Blanding to Hite via Dark Canyon
We had talked about this ride for 2 years - this was the day to ride.
The plan was to get an early start from Blanding, ride the Causeway, Gooseberry Road, and the access to Dark Canyon Wilderness to see Scorup Cabin. From there, come back out to the Gooseberry and get on the Woodenshoe road to finish at Hite on the beautiful shores of Lake Powell. We did not deviate from the plan - much!
Like most trips it begins with some pavement
Hit the wrong button and posted instead of going back - will keep going as soon as I can figure out how to post pics again!
The early morning shadows - and cold to boot!
The first big decision
The causeway is a crooked windy road that has the first of many fantastic views
This road links up with the Gooseberry Road on Elk Ridge - more fantastic views!
Off Elk Ridge is the Dark Canyon Wilderness. There is an access road down Peavine Canyon for mechanized use. The goal for this section was to get to the Scorup Cabin
Peavine Canyon is a mix of ponderosa pine, sagebrush and cottonwoods. A few cedars and some water all in a sandy soil with towering cliffs.
This arch indicates the intersection to go to either Scorup Cabin or Rig Canyon
The ride was pretty uneventful - cool crisp morning - beautiful scenery - until we arrived at this wash.
Past efforts to cross had been rearranged by the summer thunderstorms - so we rearranged it again!
Made a dandy crossing!
Nice bridge! :lurk Following along . . .
Another mile or so - lots of cows and a small muddy crossing and we were at the wilderness boundary - the jumping off point to walk to the Scorup Cabin
Tack and grain shed near the cabin
Looking back at Scorup Cabin
I'll finish the ride later this evening - too nice a day not to ride.
Don't remember any wilderness boundary. How far was that from the cabin?
@rider914 - the wilderness sign was about 100 yards from the cabin
Well we're back from another ride - had to take the wife up to see the beautiful scenery - looped the Cottonwood Canyon to Natural bridges - we'll be back
Back to the original ride - after we went to the Scorup Cabin we chatted with a young cowboy rounding up cows in the area - nice guy and what a life.
We were on our way out when the little muddy crossing going in turned into a bigger obstacle going out
Might not look bad to some but we had a heck of a time getting the BRP out!
The beasts after the crossing filled with the remnants of cows living there!
Pretty uneventful trip out after the mudhole - great view of Arch Canyon
Colorado River canyon from the Woodenshoe road - there's a lot of the Woodenshoe after you get out of the pinyon juniper forest - lots of the Woodenshoe!
We would ride through the pinyons - stop and gather some pinyon nuts - ride 'till we ran out then stop and get some more. Pinyon nuts don't happen that often so we get them when we can!
Made it to Hite!
Hite had cold drinks and gasoline - next stop top of Blue Notch. If you look close through the haze you can see Good Hope Bay on Lake Powell.
Looking back at the country we had just travelled
Making our way back toward Blanding picking pinyon nuts and enjoying the day we decided to take one more "short cut".
The old road out of Comb Wash.
This was the way we went to Lake Powell when I was a kid. Still a bit of a kid but the road has deteriorated over the years since the cut was shot through the ridge and the road paved.
It was a great day that satisfied my curiosity about the back way to Hite, the motorized access in Dark Canyon and we saw some amazing places - places we'll go back and explore.
Last shot of the day from the top of Comb Ridge on the old road looking back at the rest of the ridge trailing away into the haze.
Yer Makin Me Wanta Go Ridin!!!
Thanks for sharing.You obviously have great places to ride.:clapAm afraid I'm a bit envious.:wink: Hope you have many more epic rides to enjoy!:D
Thanks woodschip - when we were in Tennessee we were blown away at the greenery - totally different - in a good way - from our part of the country.
We have some great places to ride - come out sometime and we'd be glad to show you around!
Nice write up Rick. Wish I hadn't used all of my vacation!
That is definitely some beautiful country, and the log crossing
would've made even Colebatch proud!
Can't believe that cabin is still so undisturbed.....
Thanks for sharing.
It was a great ride. We found about a dozen more place's along the way that we would like to explore. If anyone is planning to ride the woodenshoe road to Hite, I lost my iPhone somewhere along the way. Thanks DCZ for being a great planner and guide.
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