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January 19, 2020 | 09:56 am
Time lapse of Gravel tonight
January 19, 2020 | 09:54 am
Big thank you to Justin Swartz and “imsprinting&sings” for their donation of two signs to help with our low snow section of trail in the Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park. After seeing a post with similar wording, Justin replied back with an offer to make some signs and donate them to us. Conversation initiated 8 days ago on wording, logos, design and now we have 2 of these signs that were delivered to the snowcat while on the town trail tonight. We’ll get them out tomorrow. Great service and product, their information in the second picture if you need some signs. High traffic day as the first advertised Saturday on the Grand Lake town trail. Very nice to see sleds coming out of town as we were grooming down to Grand Lake. Idleglen was also packed and jockeying down the road for parking before noon. Thank you to all our visitors! Groomed all of Kawuneeche rd, South Supply into the heart of Grand Lake, North Supply Loop and mid and upper Shortcuts-which are in the best shape of the three and shortest way to the top. Down Pony Park trail, using both the meadows and a flat snow route from “H” to “J.” Through Gravel from the south and groomed Stillwater from the Pass to Idleglen. First mile or so of Stillwater from the parking lot is thin and can get rough. Grand Lake town trail is open and businesses ready for you, get up here and ride! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 18, 2020 | 09:44 am
Spent some time in Grand Lake laying in the snow that was moved to the trail by the town of Grand Lake. Thank you again to Keith Everhart and his crew from Grand Lake Public Works for all their time and effort on the trail. I personally have not seen this dedication to the town trail in the time I’ve groomed here. All this and streets are in great shape for cars and snowmobiles as well. Trail in town looks great, and into the Park was looking good behind the cat as well. Great to see some sleds coming back from spending some time in town tonight. About 3” new all over the mountain in the last 24 hours. Clear skies and 0° at 2:45 am. Very high winds above tree line has pushed snow off the open areas and into trees and snow catches, where the deepest fresh lies. Popular meadows are well ridden; great weekday traffic has them packed after nearly every day this week, 2nd picture. More adventurous riders leaving the main areas are in for nice conditions if untracked. Groomed all of Kawuneeche rd, South Supply into Grand Lake, North Supply Loop, and middle and upper Shortcuts. Down Pony Park trail, through Gravel from the south, and back to Idleglen on Stillwater. Tripled the first mile out of Idleglen, but it’s thin and can get rough quickly. Grand Lake is hopping with sleds on Saturdays, get up here and join the action! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 17, 2020 | 07:25 am
That sunset tonight. So much pink. Snow was glowing pink in front of the cat from the last light of the day with an approaching storm. Evening light pictures from Stillwater making our way out tonight. About 4-6” up high from the snowfall two days ago, very little down low. North side of Stillwater Pass above Lost Lake seems to have the best snow. Lower elevations, especially by trailheads, are thin and can get rough in the sun, warmth and traffic of the day. Went around the big loop tonight, 54 miles from Idleglen to Idleglen. Out on Stillwater which gets groomed from Idleglen to Illinois Pass trailhead, up to Little Gravel Man Trail blasting out the drifts, and around Kauffman Creek proper. Trails out here are in excellent shape with few if any bumps. Only three tracks on Little Gravel Mtn and Kauffman Creek trail since the last storm, so off trail is near completely untouched. I highly encourage everyone to get out and ride this area! Thank you to all those cutting trees and straightening signs, all help is greatly appreciated. Even if just cut out for snowmobiles and not the cat, like in the last picture. Town trail is open and businesses welcoming. Hopefully our snowfall for tomorrow comes to fruition, It would be great to have a storm riding day! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 16, 2020 | 09:37 am
Groomed into town for the meeting and did a bunch of snow farming. Thank you to the Park for putting some snow in areas we can get it to the trail. A big thank you to the town of Grand Lake, Keith Everhart and employees at GL Public Works for all their time and effort today moving many piles of snow to a place we could use it. Many agencies working together on our town trail into Grand Lake for your enjoyment. Ride into town for for some food or check out many of the other welcoming local businesses! A dusting to an inch at lake level, up to 5” at higher elevations in the last 2 days. Tonight groomed all of Kawuneeche rd with 2 passes on the bumpy section around Hatchet Park. Down South Supply into town, and groomed North Supply Loop, upper Shortcuts, and down Pony Park trail. Around Gravel from the north, couldn’t climb the drift at the trail high point for the first time this season. Had to re-doze the trail from the top, a bit in the time lapse. For a Wednesday Gravel was amazingly tracked up on the north side. Back to Idleglen on Stillwater. Idleglen has had a rough few weeks as our only trailhead parking and will need a nice moisture rich snowfall to really recover south facing Stillwater. It can get rough during the day especially if the sun hits it or temps are above freezing. Snotel on Stillwater is only at 22” and that packs out to about 2-3” if lucky, easy for sleds to burn through. Trails improve as elevation is gained Town trail is open, come and ride Grand Lake! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 13, 2020 | 08:14 am
