Obligatory "When will Thunder Mountain be Open" Thread- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 24 of 24
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KRob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,055

    Obligatory "When will Thunder Mountain be Open" Thread

    I know Utah mountains have 150-200% of normal snow pack this year but does anyone have any beta on how close Thunder Mountain is to being rideable this year?

    My son and I want to ride it on April 30th..... but will detour south to Zion and Hurricane if Bryce canyon area isn't even close yet.

    Edit: Just called the reservation desk for the Red Mountain campground and she said everything was dry at the RM campground and even up at the top of the bike path where the Thunder Mountain TH takes off is dry. Maybe some snow in the trees and north facing slopes. Anyone been up there yet this Spring?
    I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth...
    Isaiah 58:14

    www.stuckinthespokes.com

  2. #2
    I'd rather be biking...
    Reputation: shelbster15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    937
    I was up there two weeks ago and it was snow free for the most part but it ended up snowing 4 inches later that day. Im sure most the snow is melted but there are always snow drifts up top.
    I will be up that way this weekend(easter) to visit fam and will be bringing the bike. Thinking cassidy will be dry enough with its south facing slopes. I will give ya an update saturday afternoon krob

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KRob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,055
    Thanks Shelby. I hear northern UT is predicting more rain in the valleys, snow in the mountains tonight and tomorrow. Wonder how far south that storm will go?
    I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth...
    Isaiah 58:14

    www.stuckinthespokes.com

  4. #4
    JMH
    JMH is offline
    Sugary Exoskeleton
    Reputation: JMH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    4,659
    We are getting rain but the trails are drying out within hours in some spots... I think Thunder Mountain will be ready in two weeks. That's what I think. Two weeks. Yup.

    JMH

  5. #5
    I'd rather be biking...
    Reputation: shelbster15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    937
    Oh yeah just realized I never reported back about the easter trip up there. Well it looked promising friday night when we arrived but woke up to snow on the ground and flurries/ rain all weekend. So didn't get much info but from what it looked like it would be a go for the weekend of the 30th maybe a few old drifts left over ontop above the bathroom and in the shade but I think you'd be safe on thunder mtn. Cassidey should be a go for sure with the south facing slope also

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KRob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,055
    We're in Durango now and the passes between here and Grand Junction look like they got 2 feet or more of new snow with this storm. Beautiful drive between Ouray and Durango.

    We're going to do Mesa Verde this morning and Phil's World this afternoon then head up to the Grand Canyon tomorrow. Should be coming through Bryce area Saturday. We'll check TM out.

    Thanks for the info.
    I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth...
    Isaiah 58:14

    www.stuckinthespokes.com

  7. #7
    Really I am that slow
    Reputation: SlowerThenSnot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    3,777
    been told its clear but cold!
    Read my BLOG!

    just a guy who loves bikes and exploring

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KRob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,055
    Welcome to spring, eh? My son got the flu in Durango so we made a beeline for home as soon as he was good enough to travel. Got home Thursday night. It didn't get above 32 here all day yesterday. Lovely.

    It killed me to pass through Moab without stopping. It was GORGEOUS there Thursday. 68-70F and clear blue skies.

    Oh well.... we had a great (half) trip while it lasted. I'll post up a report on Passion later today.
    I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth...
    Isaiah 58:14

    www.stuckinthespokes.com

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KRob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,055
    Here's the link to the trip report over on Passion.
    I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth...
    Isaiah 58:14

    www.stuckinthespokes.com

  10. #10
    banned
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    7,930
    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Welcome to spring, eh? My son got the flu in Durango so we made a beeline for home as soon as he was good enough to travel. Got home Thursday night. It didn't get above 32 here all day yesterday. Lovely.

    It killed me to pass through Moab without stopping. It was GORGEOUS there Thursday. 68-70F and clear blue skies.

    Oh well.... we had a great (half) trip while it lasted. I'll post up a report on Passion later today.
    Yes Moab was amazing Thursday. Friday was cold and windy. Amassa Back and Jackson's were a blast, as was the more mellow stuff on Rocking A, Circle O and Bar M. Good Stuff!
    Last edited by Boyonabyke; 05-16-2011 at 12:14 AM.

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    16
    Any recommendations for a MTB guide or shuttling service for Thunder Mountain? We'll be there on the 18th of May on our way to Moab.

