rides in town due to the good 30 minute descent. The trail keeps getting better the more and more we have been riding it compared to the first time. Might be doing some trail work Saturday morning, most likely walking up from the bottom and riding back down when done.

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    Icehouse

    My husband and I rode this trail yesterday and loved it. One correction, the trail is 902, not 209. We weren't sure how long this FR was but was glad when we saw the step-over fence about 1 mile down the road. Once on the trail, it was easy to see where the trail went. Great job on the trail maintenance. I enjoyed this trail much more than Broken Mesa. The uphill on Broken Mesa and plateau riding is just not my style.
    Thanks for posting this. We are from So. CA and very much enjoyed riding something new.

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    Glad you enjoyed it, it is such a great trail. Had a buddy shoot a couple sections of video of a few parts including the cutout at the bottom of the mesa. I really dig the narrow almost virgin singletrack


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    Fun vid Shelbster. Looks like we need to get Allen and Austin up there to build a few booters and gaps along that trail to make it even more fun.

    If you enjoy the climb up the switch backs and the semi-tech along the mesa's edge (I do) you could always do the Broken Mesa trail as before then just do Ice House as an out and back to add some distance to the descent. The climb up Ice House was pretty gradual IIRC.

    Thanks again for the update and the trail maintenance.
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    Well Dave aka Slowerthensnot, how was your epic loop today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    Well Dave aka Slowerthensnot, how was your epic loop today?
    It was great, It however was Chris's longest climb he's done on his SS. So i think I kinna put the screws to him.... I'll get a few pics up on tues.... new camera but forgot my cable at the shop...

    per map my ride the climb is only 1700 ft of climbing in 8.5 miles

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    We parked near the white water tank and the headed up rd 31 to road 902 then down Icehouse did a little bushwacking finding the single track at the bottom of 902. Then down to the power-line road and back on that to the water tank

    didn't haul a gps this go around but guessing a total of 2000ft of up and 15-18 miles
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    I don't know Shelbster, It doesn't look like it has anything over on Broken Mesa proper. From the looks of the vid, that trail would be best ridden on a fully rigid 29'er. For the effort, I'd much rather ride Barrels or AMA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chingon
    I don't know Shelbster, It doesn't look like it has anything over on Broken Mesa proper. From the looks of the vid, that trail would be best ridden on a fully rigid 29'er. For the effort, I'd much rather ride Barrels or AMA.
    much more longer downhill =) if your into that sort of thing

    I think its well worth the climb up the 2 track
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chingon
    I don't know Shelbster, It doesn't look like it has anything over on Broken Mesa proper. From the looks of the vid, that trail would be best ridden on a fully rigid 29'er. For the effort, I'd much rather ride Barrels or AMA.

    Well I never said it was full of booters and drops...? or that its a DH trail. Its just a flowy descent with a steep rocky finish. Yeah you can bring a fully rigid on it, suspension is still a plus in my opinion. Even though Dave rode it Rigid, I still would never. No need for a full dh rig though. If you have a vehicle shuttle you it puts the icing on the cake for a fun 7 mile descent. That's fine if you don't want to ride it though

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    Every time I've ridden Broken Mesa I find myself asking why I don't ride it more often, it's one of my favorite trails for certain. Different strokes for different folks though. Paradise is another trail that is often overlooked, but is also another one of my favorite trails. I still haven't hit up the Icehouse portion of BM, but I'm stoked to try it out. Lastly, the two track power line trail is NOT fun, that's why when I last shuttled the trail this spring I parked one of our vehicles at the park at the top of the Green Springs. When you finish the gnarly descent off the mesa head straight as opposed to right and you won't need a single pedal stroke to coast down at decent speed to your vehicle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    Well I never said it was full of booters and drops...? or that its a DH trail. Its just a flowy descent with a steep rocky finish. Yeah you can bring a fully rigid on it, suspension is still a plus in my opinion. Even though Dave rode it Rigid, I still would never. No need for a full dh rig though. If you have a vehicle shuttle you it puts the icing on the cake for a fun 7 mile descent. That's fine if you don't want to ride it though
    me thinks i have to throw a free wheel on one of my 29er's and let you rip it =)
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    Wasea I'll have a call ya when we go again, we've been riding it weekly with a shuttle drop off so the fun to work ratio is pretty good. That was one of the problems that I wasn't fond off of BM, the whole loop ride, that steep switchback climb, the slow pace rocky traverse accross the mesa and the powerline road back to the water tank. Now that we have Crossed out all the work, I find myself riding that trail more then any other trail in town. Gotta hand it too loving wife's that are willing to drop us off. We have been riding mostly in the eve's but since the days are short we've been doing night rides on it. Do you have a light? I'll tell ya I sure go through my full travel ripping down that trail and especially at night. Trying to stay right behined the champ(Mehr) Is almost impossible, I don't know if that kid knows he has brakes.