Snow did fall today but no significant accumulation down low and maybe 2” up high with more wind than snow. Gravel had other 2” reset, no track visible from today. Drifting and scouring in effect above tree line. It's been snowing like this for days, so getting off the trail can get into some deeper snow. At 1am it’s 9° with the moon showing through light cloud cover. Rocky Mtn Nast'l Park has not informed us of a trail closure during this week, we'll let you know if it happens. Tonight groomed Stillwater from Idleglen to Stillwater Pass, through Gravel and up Pony Park trail using the Gilsonite trail. Around North Supply Loop, upper Kawuneeche and the upper Shortcut, which is really coming into its shape. Across middle Kawuneeche, down South Supply into town, and back to Idleglen on Kawuneeche. Photos from Gravel, very light dusty snow in a cold atmosphere. Weekday riding should be nice, have fun out there! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 12, 2020 | 08:13 am
Time lapse near everyone has been waiting for, Town trail is open! Please ride slow and smooth with no hard acceleration or braking when going through our freshly opened trail to Grand Lake through Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park. Keep our snow white to keep this very important access open. STAY ON THE TRAIL! Riding off trail through the National Park in the first 4 miles out of Grand Lake is one of the Park’s biggest concerns. After the first 4 miles and crossing a berm, Supply Creek Kiosk will signify National Forest land. Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park is in control of the opening of this trail, if you would like to thank someone for this access, please contact the Park and let them know! Up to an inch down low, and only about 2” new up high in the last 24 hours. Starting to pile up at high elevevations with many small storms and cold temperatures. Snow off trail is deep if it’s been untouched so far this season. Although not super deep, Gravel was completely reset from today with barely any tracks visible. Tonight groomed Kawuneeche and South Supply all the way into Grand Lake. Back up to go across middle Kawuneeche, up North Supply Loop. down the upper Shortcut (sliced off some trees) and back up Kawuneeche. Down Pony Park trail, through Gravel from the south and back to Idleglen on Stillwater. Trail are in good shape, especially town trail, which has been groomed three times before you even got to ride it. Donations accepted, click the “Shop Now” button to get to our PayPal donate link, thank you. Get up to Grand Lake and ride! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 11, 2020 | 08:27 pm
Please ride slow and smooth with no hard acceleration or braking when going through our freshly opened trail to Grand Lake through Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park. Keep our snow white to keep this very important access open. STAY ON THE TRAIL! Riding off trail through the National Park in the first 4 miles out of Grand Lake is one of the Park’s biggest concerns. After the first 4 miles and crossing a berm, Supply Creek Kiosk will signify National Forest land. Have fun after this point in light 17° flurries! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 11, 2020 | 08:38 am
A dusting at lower elevations and up to 6” new at highest elevations, favoring the north. Cleared off tonight to -11° under a full moon and stars, could’ve groomed above timber with all lights off. Trails should be nice to start the day and get you to some of the deeper snow up higher. From Idleglen, the first mile or so of Stillwater is the trail that will fall apart first, with Kawuneeche holding out better through the day. All conditions improve as elevation is gained. Tonight groomed all of Kawuneeche rd, South Supply x2, and North Supply to the North South connector x2. Hit North Supply Loop, down Pony Park trail and through Gravel from the north, with very few tracks south of the trail high point as displayed in the time lapse. Ready for riders on Saturday! Back to Idleglen on lower Stillwater. The loop around Kauffman Creek from “X” through “P” was groomed last night and trail conditions are great. Shortcuts take a massive amount of snow to cover boulders, put in the first run on the top/ longest section tonight. Could still feel the two biggest ones in the top section, really not too bad and it will join the grooming rotation. Bottom section needs a bit more snow. Thank you again to Janusz from Lone Eagle Lodge and Gas Station for his help tonight, stop there for out of state snowmobile permits. Have fun on the mountain! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 10, 2020 | 01:11 pm
Any updates on trail condoms for this weekend
January 10, 2020 | 08:04 am