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    984
    Quote Originally Posted by Defender90
    Any recommendations for a MTB guide or shuttling service for Thunder Mountain? We'll be there on the 18th of May on our way to Moab.
    You don't need to shuttle thunder mt.

    Check this link for pics and a map w elevation at every trail.com
    http://www.leelau.net/sharonandlee/u...eason/#thunder

    If it's wet the muck is Utah nasty...

  13. #13
    Purveyor of Trail Tales!
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    1,187

    Good job! This guy took care of us!

    Quote Originally Posted by Defender90
    Any recommendations for a MTB guide or shuttling service for Thunder Mountain? We'll be there on the 18th of May on our way to Moab.
    Hey Mr. Defender90,

    We had a wonderful time using the services of Mark Erickson at Mountain Bike Buddies

    http://www.mountainbikebuddies.com/

    Markís extensive local knowledge of the trails saved us time and effort. He made sure my wife didnít get on a trail that was over her head and maximized our fun every day we rode with him. If you see him please say Hi from me!

    I hope you have a great time,

    Michael
    If you can't keep the rubber side down......at least smile for the camera!

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    16
    Brodiegrrl and Michael,

    Thanks for the info and suggestion. I actually called Mark and spoke to him about Thunder Mountain, but unfortunately he's already booked for next week. My concern is that though my wife runs 20-25 miles a week, she does not spend much time pedaling and with 4 straight days in Moab afterwards, I thought we would shuttle it to save her legs. However, it sounds like it's a fairly easy pedal up via the paved bike path so I think we'll give it a shot and take our time. Again, thanks for all the info.

    Best Regards,
    Noel

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    984
    Quote Originally Posted by Defender90
    Brodiegrrl and Michael,

    Thanks for the info and suggestion. I actually called Mark and spoke to him about Thunder Mountain, but unfortunately he's already booked for next week. My concern is that though my wife runs 20-25 miles a week, she does not spend much time pedaling and with 4 straight days in Moab afterwards, I thought we would shuttle it to save her legs. However, it sounds like it's a fairly easy pedal up via the paved bike path so I think we'll give it a shot and take our time. Again, thanks for all the info.

    Best Regards,
    Noel
    Its a really nice warm up riding the paved path, not worth the hassle to shuttle. Its such beautiful country there, its a waste to drive it when you can ride. Plus, the drive only saves 300 FEET of climbing!

    Worse comes to worse drive to the end of the road, ride the trail and ride back to the car when you're tired. or you can go and let her rest!

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    1,820
    Quote Originally Posted by Defender90
    Brodiegrrl and Michael,

    Thanks for the info and suggestion. I actually called Mark and spoke to him about Thunder Mountain, but unfortunately he's already booked for next week. My concern is that though my wife runs 20-25 miles a week, she does not spend much time pedaling and with 4 straight days in Moab afterwards, I thought we would shuttle it to save her legs. However, it sounds like it's a fairly easy pedal up via the paved bike path so I think we'll give it a shot and take our time. Again, thanks for all the info.

    Best Regards,
    Noel
    What are you looking for... maybe my company can help? We specialize in exclusively SW Utah and I'd love a "reason" to go to T-Mountain.
    Monte
    Lodging & Guiding for SW Utah Trails
    http://www.vrbo.com/298759
    www.UtahMountainBikingAdventures.com
    MTBR Discounts

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation: rockman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    6,990
    Quote Originally Posted by Brodiegrrl
    Its a really nice warm up riding the paved path, not worth the hassle to shuttle. Its such beautiful country there, its a waste to drive it when you can ride. Plus, the drive only saves 300 FEET of climbing!

    Worse comes to worse drive to the end of the road, ride the trail and ride back to the car when you're tired. or you can go and let her rest!
    Maybe you're thinking metric? I believe the climb is more like 900' before you hit the singletrack, albeit over an easy 8 miles.

  18. #18
    I'd rather be biking...
    Reputation: shelbster15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    937
    Thunder did get some snow but will melt off in a day or so(5/18), They have a traffic cam at the top of red canyon which is pretty much the same elevation as the upper trailhead

    https://commuterlink.utah.gov/1_devi...SR-12mile7.jpg

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jonny boy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    489
    That's useful, thanks shelbster15. I'll be out there right after Memorial Day, camping 4 nights or so with the family. I hope to get at least one ride in.

  20. #20
    I'd rather be biking...
    Reputation: shelbster15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    937
    Rode Showalter/Cassidy loop today...