    Yes that powerline road back up to the water tank is no bueno, but riding up the main road is actually pretty gradual and super nice because there is almost no chance a car will drive by. I've even walked the bike up the cutout and done the trail as an out and back doing some bush removal and minus the steep walk a bike up the cut out it wasn't that bad. Still though getting dropped off is so much easier even though the trail head is 2 miles past Egypt.

    Paradise is 50/50 with most people. I absolutely love it and our group rides at least two times a week during the summer after work. Short and sweet but captures all the riding styles I love and has a great finish with a almost full descent back to the trailhead. The people I know that aren't fans usually are on hardtails or rigid's and I don't blame them because It can be pretty rough without some squish coming down paradise rim.

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    I haven't got a light, but I would love to ride it with y'all sometime.......forgive me for being notoriously unable to ride when do invite
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    Been doing some nights ride....Yeah it's a blast...

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    Those are cool pics. Is this southern U? Are they time lapse to get the light streaks?

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    Yeah st. George utah. And yes time lapse on the camera

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    Team Sanchez rode Icehouse this morning, and we can attest to this trail's grooviness; such amazing flow, and in the most eerily serene setting I've ever ridden in. Well done Shelbster and crew, thanks!

    by the way, Team Sanchez has NOT been tagging "Team Sanchez" on any local trails, or anywhere for that matter. Someone is apparently out to give us a bad name.
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    Gonna do it Sunday, just the very long way....

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    just one from today

    was an awesome day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
    was an awesome day!

    Sweet shot Dave! how was the epic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    Sweet shot Dave! how was the epic?
    Great! did a bit of expolerin on top of the route i planned so i may have hit 70-80ish... miles

    some more pics on the face crack

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
    Great! did a bit of expolerin on top of the route i planned so i may have hit 70-80ish... miles

    some more pics on the face crack

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...7&l=11f1ea8a77
    Did you coast on the ride that day? or were you sportin the fixie? I was just curious if you ride down the whole cutout on a fixie? I can't imagine the first turn with the steps trying to pedal throughit

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    Did you coast on the ride that day? or were you sportin the fixie? I was just curious if you ride down the whole cutout on a fixie? I can't imagine the first turn with the steps trying to pedal throughit
    fixed made it though that go around.... 2.1 tires scared me a bit though, that hairpin is a bit of a handful
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    Got a good video of the trail, about 7 mins long but got all the good parts in it enjoy


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    Here is a Gpx file for the trail
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    <a href=https://s671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/?action=view&current=2011-02-01_11-04-28_779.jpg target=_blank><img src=https://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/2011-02-01_11-04-28_779.jpg border=0 alt=></a> added a much needed berm to a corner that was sucking the flow out...oops


    Another vid from a rescent trip showing upper icehouse

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    Never knew this existed. My favorite trail down here is JEM...so if this is JEM+ I gotta give it a run!

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    Its jem with some meat on its bones

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    utahmountainbiking.com recently wrote up a report/info as well...http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/icehouse.htm but according to the pictures there and here shelbster15 already knew that.

    I'm pumped for this, getting a new (to me) Full Suspension bike this Saturday (if it fits). This might have to be the first trail it sees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuenteK25
    I'm pumped for this, getting a new (to me) Full Suspension bike this Saturday (if it fits). This might have to be the first trail it sees.
    Unless of course he sells it out from under me today, when I committed on Tuesday to come out and buy it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuenteK25
    utahmountainbiking.com recently wrote up a report/info as well...http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/icehouse.htm but according to the pictures there and here shelbster15 already knew that.