A dusting down low, maybe an inch or two up high. Tonight groomed around Kauffman Creek for the first time since December 20th and could only find 8 inches of snow that has fallen in the last three weeks. The loop from “X, W, V, U, S, to P” has good trail conditions. Got rid of the goat trail and drifts on Little Gravel Man trail (time lapse,) and in the far western clear cut areas. Also groomed all of Stillwater rd from Idleglen to Stillwater Pass. Town trail remains closed as Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park wants more snow. Snow did start falling at around 8pm up high and continued through midnight with some heavier squalls for short periods. Wind was calm with minimal drifting. Cloud cover is light with the moon and a few of the brightest stars still visible. Nine degrees at lake level. With other trailheads closed due to logging (Kauffman Kiosk) or landowners (Stillwater West, Grand Lake,) Idleglen has unfortunately been the only major parking area/trailhead for the public on our trail system during the entire season so far, including heavy holiday traffic, and minimal new snow. As a result, south facing Stillwater is thin and can get rough quickly during the day. Kawuneeche will last a bit longer in the day with less sun exposure. Mid and upper elevation trails are in better shape. Bring in a good storm! Go out and find some snow this weekend! Groomer phone (970) 531-8872
January 08, 2020 | 04:48 am
Sweet day today....Hey Cam, question for you. Are you familiar with a group called the "Thursday Club" from about 25 years back? The may have been the Search and Rescue crew back then???
January 07, 2020 | 02:34 pm
Need help getting 4 sleds from Columbine to OnTheTrail Saturday am 1/11! Willing to pay $50 sled each way. Dave 3035215210
January 07, 2020 | 06:13 am
Two inches down low, and about 5” up high of new snow in the last 2 days. Windy for almost the entire duration of the snowfall. Might not be a whole lot but erased Gravel and is now ready for new sets of tracks as shown in the last two pictures. Lights of the town of Granby in the center and Winter Park to the left in the last picture. Traffic took a nosedive with wind blown snow conditions and a Monday, so all the fresh is left for tomorrow! Tonight groomed all of Kawuneeche, with 2 passes on the section between North and South to pull snow. Got North Supply Loop, Pony Park trail, Gravel Mtn and Stillwater to Idleglen. Trails are looking great out there, with a little fresh snow for cooling. Town trail remains closed as Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park wants more snow. Signs are also looking great this year with a lot of help from Trail Hosts and riders. Poles on Gravel are nice and straight with lots of stick showing, looks excellent. Same with many intersections and directional signs. I know Ted Kelly has been helping with signs and trees in the trail. Thank you to him and all other unnamed volunteers, very appreciated! The “Shop Now” button on this Facebook Page will take you to our PayPal donation link. We are a non-profit that survives on grants and donations. PayPal donations have been fruitful, even an individual $1,000 donation over the Christmas vacation. Thank you to all donators!! Snowmobiling will be worth it tomorrow with no crowds and some sun before the next storm, get up and ride! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 06, 2020 | 08:41 am
Fire in the sky tonight!
January 06, 2020 | 08:35 am
Beautiful light in the sky tonight with clouds from approaching snowfall lit up by the setting sun! A heavy dusting down low, and 2-3” new up high. Still snowing lightly down low, with higher rates of snowfall at upper elevations. Windy up and down the mountain, drifting is prominent up high. Moon peeked through with a few stars at 1:15am, 11° currently. Tonight groomed Stillwater from Idleglen to the Pass, through Gravel and around Gold Run. Up Pony Park trail to get North Supply Loop, North Supply to the North South connector, South Supply and all of Kawuneeche rd. North of Stillwater Pass was done last night and in great shape. We’ll get around Kauffman Creek before the weekend. Town trail remains closed as Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park wants more snow to consider it. Time lapse coming down upper Kawuneeche to the interpretive trail. Definitely more snow to the north with this storm, the area around the Bowen Gulch Interpretive trail and above will feature some of the deeper new snow. It was a great holiday with many guests staying through this weekend. Mountain traffic clears up a bit (maybe.. everyone can stay if they like!) for this week, so get up here and do some riding! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 05, 2020 | 08:30 am
A fine day of sun, clouds, comfortable temperatures and fresh snow on a base happened today and we look forward to a repeat tomorrow. Come on up and take part in the action! Past three days have yielded 9” of new snow. Light flurries around during the night with clearing skies at 1:15am. Great to see tracks of explorers finding some good snow. Time lapse coming back from southern spine of Little Gravel shows many untouched areas, and a great trail to get there. To the left of the cat is Little Gravel, just a fun climb through the trees away. Groomed out on Stillwater for three passes on the first mile, up to the top of Gold Run to go across the shelf to the spine of Little Gravel, last groomed 4 days ago. Back to Gravel, up to the trail high point, and down to “K” before heading up Pony Park trail. Got North Supply Loop, South Supply and all of Kawuneeche rd with attention to the section between Idleglen and “N.” Town trail remains closed as Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park wants more snow on the trail. A nice Sunday for playing in the snow, get up to our mountains and ride! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 05, 2020 | 03:23 am
This is the restroom ,People if you can’t clean your trash up stay home, people work hard keeping the trails at Grand Lake beautiful we don’t need ignorant people leaving trash behind..
