Mud is drying, but trails up high hold snow. Trail Report – Friday, April 24, 2020

Dear Roaring Fork riders,

There is more mileage available now that the April 16th openings are past and the sun has been able to hit the hot spots.

The lower trails on Prince Creek are riding well, as is lower Grandstaff in Glenwood Springs and Lightning Bug and Tramway in South Canyon.

Some trails need a little more time to be prime. With warmer temperatures and more direct sunlight, we should expect even more trails to be rideable soon.
As always, if you run into mud or snow, please turn back.  If you come to snow or mud and witness tracks leading into the slop, please resist the temptation to continue riding through the mud.  The trails and your bike will thank you.
Keep in mind, it’s still only April and just because a trail is open, doesn’t mean you should ride it. Ride Dirt, Not Mud! 

Here’s the latest trail scoop as of Friday, April 24th:

Prince Creek
• Most trails above North and South Porcupine still hold snow.  Please avoid upper Innie, Skillsaw, upper Next Jen, upper FoG, Dinkle Link and Skull Bucket.
• The ‘Up and Over” route linking Prince Creek to the Rio Grande North Porcupine to Outie and Buckhorn is good to go.

NOTE: Anyone planning to ride the “Up and Over” loop from Prince Creek to Rio Grande and back to Carbondale should be aware that they will need to detour through El Jebel until the Catherine Store section reopens at the end of April. 

Crown Mountain (North facing aspects)
• Buckhorn and Buckhorn Traverse are dry.
• Vasten still holds snow on the higher portions. Ride Vasten from either the West or East as an “out and back.”  Please avoid riding the full Vasten Loop. 
• Riding West from the top of Lower Buckhorn to Outie and beyond to Prince Creek is dry.

• Glassier does not open until May 16th. So the Buckhorn-Glassier loop is not an option yet.  Until Glassier opens on May 16th, riders heading East on Buckhorn Traverse should expect an “out and back” ride.
• The only way to access Crown from the Rio Grande is via Lower Buckhorn.
• The only way to access Lower Buckhorn is from the East as the Catherine Store section of Rio Grande does not open until April 30th at 5 pm.

Red Hill
• All trails open and dry.

• Expect mud in higher zones

Glenwood Springs/South Canyon
• Grandstaff – Lower Half Dry, Upper Half Snow/Mud
• Wulshohn Trails – Dry
• South Canyon Lighting Bug & Tramway –  Dry
• South Canyon Coal Camp – Seasonal closure still in effect until conditions permit

New Castle
• Town trails and Colorow/Stairway to Heaven network are dry and riding well. 

What is still closed to riding:

• Most local trails located in the White River National Forest
• Glassier Trail – opens May 16th
• Coal Camp loops in South Canyon – the City of Glenwood Springs will open these trails when the snow melts.
• Just about every trail upvalley from El Jebel – Sky Mountain Park is scheduled to open May 16th.
• Anything wet and muddy or under snow.

*** Keep in mind, it’s still only April and just because a trail is open, doesn’t mean you should ride it. If you encounter wet and/or snowy/muddy conditions, please turn back. Ride Dirt, Not Mud!