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Old 06-10-2015, 05:19 AM   #1
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Seeking advice about White Rim Road

Hello all

We're going to be in Moab in early July. What can you tell me about WRR?
We're experienced, decent riders on mid sized dual sports.

One day, or split into two?
Assuming no weather events, how long does it take?
How much sand are we talking about?
Temps?
Water available?

Thanks for any advice given


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Old 06-10-2015, 05:52 AM   #2
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One long day. Can't really split it in half without camping permits. Gonna be hot in July. At least a gallon of water each. Might be fun to do it at night if you have a moon. Not too much sand. Just a bit by the river. Mid size ds will be perfect. Make sure you have enough gas for about 200 miles.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:14 AM   #3
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Figure Hot and dry. Humidity will likely be sub 20%. Temps will be anywhere from 80's to 100+ and figure 90+ as the norm. (Was out in July one year and it was 114)

While this is not as miserable as 100 degrees and Humid, it drys you out fast, you lose moisture just breathing. So drink, drink, drink and drink some more. If you are not peeing a lot, you are not drinking enough.

The total mileage is somewhere around 120 miles if you take the different spurs out to overlooks etc...

Really, 80% of the trail is mostly rough dirt road with epic views. As noted above you need a camping permit if you are only doing 1/2 but it is one day ride for sure. No, there is no water available, really there is NOTHING available unless you mooch off a Jeeper or someone.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:18 AM   #4
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1- Bring lots of water
2- Bring everything you need to fix your bikes including tubes
3- have newish knobbies on your bike, you will likely ride through much sand
4- bring lots of water
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:30 AM   #5
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I agree with all of the above, and I'll add:

For me, it was the single best day of off-road riding I've had in many years.

Spectacular is understatement.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:36 AM   #6
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One long day. Can't really split it in half without camping permits. Gonna be hot in July. At least a gallon of water each. Might be fun to do it at night if you have a moon. Not too much sand. Just a bit by the river. Mid size ds will be perfect. Make sure you have enough gas for about 200 miles.
Did this just a couple of weeks ago. Nothing technical at all, massive views so figure on extra time for that. We went counterclockwise. You won't see many people out there so be self sufficient. We left the parking lot by the Canyonlands visitor center near Schafer Rd. at around 10am. One of our party was first time in the dirt on a rented KTM and we couldn't get him to stand on the pegs for the first 100 miles and we still got through, hooked and loaded up a trailer and were in Moab at the Brewery by 6:30. If I was going in July I would start before sunup and try to be outta there by noon or 1.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:39 AM   #7
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Did this just a couple of weeks ago. Nothing technical at all, massive views so figure on extra time for that. We went counterclockwise. You won't see many people out there so be self sufficient. We left the parking lot by the Canyonlands visitor center near Schafer Rd. at around 10am. One of our party was first time in the dirt on a rented KTM and we couldn't get him to stand on the pegs for the first 100 miles and we still got through, hooked and loaded up a trailer and were in Moab at the Brewery by 6:30. If I was going in July I would start before sunup and try to be outta there by noon or 1.
That summed it up for my day there too. I did it on a KTM, but could've on my concours. Matter of fact a guy with a rented lincoln SUV did it the day we did, he said he bought all the extra insurance

Simple but breathtaking scenery for this FL boy
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:32 AM   #8
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As far as how long it takes....the speed limit is technically 15 mph. So it should take you like 15 hours

You'll be stopping a lot to take pictures etc...figure an 6-8 hour day, less if you don't go tourist

As noted by others. This one is less about what you are riding, as it is where you are riding. You'll have Murphy's hogback which has some rocks and a small ledge, sand down at the river end and the switchbacks. All of which could probably be done in a Subaru outback.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:56 AM   #9
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I am in the support vehicle for these yahoo's. I am in a Dodge 2500 4x, extended cab and an 8' bed. How pa-f*cked am I going to be if I try this trail.
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Google "Murphys Hogback" there are a few youtube vids. That is the only "technical" portion on the trail. From the video posted from 2012, it looks like they may have graded it and removed the rock.

Last time I rode it (some years ago) there were plenty of rocks strewn on that climb.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:21 AM   #12
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you would need advanced camping reservations to spend the night out there so 1 day it is.

A great shortened run is out potash rd (along the river) > up jughandle/pucker pass rd > down the shafer trail (buy park pass here) > right on white rim trail at the bottom of shafer > stop at muselman acrh > down to the river at lathrop canyon > back up to the wrt > right on wrt > right to potash at the shafer trail jct > potash road to moab.

You will have seen most all the best sights (except for maybe the mineral bottom road, but dropping shafers is even better) and will have traveled up and down in elevation to the max.

also a stop a dead horse sp yields the best top of the world views in moab imo!
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I am in the support vehicle for these yahoo's. I am in a Dodge 2500 4x, extended cab and an 8' bed. How pa-f*cked am I going to be if I try this trail.
there is NO way you can do this in 1 day in a vehicle and thus you must have your camping in place already or get lucky. sag is only needed when doing the wrt on a bicycle. don't bother and just all of you do this ride on bike together.
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I am in the support vehicle for these yahoo's. .
That's Mr Yahoo...........

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