January 04, 2020 | 09:25 am
Another inch down low in the last 24 and about 3” up high. Nine inches on the stick is from the last three days on Gravel which was in the clouds tonight, third picture. Not much snow is at lower elevations to the west at Illinois Pass trailhead. Usually about the week after New Year’s Illinois Pass is groomable, but it’s going to need some more snow to get over from our side. Snowmobiles are riding it so there is a path in there. Snow is heavier consistency at lower elevations, with better quality and depth of fresh above 10,000ft. Town trail remains closed as Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park still wants more snow on the trail. Went out on Stillwater to get the first mile 3 times and then up to Gravel and Stillwater Pass. Over the north side to Illinois Pass trailhead. Even though we haven’t been here since 12/26, the trail was still rideable, great conditions now. Good off-trail snow above Lost Lake with diminishing depths further down to the west. Through Pony Park trail, North Supply Loop, South Supply (which is thin below “A,”) and all of Kawuneeche rd from Chicken Hill to Idleglen. We appreciate all the holiday visitors who kept the trails busy through this week. A warm weekend is in the forecast, get up and take advantage! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 03, 2020 | 09:08 am
About a dusting down low in the last 24 hours, probably abut 3” new up high, making for about 6” new in the last two days for us. Light dusty snow falling with 11° at 2:15am. Riding up high is getting better with new accumulation, especially if you’re riding snow the hasn’t been tracked yet this season. Didn’t get around Kauffman tonight as the trails on the front side were ridden heavily and needed attention. Took the cat with the big fuel tank to get the most done. The best trail leaving Idleglen is Kawuneeche. Stillwater got double passed on some sections, can be thin in the first 2 miles from lack of recent snow down low with all the traffic. It’s best in the morning, but can get rough during the day. Kauffman Creek should still be in decent shape from the rider reports, and looking down the back of Stillwater Pass reveals a nice flat trail. We’ll try to head for Lost Lake area and Gold Run tomorrow night, giving us a better idea of conditions on the big loop. Town trail remains closed as Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park still wants more snow on the trail. Idleglen was full with vehicles parking down the road. Tonight groomed Stillwater from Idleglen to the Pass, through Gravel and up Pony Park trail. Got North Supply Loop, South Supply to the berm x2, North Supply to the North-South connector x2, all of Kawuneeche rd from Hot Dog to Idlegen twice as well. There were some heavier squalls tonight, like in the time lapse through Pony Park, they just didn’t last long enough for big accumulations. Get out and enjoy! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 02, 2020 | 09:08 am
Three inches down low, couldn’t really find anything deeper up high, though it has been windy. Drifting and scouring above tree line, with some unaffected snow below tree line. It seems snow is really favoring Gravel this year. First picture of Chicken Hill, second of Gravel. Third from Gravel behind the cat, and the last from the south side of the rock garden. This evening's portion of the storm was mostly over by 8pm down low, with stars in the sky at 2am. Really need to see it snowing! Town trail remains closed until Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park has enough snow to open. Tonight groomed all of Kawuneeche Rd, South Supply, North Supply Loop, and down Pony Park trail. Through Gravel from the north, and groomed all of Stillwater from the Pass to Idleglen. Thank you to board member Janusz, from Lone Eagle Lodge and Gas Station for spending 3 hours with me tonight on a separate project for the Trailgroomers. Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 01, 2020 | 08:20 am
2020! Saw flashes of the Grand Lake fireworks from behind Prohibition Ridge coming back on Stillwater. Happy New Year! Flakes falling from the sky again this evening with no accumulation, and really could use it, especially down low, where we have only had 4-5” since Dec 15th and lots of sun. Nice New Year’s Eve day traffic on the trails with another full parking lot at Idleglen. Saw some more adventurous tracks out the windshield tonight with riders trying to catch some unridden snow. Gold Run is basically a big set of switchbacks you can drop or climb through the woods, with a groomed trail at top and bottom. Also leads up to Little Gravel Mountain above the top of the shelf road. First picture from that area. Tonight groomed all of Kawuneeche, South Supply, North Supply Loop, and down