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    Thunder Mountain and Losse Canyon conditions For May 18th?

    Currently visiting and riding in Hurricane and St George. We are planning to hit Thunder Mountain and Losse Canyon trails on Monday, May 18th. Can anyone provide current trail conditions?

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    The top of T Mtn is 8,300'. From this nearby Webcam the area appears to be clear of snow but that can change fast.

    Ruby's Inn Bryce Canyon Web Cam - Ruby's Inn

    I've rode it wet years ago and the top flowy trail wasn't all that great. The drop down through the hoodoos was fine. Horses beat the trail up pretty bad when wet so early season the tread can be bumpy.

    Have you rode it before?

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    Thunder and Red Canyon are clear of snow. We are riding Thunder Mountain tomorrow. I'll report back on the conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw2jr View Post
    Thunder and Red Canyon are clear of snow. We are riding Thunder Mountain tomorrow. I'll report back on the conditions.
    Thanks... much appreciated. We rode there last year after a freak snow and the trail was very wet. Outfitter coming the other way with about 20 horses really chewed it up. Not looking to repeat that.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRALPH View Post
    Thanks... much appreciated. We rode there last year after a freak snow and the trail was very wet. Outfitter coming the other way with about 20 horses really chewed it up. Not looking to repeat that.

    Cheers
    Same story this year. We've had a wet spring and the equestrians have done some damage, postholing, sliding down switchbacks etc. Another thing is the bumblebees are out in full force since the manzanitas are beginning to bloom.
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    Thanks. Gearing up to drive there.

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    We ended up skipping Thunder Mountain due to forecasted thunderstorms and hit Little Creek with Clayton from Hurricane Over The Edge shop instead. Great ride, very cool trails and things to see. I can definitely see that it would be easy to get turned around out there without a guide though. Pickup a "mapkin" from OTE if you plan to head out there unguided.

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    I was going to ride Little Creek Mesa a couple of months ago but woke in Hurricane to a big windstorm for the next few days. Headed home instead.

    I heard that I should be escorted by a local out there but I don't understand why. I have GPS and the tracks downloaded from UtahMountainBiking.com. I know where I parked on the GPS. Is there some sort of Bermuda Triangle on Little Creek? Maybe a vortex like Sedona?

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    I did it my first time with just a gps and I was less than two weeks out from having prk. As you can see by this email, I survived.

    Having been back a few times there's some offshoots that I missed the first time around that are fun, and there are a couple of spots that might take a moment to figure out exactly where to go next. It's marked with cairns, so going with someone who knows it well and just following them would be easier than the stop and hunt for the next cairn routine but then that's fun too, makes for an adventure.
    I'm looking forward to regretting this.......

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    OK, so the advantage of a local is in better flow and interesting side trails. That would be nice of course. I'm slow anyway so wayfinding is fine with me. Could miss a few good side trails though.

    Wayfinding on the loops at the end of Guacamole can be challenging. I climbed up on a high rock to figure out where the trail is and discovered several groups of riders lost below me. I directed them back to the trail. Entertaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRALPH View Post
    We ended up skipping Thunder Mountain due to forecasted thunderstorms and hit Little Creek with Clayton from Hurricane Over The Edge shop instead. Great ride, very cool trails and things to see. I can definitely see that it would be easy to get turned around out there without a guide though. Pickup a "mapkin" from OTE if you plan to head out there unguided.
    Was that your group my wife and I talked to on Monday as we were leaving? We rode L. Creek on Sunday and it was a bit soggy but fine. In contrast, JEM and the newer stuff were bone dry.

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