    I'm pumped for this, getting a new (to me) Full Suspension bike this Saturday (if it fits). This might have to be the first trail it sees.

    Yeah been bugging bruce for awhile to get down here and ride it

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    This trail looks like a lot of fun. I'm really itching to get out and ride tomorrow, but I lack a riding partner/group. If anyone is planning on riding tomorrow, and wouldn't mind a tag along, I would love to go. Not necessarily this trail, I'd just like to get out.

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    curious, any better options for riding this as a loop w/out the road? would it be too hard to go up the end of lower icehouse, up broken mesa, across the top, then back down ? the topo makes broken mesa ( from the junction ) look relatively mellow ... but topo's don't tell the whole story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcpunk
    curious, any better options for riding this as a loop w/out the road? would it be too hard to go up the end of lower icehouse, up broken mesa, across the top, then back down ? the topo makes broken mesa ( from the junction ) look relatively mellow ... but topo's don't tell the whole story!

    thx
    Not sure how you you were trying to describe it but did you mean riding it as a out and back? The loop riding is actually pretty melo and gradual and while being boring its a lot faster in my mind riding it as a loop. I have however walked my bike up the from the bottem. The last mile is all but impossible to pedal up. But once ontop it is doable and once you meet up with the broken mesa junction its very melo to pedal. Just a slight incline. Your still goingto suffer on the lower mile or two. As for pedaling. Up broken mesa that itself is a chore

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    Not sure how you you were trying to describe it but did you mean riding it as a out and back? The loop riding is actually pretty melo and gradual and while being boring its a lot faster in my mind riding it as a loop. I have however walked my bike up the from the bottem. The last mile is all but impossible to pedal up. But once ontop it is doable and once you meet up with the broken mesa junction its very melo to pedal. Just a slight incline. Your still goingto suffer on the lower mile or two. As for pedaling. Up broken mesa that itself is a chore
    right, that's what i was trying to figure out, and I think you answered my question. The only real loop is to use the road, everything else would be pushing it. ( literally )

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    ... and if we just ... This trail is a whinnah!!

    This trail rocks! Rode it for the first time today and it's a winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STT GUY
    This trail rocks! Rode it for the first time today and it's a winner.

    Thanks for the work on it guys
    Glad you enjoyed it. Funniest descent intown(heck longest too), Dave said he's been trying to get ya up there. I assume you looped it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    Glad you enjoyed it. Funniest descent intown(heck longest too), Dave said he's been trying to get ya up there. I assume you looped it?
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    Where is this trail, so that next time I'm in St. George, I can try it out?

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    ...if your Askin for directions from this thread. I think there are some bigger problems then the logistics of the trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingus
    Where is this trail, so that next time I'm in St. George, I can try it out?


    Pssssssst.... try actually reading the thread. Just saying.
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    Fun trail, way different feel than broken mesa. Some shots of STTGUY - if I had video you'd hear him giggling like a little girl

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    right, that's what i was trying to figure out, and I think you answered my question. The only real loop is to use the road, everything else would be pushing it. ( literally )

    Here's the loop with a cherry stem out-and-back on Icehouse I suggested up above.

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    If you enjoy the climb up the switch backs and the semi-tech along the mesa's edge (I do) you could always do the Broken Mesa trail as before then just do Ice House as an out and back to add some distance to the descent. The climb up Ice House was pretty gradual IIRC.
    It would involve climbing the road to the Broken Mesa trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
    Have a full plate, but this looks neato!!
    I want to go check more into your hike a bike venture you did up on pine valley to see if just maybe it could be something worth while, or a pipe dream

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    I want to go check more into your hike a bike venture you did up on pine valley to see if just maybe it could be something worth while, or a pipe dream

    There's some goodness out there... but.... lots a work me thinks
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    Looped icehouse this morning. Great trail, and many thanks to whoever is doing the work! No need to shuttle, it's an easy up on any bike! Again, many thanks to the the builders/maintaners in southern Utah. Also road zen and barrel roll yesterday and they are both awesome!