Pony Park trail. Chicken Hill out of the back widow, and last picture in front, fully tracked. Up to “X” to go across the top of Gold Run, which has remained flat through the last 6 days and still is a good ride toward and around Kauffman Creek. Turned around at the spine of Little Gravel then through Gravel and back to Idleglen on Stillwater from the pass, down the north side still looking great. Tripled a few sections of lower Stillwater, including just down form “K.” Some great ribbon out there for the late holiday riders, conditions improving as elevation is gained. Town trail remains closed as Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park wants more snow to open. Traffic calms drastically until Saturday, a great time to get out and check out the new gear acquired during the holidays! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
December 31, 2019 | 08:09 am
Flurries through very light snow falling all night on the mountain with minor accumulation. Saw the sliver of a moon at the beginning of the night but quickly obscured by clouds. Nice and cold tonight with zero at 1:15 am. Great day of traffic on the trails, thank you to our guests! Although town trail is closed until Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park has enough snow for them to open (only had 4-5” down low in the last 2 weeks,) Grand Lake businesses would welcome your visit. New Year's Eve will be a great night in town with fireworks over the lake to break into 2020. Tonight groomed Stillwater from Idleglen to Stillwater Pass, getting the first mile out of the parking lot 3 times. Through Gravel from the south and up Pony Park trail. Groomed North Supply Loop (time lapse from the top,) South Supply, and all of Kawuneeche rd, giving the section between North and South Supply a triple pass. Gold Run still looking good at top and bottom, as well as the down the north side of Stillwater pass. Little Gravel Mtn trail and Kauffman Creek should also still be nice to get away from holiday traffic. Come on out and ride! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
December 30, 2019 | 08:16 am
A trace of cold dust fell at low elevations, with maybe an inch of equally dusty snow at upper elevations. Cold temperatures tonight with -3° at 1:15am. Another big day on the trails with a packed Idleglen and vehicles parking way down the road. Three passes on the first mile out of Stillwater (thin snow) and the first 1/2 mile on Kawuneeche from Idleglen, as they were the roughest sections. Moose and elk wandering Stillwater right out of the parking lot just as we began. Caught the elk in forest and their prints on fresh corduroy, but missed a photo of the moose. First picture of two passes out of Stillwater's first mile as we head for the rest of the trail system. Snow clinging to every part of the trees on Gravel in the last pictures. Town trail remains closed as Rocky Man Nat’l Park wants more snow. Tonight groomed Stillwater from Idleglen to Stillwater Pass and went through Gravel from the south with sled tracks covering the meadows. Up Pony Park trail, down North Supply Loop, North Supply to the North-South connector, and South Supply to “A.” All of Kawuneeche rd laid out as well. Gold Run, north side of Stillwater Pass, Little Gravel Mtn trail and Kauffman Creek are in nice shape for riding away from the holiday masses. A couple more big days, thank you to all the visitors for getting up to our trail system! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
December 29, 2019 | 08:22 am
Three inches of new was the most I could find anywhere, and it’s in Idleglen through Hatchet Park as well as just below tree line. Above tree line was very windy with scouring and drifting in action, no discernible original snowfall. Time lapse from Gravel tells that tale well. Zero on the thermometer at 2am with clouds in front of the stars but no snow falling. Busiest day so far this season, lower Stillwater and lower Kawuneeche were straight trashed. Each got three passes on the worst parts, which was all of Stillwater from Idlegeln to intersection “K.” These trails are laid out nice and wide for another big day tomorrow. Also groomed South Supply, North Supply Loop, and middle and upper Kawuneeche rd. Down Pony Park trail, through Gravel from the south and back to Idleglen on Stillwater. Town trail remains closed as Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park wants more snow on the trail. Looking down the back of Stillwater Pass revealed a trail that remains flat. Kauffman Creek, Little Gravel Mtn trail and Gold Run will also still be in good shape with a coating of snow. Great trails to get away from the rental traffic closer to Idleglen and Supply Creek Kiosk. Have fun out there tomorrow! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872