    RIP Cassidy

    <a href="https://s671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/?action=view&amp;current=1097814238_photobucket_40 128_.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/1097814238_photobucket_40128_.jpg" border="0" alt="2011-06-05_15-22-55_245.jpg"></a>


    <a href="https://s671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/?action=view&amp;current=1097814238_photobucket_40 126_.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/1097814238_photobucket_40126_.jpg" border="0" alt="2011-06-05_15-34-59_688.jpg"></a>


    <a href="https://s671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/?action=view&amp;current=2011-06-05_16-18-30_172.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/2011-06-05_16-18-30_172.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

  21. #21
    Really I am that slow
    Reputation: SlowerThenSnot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    3,777
    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15 View Post
    rode showalter/cassidy loop today...

    Rip cassidy

    <a href="https://s671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/?action=view&amp;current=1097814238_photobucket_40 128_.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/1097814238_photobucket_40128_.jpg" border="0" alt="2011-06-05_15-22-55_245.jpg"></a>


    <a href="https://s671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/?action=view&amp;current=1097814238_photobucket_40 126_.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/1097814238_photobucket_40126_.jpg" border="0" alt="2011-06-05_15-34-59_688.jpg"></a>


    <a href="https://s671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/?action=view&amp;current=2011-06-05_16-18-30_172.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i671.photobucket.com/albums/vv79/shelbymeink/2011-06-05_16-18-30_172.jpg" border="0" alt="photobucket"></a>


    aaahhhhhhh! =(
    Read my BLOG!

    just a guy who loves bikes and exploring

  22. #22
    JMH
    JMH is offline
    Sugary Exoskeleton
    Reputation: JMH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    4,659
    Oh horsies. Why must you be so heavy and trail-wrecky and why must your owners be so universally no-showy on trail maintenance days? We need to get some quads in there to smooth those sections out.

    JMH

  23. #23
    There's no need to fear.
    Reputation: Boofhead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    74
    I rode Thunder Mountain for the first time on May 26 and it looked just like the photos above of Cassidy. I had been looking forward to riding that trail for years and to see it in that kind of condition was so disappointing. I spoke to a few of the old guys in the info centre after I finished and they didn't seem to think it was much of a problem. One of them actually said that when horses walk over wet ground those types of things tend to happen. I said maybe horsies should stay off the trails when it's wet? He just laughed. I responded by saying I guess as a non taxpayer my opinion counts for nothing but it sure is sad to see such a beautiful trail in such poor condition.

    B

  24. #24
    I'd rather be biking...
    Reputation: shelbster15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    937
    Quote Originally Posted by Boofhead View Post
    I rode Thunder Mountain for the first time on May 26 and it looked just like the photos above of Cassidy. I had been looking forward to riding that trail for years and to see it in that kind of condition was so disappointing. I spoke to a few of the old guys in the info centre after I finished and they didn't seem to think it was much of a problem. One of them actually said that when horses walk over wet ground those types of things tend to happen. I said maybe horsies should stay off the trails when it's wet? He just laughed. I responded by saying I guess as a non taxpayer my opinion counts for nothing but it sure is sad to see such a beautiful trail in such poor condition.

    B
    Thunder mountain is doing a lot better. Ive rode it twice since memorial day and it was 10 times in better shape then upper cassidy currently is. Depending on the year the trails are good and bad. Usually you can get in them in the spring and things are great. They are hard packed and fast. Later in the year they start to get dusty/silty almost like moon dust if its a dry year. Now if only bikes and foot traffic were on it there would be no problem. We do a pretty good job on keeping it packed down. The problem is the horse tours. The horse traffic out numbers the bike traffic and that's when things get sour. Picture 2-3 groups of 5-12 horses a day. Look at lossee canyon mid summer. Turns into a giant loose trough. Thunder mountain sees less horse traffic and more bike traffic so it usually stays enjoyable throughout the year. On the other side of the canyon on the cassidy lossee casto loops sees less bikes and the majority of the horse tours and when they have paying customers to get a tour they wont shy away from a wet trail. They have no reason to. They don't like hard packed trails. Its easier on the horses when its loose. Doesn't make it right but there should be more respect.
    Back to the photos. They were taken from upper cassidy past lossee turn off between there and casto. It was misrable and I don't recommend it till they get it packed down more and back to a rideable state. Its not even worth it. You'll walk ur bike. Cassidy trail up to lossee was in desent shape. Things will get better in the next few weeks with some moisture and traffic.

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.