Trail users exercise caution during mudslide, avalanche threat

Apr 10, 2023, 6:05 PM | Updated: Apr 11, 2023, 9:27 am

FARMINGTON, Utah — With the beautiful weather, a lot of people are itching to get outside. But they’re also keeping in mind — all of the snow on the mountains has to go somewhere, and it could impact the way they play in the great outdoors.

The mountain bike park is Jon Lowe’s home away from home.

“It’s got trails ranging from very easy that you can take a small child on,” Lowe said.

Others will take you airborne.

“Will put you in the air for 60+ feet.”

This year, bikes have stayed in the garage longer than usual.

“The trail still has snow covering parts of it,” Lowe said.

Which is not ideal for riding.

“Today? No,” Lowe said to KSL TV on Monday.

The threat of mudslides and avalanches in the foothills is something Lowe considers before he hits the dirt.

“All of the creeks are going to be flowing at a tremendously high level with a lot of cold water, so caution needs to be exercised.”

He also doesn’t want to leave a mark.

“If I pull my bike off and start riding and it’s flicking mud off and sticking to my tires, chances are it’s not a trail you should be riding on.”

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There are plenty of paths to explore.

“Don’t be afraid to pull up to a trailhead and assess the conditions and think it doesn’t look good today.”

With a record-breaking winter, Lowe said it’s OK to hit the brakes.

“The mountains will be here tomorrow, so come back another day.”

Lowe said “the farm” in Farmington isn’t quite ready for trail riding. He said to give it another week or so. He expects people will be able to hit the trails then.

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Trail users exercise caution during mudslide, avalanche threat