Although we've had an awesome Nordic skiing winter season this year, our winter trail snow pack is now quickly fleeting as we transition into early spring weather. It's now approaching the time of year when many trail users start to look at those bikes hanging in the garage, notice the rolling hills around the Basin that are no longer snow covered, and think it might be time to test out the backcountry trails. While we definitely understand this urge to get out and start pedaling, we want to take a moment to ask for your help. While from a distance it can appear that the trails might be dry, they are actually still very saturated from the continued snow melt run-off, cool temps, and short days.
Though there may be some sections of trail that are dry, every trail in the Basin (with the exception of Rob's and the Summit Park trails, which are still snow covered) has saturated areas where thick mud is present. It takes a prolonged period of warm temperatures, longer hours of daylight and wind to effectively dry out the trails during this time of year. Riding bikes through (or around) muddy sections of trail is the number one cause of trail erosion. The ruts that are created by bikes hold and channel water in the tread and create a snowball effect which leads to severe cupping and erosion of trails. This cupping and erosion results in poor riding experiences and increased frequency and cost of maintenance that could otherwise be used for new trail construction, trailhead improvements, etc.
In other words, staying off muddy trails today will result in improved riding experiences down the road. Please do your part by staying off the trails until they are actually dry, or at least turning around when you do encounter mud if you're out checking a trail this spring.
The paved trails are a good option this time of year if you just need to get out and spin your wheels. Other alternatives are getting in some riding along the Wasatch Front or heading to southern Utah for some epic late winter riding.
Respect any trail closures that you come across and understand that just because the trail appears dry where the sign is doesn't mean that it will be dry further down the trail. We always place trail closed signs at the closest junction for your convenience.
If you see a trail condition that needs attention, such as a fallen tree, please email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org with details such as the location, the nature of the issue, and any other pertinent information.
For questions on any of the information on this page, please call Mike Baker at 435-649-1564, ext. 13.