Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork ranger districts give updates on recreational areas

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Ranger shows debris from a trailhead. Most closed areas are estimated to open later this month or after Memorial Day. (Photo courtesy of USDA)

The Pleasant Grove and Spanish Fork ranger districts gave updates on recently opened recreational areas. Because of the large amounts of rain and snow, many recreational areas are still closed.

However, there are many areas opening to the public this coming week. Each week, as the snow continues to melt and the ranger districts continue to clean the trails, more areas will open.

Utah’s canyons boast many popular activities such as hiking, camping and skiing. With Memorial Day approaching, rangers are aware that people are looking for outside activities to enjoy the warm weather.

“There’s a lot of good opportunities for Memorial week,” Sarah Flinders, recreation staff officer for the Pleasant Grove and Spanish Fork ranger districts, said.

Snow on a major canyon road. Most closed areas are estimated to open later this month or after Memorial Day. (Photo courtesy of USDA)

According to Utah’s Division of Water Resources, “Utah’s snowpack is around normal (median) in most regions. This year, our snowpack peaked at 18.8 inches on April 2.”

And while many reservoirs in Utah gained a lot of water, plenty of roads, trails and campgrounds around them are still closed.

With the anticipated opening of many hiking trails and campgrounds, ranger officials urged people to stay safe and to stay on open roads.

“Many trails are behind closed gates, are under snow or very wet,” the Spanish Fork Ranger District said. “Adhere to the Wet Trail Closures and do not travel on trails if not open or wet. Damage occurring on trails and roads while wet are sometimes not able to be repaired.”

Many closed trailheads in the Spanish Fork Ranger District will be behind a closed gate. Wet trail closures are marked with a bright green sign.

For more information on recreational areas visit the Pleasant Grove and Spanish Fork ranger districts’ websites.

Below are the lists of closed trailheads, roads and campgrounds:

Trailheads in Pleasant Grove Ranger District

TrailheadOpen/Closed
Tibble ForkOpen
Silver Lake FlatClosed – estimated opening 5/24
Pine HollowOpen
Salamander Flat (dispersed camping)Closed – open 5/24
SummitClosed – open 5/24
TimpoonekeClosed – open 5/24
Mt Timpanogos/Aspen Grove THOpen
Current closed and open trailheads in Pleasant Grove Ranger district. Most closed areas are estimated to open later this month or after Memorial Day. (Information courtesy of USDA)

Closed roads in Pleasant Grove Ranger District

Road nameConditions
Alpine Loop (Sr 92)Closed – opening 5/24
Mineral Basin Road (FR085)Closed – Forest Closure due to road damage at the narrows
Snake Creek to Forest Lake RoadClosed – estimated opening 5/24-5/31
Upper Tibble to Holman Flat (FR085)Closed – estimated opening 6/15
Silver Lake Flat Road(FR008)/Silver Lake TH River CrossingClosed – estimated opening 5/24-5/31
Timpooneke Road (FR056)Closed
FR 114 SR92 to Cascade SpringsClosed – opening 5/24
Kyhv Road (FR 027) from Hope Campground to Lt Fork Hobble CreekClosed – estimated opening 5/31
Current closed roads in Pleasant Grove Ranger district. Most closed areas are estimated to open later this month or after Memorial Day. (Information courtesy of USDA)

Closed roads in Spanish Fork Ranger District

Road nameConditions
Upper Grotto (Ski Lift) Trailhead to Blackhawk gateClosed due to snow in Payson Lakes area – Estimated 5/24
Blackhawk to Santaquin cutoff gate on main Nebo Loop RoadClosed – estimated 5/31
Pole Haven to Spring Creek TrailheadClosed due to snow – estimated 5/24
Pole Have to Hope Campground – FR027Closed due to snow – estimated 5/31
Left Fork Hobble Creek to Halls ForkClosed – estimated 6/15 or later due to snow
Teat Mountain RoadClosed due to wet conditions
Tank Hollow RoadClosed due to wet conditions
Long Hollow gate – Monks HollowClosed due to wet trail closures
Current closed roads in Spanish Fork Ranger district. Most closed areas are estimated to open later this month or after Memorial Day. (Information courtesy of USDA)

Campgrounds/Picnic areas in Pleasant Grove Ranger District

Campground nameConditions
Granite Flat CGClosed – opening 5/31
Timpooneke CGClosed – opening 5/31
Altamont GSClosed – opening 6/7
Mount Timpanogos CGClosed – opening 5/31
Theatre-in-the-Pines GSClosed – opening 5/31
Hope CGClosed – opening 5/31
Rock Canyond CGClosed – opening 5/31
Current closed campgrounds in Pleasant Grove Ranger district. Most closed areas are estimated to open later this month or after Memorial Day. (Information courtesy of USDA)

Campgrounds/Picnic areas in Spanish Fork Ranger District

Site nameConditions
Blackhawk CGClosed for the season
Payson Lakes CGClosed – estimated 5/24
Payson Lakes Guard StationClosed – estimated 5/24
Tinney Flat CGClosed
Trumbolt picnic day use siteClosed – No camping allowed
Current closed campgrounds in Spanish Fork Ranger district. Most closed areas are estimated to open later this month or after Memorial Day. (Information courtesy of USDA)
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