Blanding to Hite via Dark Canyon

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by DCZ, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. exjeeper

    exjeeper my shit's a mess...

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    The road over the Blues was actually pretty good. And the scenery was fantastic!
    Lots of reds, which is not all that common around here...

    Also saw the canyon with the growth of (Blue?)Spruce trees. Pretty cool!

    I never realized the trails were so plentiful on the Blues. And, like you, I found more roads
    I would love to explore.
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  2. DCZ

    DCZ Been here awhile

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    Looking at the snow up there we might have to wait a few days
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  3. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    From Woodenshoe to Hite, did you take this road?

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    Would love to have a GPS track around Dark Canyon if'n yer sharin' :evil
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  4. DCZ

    DCZ Been here awhile

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    Yep - that looks like a place along the way - before getting into about 20 miles of red shale roads with hidden corners and washouts!

    That was my first plan for this ride but the Colorado River Canyon kept getting in the way.

    Thanks for the pic!

    Rick
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  5. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Been here awhile

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    Great report... I was at Lake Powell last week and always think of the many land adventures in the area... Someday I'll leave the boat at home and do some ground touring...
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  6. DCZ

    DCZ Been here awhile

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    Thanks mefyj - I've been to Powell every year since '64 - back in those days it was an adventure every trip!

    Have a ride report on here from last winter - Red Canyon and Clay Hills Crossing - doing the Mormon trail this winter.

    The ground touring is great! Nice connect to the water based adventures - San Juan exploring is next!

    Rick
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  7. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Great report DCZ! Dark Canyon is an amazing looking place from the little I can see from the paved road. I've wanted to ride through there on a DS ever since I first saw it. I've ridden at ether end of this, Comb Ridge area and The Maze in CL. The old Dugway through Comb ridge lends a whole new prespective to the area with a little pucker thrown in.:lol3

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qf0HExw1MMQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Next summer I'm hoping to get back there for a ride I've had planned now for awhile. Starts in Bluff, up Butler Wash, crossover 95 & pickup woodenshoe. From there taking DCZ's route through Dark Can, at Hite I'd pick up the main trail north into CL onto the Flint Tr. coming out onto Hwy24 at Hans Flats.
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  8. Greg@RME

    Greg@RME Mis-Adventurer

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    Excellent report, I've always wanted to see Dark Canyon but keep getting sidetracked when I'm in that area.
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  9. DCZ

    DCZ Been here awhile

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    Thanks RideFreak - your movie really captures the essence of the old Comb Ridge road - narrow and a long ways down! The wrecks at the bottom are a testament to the result of a mistake made on that section of road.

    Your planned route was in the plans for this ride but we wound up having but one day to ride - so many places - so little time!

    Rick
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  10. DCZ

    DCZ Been here awhile

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    Thanks Greg - Dark Canyon is a good place to get sidetracked into. The motorized access into a wilderness is a great feature - should be incorporated into more wilderness designations.

    Rick
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  11. RideFreak

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    I was thinking 1 day from bluff to Hite, another day riding through CLNP with a stop at the Dollhouse and at the Maze, ending up at Hanksville for the night.
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  12. DCZ

    DCZ Been here awhile

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    I like how you think!
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