Conditions vary from passable to bad to " Oh crap, am I going to get out of here alive?" Took me over an hour to get through two miles of seven foot shelf road with two feet of loose snow on it. Gouged up my windshield frame when I slid into a rock. Got stuck at least four times before I got out of that bloody canyon. I'll go back up and check it out again long about June or July. That was so not fun...
Now that I said that.......thanks for checking.. what about Illinois gulch? or hackett or Longwater
Well, stupid as it sounds that's what I went up there for. Conditions were tolerable until I got into that bloody canyon, and then it turned to shit really fast. Trouble is once you're in that canyon there's no turning back, you can't even turn around safely in the summer, much less when there's that much snow.
Illinois Gulch is a nasty little trail in the summer, add in ice and snow and it would be impassable. All of the trails in the Rainbow Falls area are tough in the winter. There is a lot of icing from all the ATV's and dirt bikes. Plus said OHV's drive like idiots in there. I only do that area in the summer during the week when the weather is crappy.
Wildcat Canyon would be doable but not by novices. I wouldn't even consider a fun run out there.
About all that's left would be another run in the Manchester Creek area. I just can't thing of anything else that would be safe in the winter.
old stage is boring, at least for me. i do know of one trail that went out through the mts that Ive only been about 10 miles down and it kept going. heading back to that trail isn't hard and there's a little mud area that's fun to play in for a little.
Long Hollow and Dakan Road are both closed for the winter, probably until late May. I wouldn't go near Illinois gulch this time of year for a crack at the Lotto. The Rampart is totally unpredictable right now. You'll be going along fine and all of a sudden you're in two feet of snow, or ice ruts on a steep slope. I haven't be afraid on a trail in a very long time, I was plenty scared today.