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Old Yesterday, 07:52 AM   #1
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La Sal State forest - need advice regarding roads.

Hi guys,

I'm planning a full day loop connecting some of the trails on "Moab, UT backroads & 4wd trails" by Charles Wells, and I'm looking for suggestions about how to connect the LA Sal Pass road (#073) and Castleton Gateway Road (aka "Dolores Triangle Safari Route" ?).

I can see multiple trail that can be used to do the connection, but I can't tell how easy are they, if the vistas are better from some over others etc, so I was hoping someone that knows the area can give some advice.

Here is the planned route, the section in question is between the 2 yellow markers. direction is counter clockwise:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...I.kXaJQjO6ksEc




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Looking at it in Google Maps, you've got it. I've ridden that same route before and it's a good dirt road thru some beautiful aspen forests. There are a lot of roads that branch out, but to complete the loop you'll just stay on the main road that you have marked out.

A friend and & rode much of that a few years ago, here - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=616572

There are even GPS tracks from the ride. You'll love the ride thru North Beaver Mesa, down the Hideout Road and onto Onion Creek... one of my personal favorites.
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Thanks Greg.

I actually went over you're ride report. helped me made up my mind about changing to Tubliss before the trip..

As far as the route, I downloaded your gpx files, and you guys actually used a different road than the one I was planing on. you guys took Geyser creek rd, while I was thinking of taking 2 mile rd (which is to the east) thru geyser creek and deep creek . any thought on why you guys took the other way? better views? better road?

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Looking at it in Google Maps, you've got it. I've ridden that same route before and it's a good dirt road thru some beautiful aspen forests. There are a lot of roads that branch out, but to complete the loop you'll just stay on the main road that you have marked out.

A friend and & rode much of that a few years ago, here - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=616572

There are even GPS tracks from the ride. You'll love the ride thru North Beaver Mesa, down the Hideout Road and onto Onion Creek... one of my personal favorites.
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Basically, between the two yellow markers is Taylor Flat rd to Canopy Gap rd. No difficulty except for some deep gravel and sand in some areas. I've done it with my wife on a fully loaded 950 Adventure. Canopy Gap is a wide,well maintained , gravel road. Some turns are kind of tricky, so you may have to look at your map often to make sure you're on the right road.
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This is a good map of the area.




This one is free in kiosks along the road. Or at least it was a few years ago.




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Thanks Greg.

I actually went over you're ride report. helped me made up my mind about changing to Tubliss before the trip..

As far as the route, I downloaded your gpx files, and you guys actually used a different road than the one I was planing on. you guys took Geyser creek rd, while I was thinking of taking 2 mile rd (which is to the east) thru geyser creek and deep creek . any thought on why you guys took the other way? better views? better road?

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Cool! Funny that you have seen that ride report before, hope it helped! You'll be happy with the Tubliss, I just put it on another bike.

I don't know that there's much difference in the 2 roads, but I really enjoy riding Geyser Creek for the elevation and scenery. I don't remember what 2 Mile Rd looks like on the ground, so it's hard to say.
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Thanks for all the info and pictures guys. Any idea on how long will this loop take, assuming no problems along the way, for a couple of amatures on light bikes (250 and 450). I'm assuming it'll be a long day, but doable. Am I wrong?
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It depends on how early you start, how fast you ride and how many breaks you take.... probably be most of the day, but not a long day IMO.
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When does LaSalle pass usually open up in the spring?
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I tried to ride on Memorial Day once and got turned back at about 9k feet. I bet you're talking late June.
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