Nice afternoon for a ride. High temp in St. George today was 65 degrees. Did a circumnavigation of West Mountain Peak. Left St. George and started out the Motoqua Road. Just short of Motoqua (Beaver Dam Wash) turned south onto Indian Springs Trail (also good dirt). Followed this to Jackson Well, then Indian Spring Tank, and finally to the Eardley Road. Back home on Old Highway 91 over the Utah Hill. About 80 miles total.
For those following along, here's the map:
I'd been on all these roads (Indian Spring Trail, Jackson Well) about a year ago. Good to check back and see the conditions. Generally quite good. Any ADV bike could make this circuit. Overall, very scenic. Lots of dispersed camping throughout. Saw several large groups of deer (10-20) on the lower portion of Indian Springs Trail.
On the Motoqua Road, just leaving the Shivwitz Indian Reservation. Started several rides on this road recently. Check out post 120 on page 8. Also, post 128 (Manganese Spring) and post 131 (Pahcoon Flat).
Over 5,000 miles on the original rear tire. Tread isn't what it used to be. Getting time for new rubber for the WR.
When you get to this sign, you are close. This road heads north, eventually to the Enterprise Reservoir area. Lots of nice riding in this direction. Hopefully, I'll have the chance to get up here before significant snowfall. Some of this area is higher elevation and the "passes" can get blocked by snow.
Looking back in the mirror. Lots of the Motoqua Road is fast dirt, easy 50+ mph.
The key turn south onto Indian Springs Trail. Road isn't as fast now, but still very good.
Final look back at the Motoqua Road. This last stretch was 70 mph dirt.
Soon you see the first Joshua trees. Lots more to come. West Mountain Peak (with TV towers) in the distance.
Desert plants become more noticeable.
Desert plant with Beaver Dam Wash in background. Very impressive topography on display at this point. Beaver Dam Wash is a BIG wash. Worth a ride out if you haven't seen it.
Looking west into the sun at Beaver Dam Wash. Steady stream of running water. Very modest at this point, but makes for a great reflection.
My bike, crossing a side wash (Jackson Wash). This drainage comes down from the Motoqua Road area.
The sign for the short spur road heading west to Jackson Well, actually down in Beaver Dam Wash.
The Jackson Well Road is lined with Joshua Trees.
The view back to West Mountain Peak (with TV towers on top, faintly visible in photo). Check out page 9, post 121.
Jackson Well area, on the valley floor of Beaver Dam Wash. One prominent tree, a shed, and an old windmill. Old cattle area. Some current activity on occasion.
The old windmill. The solar panel halfway up now provides the pumping power.
The tank. Inflow pipe.
Close up of the inflow trigger. My son would say "just like a toilet."
Crappy photo, but the tank is packed full of goldfish! Quite the stunt. Someone put a few fish in the tank, and they have multiplied, big-time. Might have been here for years now. Interesting little ecosystem!
Went out and crossed Beaver Dam Wash. Did some exploring on the other side (west, close to Nevada). Map isn't clear, but reasonable road continues. Never been here before. Always more to look into. This pic is heading back across the wash. There has been recent maintenance here. This road has not been underwater since grading.
Re-crossing the wash. Very attractive in late afternoon light.
WRR with Joshua Trees in route back to Indian Springs Trail.
Power Line road heads back north to Motoqua Road. I continued south on Indian Springs Trail.
Late afternoon shadow. That might be the ADV salute. I'll get this clearer next time.
At the Indian Spring Tank. This is one end of the Hell Hole Pass Road which climbs West Mountain Peak. Several other roads / tracks diverge south / west (towards Lytle Ranch at Beaver Dam Wash) from this point.
Similar photo of my TW200 from ride a few weeks ago (Hell Hole Pass, post 121 page 9).
Light was fading for the last part of the ride on Indian Springs Trail. I drove slowly since there were several large herds of deer in the area. This was partly out of deference to my friend Paul who had a deer run into his bike near Zion (post 103).
The connection back to the Eardley Road (post 102, page 7) and out to Old Highway 91 was uneventful. Here's the final pic at the junction back onto pavement.
Ride safe, inmates. If you can, ride often! Good for the spirit!