Canyonlands Adventure Ride 2013

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  1. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Chile Eater

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    My vid...got some new footage to post too.

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  2. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Lots of great info in this thread! Thanks for sharing. Great vids!
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  3. RideFreak

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    Thanks for postin that Geo. Good job on the vid.
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  4. AtomicGeo

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    Here's another:

    Flint Trail :clap


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  5. RideFreak

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    Once we all got passed Elephant Hill the route took us south towards Ruin Park & Beef Basin. It's a very scenic area but you'll work for the views. Not what I'd call big bike friendly. Bring plenty of water and a friend if you plan on riding this area :D

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    Ran into some traffic on the way.
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    Elephant hill is passable on a larger bike but the real obsticle is Bobby's Hole.
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    It's a moderately steep hill covered by loose rocks of all sizes. The jeeps tend to churn up this section to the point that it's soft sand and rocks, very loose and tough to follow a line up. The direction we took has you riding up the hill. The pictures don't begin to do this section justice.
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    Ben made it look easy :D
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    This is how the rest of us (who chose to ride up) made it.
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    Once we passed Bobby's Hill the group split up, half camped out in Ruin park. Hellsickle, Tha Rick Greybeard and Grizgirl met up with the gang who camped that night.
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    Ruin Park Campsite
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    The rest of us headed past Lands End and over the Abajo Mtns for a late night run into Blanding where we conned the only resturant in town into staying open. The ride through the Abajos was my favorite of the trip, it's a fast twisty dirt road through the alpine that follows along the western side of the Abajo range. Just off to the west is the Dark Canyon Wilderness area. The view into the DC drainage is very spectacular and worth this ride just to see it.

    By this time the sun was starting to go down and we had about 50 miles to Blanding so we turned it up a notch and headed toward town. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures or video of this section, I was too busy enjoying the ride. We ended up riding the last 30 miles in the dark but the hot showers and soft beds were worth it :evil

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    Total mi. for day 1: 157
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  6. AtomicGeo

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    Here's a new vid: Lockhart Basin :clap

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  7. RideFreak

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    Day 2's destination was a camp site near the base Temple Mountain in the San Rafael Swell, 180 miles away. Group 1, having spent the night in Ruin Park still had to ride over the Abajo Mountains to pick up Woodenshoe road.
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    The chili eaters, having ridden on into Blanding the night before only had to ride the dirt connector west of Blanding out to the start of Woodenshoe, about 25mi.

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    If you know where to look Woodenshoe passes some really scenic areas; Arch Canyon, Bears Ears Pass, Natural Bridges National Monument, Dark Canyon Wilderness, Jacob&#8217;s Chair and Cataract Canyon. The road eventually comes out at the entrance to Hite Marina, very convenient.

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    Woodenshoe is a great ride, semi graded dirt, easy to keep a good pace. Following a rain, all bets are off. We fueled up and got a drink at Hite.

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    Here's the Narrows, it's where the Colorado river dumps into Lake Powell. This pic was taken in May, normally a time of high volume, this year it's the lowest it's been since they first filled the lake. The boat ramps at Hite end 100s of feet from the water
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    Another picture from a wetter year.
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    The Narrows looking north toward Cataract Canyon.
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    While the rest of us were pounding dirt, Hellsickle and crew decided to loop down to Bullfrog Marina and across Lake Powell. They ran into a minor obsticle, with water levels at historical lows, the ferry can't dock properly.
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    Ride from Blanding out through Woodenshoe Road, past Hite Marina and through the Maze district of Canyonlands National Park. This video includes the Flint Trail Switchbacks.

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    The trail pics up just past the Colorado River bridge.

    The first 40 miles weaves in between the buttes and crossing the junction to the Dollhouse and Sunset Pass trails.

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    The sand wanted to reach out and grab ya if you weren't carefull.
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    We eventually came to the Red Cliffs. The trail gets a little rocky as it climbs the face.
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    The road follows the cliff line for awhile before heading to the top by way of the Flint Trail switchbacks.
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    Hans Flat Ranger station.
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    From that point is a long dusty ride (46mi) across the mesa to Hwy 95.
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  8. bomose

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    WOW! Black Bear is nothing compared to Elephant Hill.Makes me wish I hadn't sold my XRR
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  9. AtomicGeo

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    Nice vids Cris! My favorite was the wide open stretches before Hite Marina where one cold really open it up. :D

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  10. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    Great post Chris. Love your vids and pics.

    Here are some more shots of Bobby's Hole.

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  11. RideFreak

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    You caught me layin down on the job Elle :lol3. That was a pretty tiring hill.

    Thanks for posting those. I'll see ya at WF :clap
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  12. NSFW

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    wow...this thread just getting better.

    all nice vids and pics. than you atomic and chris.


    can't wait to ride those areas.
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  13. GJ650Rider

    GJ650Rider Slick Rock

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    Still enjoying the report (your's and George's Vids & Elle's photo's of Bobby's Hole). There's no doubt about it, Bobby's Hole is definately a challenge. When Ben, his brother and I did this trip last year, I made it about 3/4 of the way up before Ben had to take over for me. What are kids for anyway? And yes Chris, you're right. He made it look easy.

    Wish I could have been there with you guys. It's a great trip!! Maybe next time.
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  14. AtomicGeo

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    Thanks. Next time you have ride with us. :D
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  15. AtomicGeo

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    Another vid: :clap

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    Wow looks like a fantiastic trip. Thanks for posting the pics and videos.

    We are going to do the Elephant Hill/Bobby's Hole part in September. We might do it from the other direction though. I wasn't sure which bike to bring, but this might sway me to the 450 KTM.

    I guess this is the trip AKASY sent me your tracks for. Thanks.
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  17. AKASY

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    Those innocent looking little tracks--so simple on paper--so demanding on the trail:lol3
    If you do go the other direction you will have some steps going up the saddles to the top of Elephant Hill. You can see them in one of AtomicXRers videos--that I can't seem to find:norton
    Hey Atomic--where is that video where I'm off the bike standing at the top of that chute with the step going down and you pull up and go down it?
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  18. RideFreak

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    No problem.

    I think a 450 geared tall would be perfect, esp if you hotel it and skip the camping gear. If I did it again, I'd leave out of Moab, head north thru Gemini Bridges, jump over to Dubinke Well Rd. Do the ride backward (CCW) staying in Hanksville first night. In sept you can easily cross the Dirty Devil and come into CLNP through Gunsight Pass. That route would give ya plenty of fuel to do a side trip out to the Dollhouse or Maze overlook and still get to Hite. Shoot for Blanding that night. Next day ride ruin park, Bobby's Hole and Elephant hill headed north, it'd be much easier. That route would also skip the loong section from Goblin Valley out through Hans Flat.
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  19. RideFreak

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    Nice vid Geo, that part of the ride was really scenic, it was the only section that I wish I was riding the 300 :evil
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  20. AtomicGeo

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    Got your PM. :clap
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