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    Thread dredge!

    Last time I rode this, probably in 2013 or so, it had suffered a lot of erosion, likely from monsoons. Wasn't very rideable, wasn't very enjoyable either.

    Any current reports? Still worth doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Thread dredge!
    Any current reports? Still worth doing?
    MIKE!
    I rode it in June from the top of Ice House. The upper section of IH is unrecognizable as a trail and has completely grown over.
    The lower section is in really rough shape, there is no fun to be had up there. After the fire the erosion really took it's toll.
    The lowest section, down the sidehill, through the lava is the same as you remember. I don't know if that is good or bad

    Still lot's of good options around town but I would cross that one off the list.

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    Thread dredge!

    Last time I rode this, probably in 2013 or so, it had suffered a lot of erosion, likely from monsoons. Wasn't very rideable, wasn't very enjoyable either.

    Any current reports? Still worth doing?
    Yep. They had some huge torrential downpours ~5 years ago and washed out Broken Mesa and Icehouse pretty bad from what I heard. Since then, I don't hear much about people riding it.

    I'll check it out next time when I'm down there and report back, Mike.
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    Thanks Mark, and Kent.

    Such a neat place for a trail. So green in spring. Hope that something gets rebuilt on that spot, but with saner alignment to withstand the monsoonal deluges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Thanks Mark, and Kent.

    Such a neat place for a trail. So green in spring. Hope that something gets rebuilt on that spot, but with saner alignment to withstand the monsoonal deluges.

    Agreed. That whole mesa would be perfect for a nice long, flowing trail with some great opportunity for some tech sections ala Kentucky Lucky Chicken. The anti-cline is just the right grade for building and maintaining momentum. It would definitely need some rerouting to make it more sustainable though.

    I know DMBTA has done a ton of work developing new trails in the St. George area and has plans for a bunch more (West Mountain Peak), but I wonder if someone could put a bug in their ear about Broken Mesa (I'm sure it's already on their radar if not their agenda).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Thread dredge!

    Last time I rode this, probably in 2013 or so, it had suffered a lot of erosion, likely from monsoons. Wasn't very rideable, wasn't very enjoyable either.
    I know you already received your answer but I have to add that this was BY FAR, the WORST trail I've ever made so much effort to get to in my life. It had been recommended by a respected local but he admittedly hadn't ridden it in a while. I =Have nothing good to say about that ride...other than I burned a shit-ton of calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Agreed. That whole mesa would be perfect for a nice long, flowing trail with some great opportunity for some tech sections ala Kentucky Lucky Chicken. The anti-cline is just the right grade for building and maintaining momentum. It would definitely need some rerouting to make it more sustainable though.

    I know DMBTA has done a ton of work developing new trails in the St. George area and has plans for a bunch more (West Mountain Peak), but I wonder if someone could put a bug in their ear about Broken Mesa (I'm sure it's already on their radar if not their agenda).
    Consider them notified.

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    Thanks. I went on their site and sent a message as well. I'm also looking into how I can contribute. I'm only down there one or two weekends a month, but would love to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Thanks. I went on their site and sent a message as well. I'm also looking into how I can contribute. I'm only down there one or two weekends a month, but would love to help.
    So we discussed this for awhile today. We are considering it a dead trail system. The original layout of the trail could not handle the erosion that it was hit with. It's a rutted mess and it would take a ton of work. We'd basically have to start over from scratch.

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    Without a complete rebuild, it is dead. Too bad since it covers some cool country.

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    Bummer. Sounds like a total reroute would be necessary. Maybe sometime in the future it can be revisited.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Bummer. Sounds like a total reroute would be necessary. Maybe sometime in the future it can be revisited.


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    Yeah, that just takes money and time and right now there are other priorities.

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    I hear you. Next time you get one of those 2 million dollar grants you don't know what to do with, right?

    Wherever you guys are building, keep up the good work and keep us abreast of when volunteer days are happening.


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