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MTB: Moab & San Rafael Swell, Oct. 12-14th. Lots of Pics!

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I haven't been to Moab in a few years, & with the trails being too wet at home & the promise of cooler temps., this seemed like the prime time to go.

 

Driving south from northern Utah these rainbows kept getting in my lane over Soldier Summit.

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Wednesday morning we took the shuttle up to ride the Porcupine Rim trail.  From the shuttle drop we rode up the Hazard trail toward the La Sal mountains till we hit mud, turned around & began the long descent.

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The ride was about 24 miles total with a 4800' descent according to my GPS.  From the Hazard singletrack we join a section of the Kokopelli trail & then the upper & lower Porcupine singletrack which joins the main rim trail above Castle Valley.

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The mid section of the ride is a mix of singletrack & old jeep roads with lots of slickrock drops & steps

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The final pitch returns to technical singletrack, dropping down to the Colorado river & back into town.

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That evening I drove into Arches National Park to watch the sunset & the almost full moonrise.

 

Petrified Dunes with the La Sals in the background:

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Balanced Rock:

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Fiery Furnace:

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Thursday I drove just north of town to ride the Baby Steps trail & many of its variations.  This is the area near Klondike Bluffs & where a lot of the newer trails & rides are found.

The area is a great mix of moderate technical singletrack & slickrock.  Ended up with about 20 miles of up, down, around, over & under.

 

Under the overhang:

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Through the slot:

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Am I lost?  At least there is some water:

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Friday morning I drove north of I-70 into what seemed like the middle of nowhere.  About 30 miles on dirt rodes brought me into the San Rafael swell.

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A little rock art left by the Anasazi.  Where the hell did they go anyway?

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Some amazing canyon walls:

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The drive out to the Good Water Rim trail was way more interesting than I expected this whole area is amazing.  The ride itself is narrow, fun, winding single track that follows right on the edge of a canyon called the wedge.  It is about a 20 mile loop.

 

Who'da thunk there was a mini Grand Canyon out here:

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Pretty incredible place:

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I took the scenic route home through Duchesne & the Wasatch back.

Home Saturday to tacky trails & Fall colors:

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Thanks for viewing,

JF

 

 

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Nice Shots!!!

 

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Looks like Burro is closed for the season. I need to get out to goodwarter rim. Have hear good stuff about that trail. Looks awesome! Nice shots.

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Beautiful. Did a Park City mountain bike trip for the first time this last summer. Looks like I have a bunch more places to hit. If only this whole work thing would not get in the way.

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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

Looks like Burro is closed for the season. I need to get out to goodwarter rim. Have hear good stuff about that trail. Looks awesome! Nice shots.


Goodwater rim is definitely worth a return visit.  Hit me up when you wanna go.  I don't think you need to worry about crowds there ;)

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JF

 

 

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Nice photos/TR!!

 

I just discovered the Little Grand Canyon in the spring thanks to UtahMTB's write-up. The camping there is pretty incredible too--free dispersed camping (with toilets thanks to the day use area) about 15 feet from the rim. There was even a makeshift campground/picnic area or two right on the rim.

 

Here's a pic to add to the Swell stoke (post-hike margaritas at camp + my desert-dusted lab): 

 

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Ah yes, the Margataritas are a nice touch drool.gif .

 

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JF

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Three person biking

The Photos are inspirational.

On early out school days, we skip the bus and ride the 3-headed bike during my lunch hour to race the bus to our neighborhood.

Working with the Utah High School Cycling League to recruit an adult to start a Moab Mountain Bike school team.

Want my kids to have that opportunity when they are old enough, can't believe it took so long to think of it...

 

Was just sent the updated trail map for the Klondike Bluffs area.

Have you ridden EKG single track?

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Great pics, Jim.  That area looks spectacular.  I have never been to southern Utah but we are going to take a family trip there next spring break.  Can't wait to see it.

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Three person biking

The Photos are inspirational.

On early out school days, we skip the bus and ride the 3-headed bike during my lunch hour to race the bus to our neighborhood.

Working with the Utah High School Cycling League to recruit an adult to start a Moab Mountain Bike school team.

Want my kids to have that opportunity when they are old enough, can't believe it took so long to think of it...

 

Was just sent the updated trail map for the Klondike Bluffs area.

Have you ridden EKG single track?




Is that a new trail in the area? Klondike Bluffs was my first trail in Moab--a great introduction with little climbing, fun slickrock, dinosaur fossils and the option to hike into Arches, a great first-time experience even if not on the same level as the bigger classics.

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Was just sent the updated trail map for the Klondike Bluffs area.

Have you ridden EKG single track?

Yes, on my first lap I rode Little Salty to EKG.  EKG is a really fun, well marked, traverse.  It is 99% slickrock surface without any major climbing, just zig zagging up & down.  If you like slow, low gear, moderately technical meandering it is great!

 

EKG:

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Great pics, Jim.  That area looks spectacular.  I have never been to southern Utah but we are going to take a family trip there next spring break.  Can't wait to see it.

John, you will love it.  I have been visiting southern UT off & on for 20 yrs. & still feel like I am just scratching the surface.  It does get hot as hell in the summer.
 

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Is that a new trail in the area? Klondike Bluffs was my first trail in Moab--a great introduction with little climbing, fun slickrock, dinosaur fossils and the option to hike into Arches, a great first-time experience even if not on the same level as the bigger classics.

Pretty new I think, with more on the way.  On my second lap I ran into the trail designer who was just posting a new map of the area.  He said that they had some pretty good plans for that area in the next few years.  After talking to him I rode Klondike Bluffs up, & basically rode Baby Steps in reverse.  With all the variations, I easily got 20 miles out of it.

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JF

 


 

 

 

post #12 of 15

Pretty jealous here. I really have to come and do that sometime. I drove past once with my bike in the car going from NORBA race at Snowmass to NORBA race in Deer Valley. It was 105 or so as we left Grand Junction. Saw the sign for Moab, but figured we would just wither up and die in minutes if we tried to ride there.

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Pretty jealous here. I really have to come and do that sometime. I drove past once with my bike in the car going from NORBA race at Snowmass to NORBA race in Deer Valley. It was 105 or so as we left Grand Junction. Saw the sign for Moab, but figured we would just wither up and die in minutes if we tried to ride there.

Yes, I think summer is their LOW season, at least for biking.  I have been there in the Spring, but this is my favorite time of year down there & considered the HIGH season.  I have heard that winter opens up a lot of different options as the many sandy areas kinda freeze up & become supportable for riding, but I would rather be skiing in the winter ;) .  The La Sal mountains look like they would have some great skiing though, but I have heard they are pretty avalanche prone.

 

JF

 


 

 

 

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Nice shot between the boulders. That's good to know about the new development over there. I'll have to check it out.

 

I was supposed to head down there this weekend, but don't think it'll work out. This is really making me rethink, though!

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Beautiful colours.

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