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    Riding Thunder Mountain in mid-April

    Doing a full SW Utah mtb trip in mid April. Was hoping to show my buds Thunder Mt. the week of 4/20.
    Has the snow pack been high this year?
    Utahmtbing.com says mid April is all good but I know it depends upon the season's snow level.
    Also, if you had a choice between the JEM trail and the Zen trail, what would be your choice?
    Lookin' forward to it!
    Thanks for any help!

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    The nearest snotel site still has 11 inches of snow on the ground at 8900'.
    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/current/meso.swut.php

    The top of Thunder Mountain is ~8000' so it might be a go by mid April. However, the storm forecasted for Sun-Mon may put the kabosh on that. The clay tread is not to be trifled with when wet.

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    Last year it wasnt snow free till first week of may, I would imagine it would be 90% clear and have some good snow drifts in the shady areas. Last year was a good snow year too, so you might be safe. If there still is snow you could ride the rich/cassidey trail accross the canyon it faces south so less snow.

    Jem is a fun fast flowy xc trail that isnt to technical.
    Zen is more technical trail to ride maybe more All mountain, but both very fun to ride for the first time, just depends on what style of riding you would like.

    jem is 12 miles and zen is like 6 or 7 i believe.

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    Thanks for the input guys. I would not want to damage the trail if it was wet. Sounds like it will be a game time decision when we get there.
    Both the JEM and Zen seem to be good rides...I'll plan on doing both.

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    yeah, thanks for the info. We'll be there the week before (have never been) so the more info the better

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    Drove by thunder Mountain today, the snow is melting pretty fast and not much snow on the ground at the bottem. I would imagine just the large drifts are left over in those drainages at the top and the north facing switchbacks after the fin.. If the warm weather keeps up it should be good in just a couple weeks

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    Any new info on Thunder Mt? Will be there next week and wondering(hoping) if it will be ridable.
    Would Cassidy be better since it has more southern exposure for the sun?

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    Rode it on Sunday. Lots of snow banks on the north facing parts of the trail. The first 3 miles of the trail was alternating snow (on N) and clear (on more south-facing). Some of the drifts were at least 2 feet deep. Lots of walking and a fair amount of mud. Would have been better if I had hit it in the morning when it was more frozen.

    Lower section was in fairly good shape - a lot less snow and mud that ought to clear up in a week or so if weather is dry.

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    Thanks jwhite! Sounds like a out and back from the bottom TH might be the ticket. We will try to ride in the early morning when it is frozen.

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    Yes cassidy/rich trail would be more dry. It's mostly snow free out there just shady areas but storm is rolling in tonight and tomorrow most likely with snow.

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    We got 2 inches of snow in Cedar today, so the trails will need a while to dry out.
    Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.

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    Thanks Crash!
    Looks like it will snowing through tomorrow up there. Wondering if there will still be snow by mid next week.
    Should we try to ride late next week or should we bag it and hit Moab for a couple of days instead?
    I don't want to damage the trails or get up there and realize that we can only ride a mile or two.
    Looking for some local advice.
    Would you ride up there next week(thu/fri) with a clear conscience?

    Any input is appreciated!

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    We got about 4 inches of snow last night in Cedar. The forecast looks like it's going to be warming up next week, starting this coming Saturday. I can't say what the trail conditions will be, but it has been ridden this spring already as noted here.
    Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.

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    You won't do much damage if you stay on trail. Its a popular horse trail, and they have been up already. Just a question of how much off-saddle you want. For me, it was worth the 3+ miles of walking - the most scenic trail in S. Utah IMO. Stop by or call the Red Canyon ranger station and they may have more up-to-date info on conditions, its a half a mile up the road from the bottom of Thunder - they also have a free trail map.

    I wouldn't worry the recent new snow - we were at Bryce one sunny day after a 2-3 inch snowfall and it was almost all gone - its the drifts that will take longer.

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    I hate those horses! Sorry but they thrashed out losee and parts of Thunder which is just sad.

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    A few of us will be in the area on Monday and was hoping to ride Thunder, does anybody have any conditions info from riding there this weekend?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyhabit
    A few of us will be in the area on Monday and was hoping to ride Thunder, does anybody have any conditions info from riding there this weekend?
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    still might be iffy....
    Read my BLOG!

    just a guy who loves bikes and exploring

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    There are people riding it.....but IMHO I don't think it would be fun because there should be a lot of drifts left behined on north facing slopes. Most likely near the top and all of the switchback heading off. However I rode up Cassidey Trail today on the opposite side of the canyon and It was a blast. There was no snow drifts and you might even notice the handful of little booters that got made today.

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    Friend rode it this weekend, said it is good to go, few very SMALL wet spots.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmeyer
    Friend rode it this weekend, said it is good to go, few very SMALL wet spots.....
    Rode Thunder Mtn or Cassidy?
    It is not the fall that kills you. Its the sudden stop at the end. - D.Adams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfo
    Rode Thunder Mtn or Cassidy?
    Sorry, thunder.

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    Rode Thunder last Wednesday and it was nearly completely clear and ridable. Trail was hard packed and there were very few small wet spots left. By now I would think that is all dry.

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