Colorado Springs to southern to mid Sierra

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  1. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Planning now underway for the second trip this year ( will do the Nova Scotia thing in Sept. ) Trailing from Asheville to the Colorado Springs area 1st week of June. Will ride through the southern Rockies and visit Moab/Arches and then on through Utah, Nevada and in to California. I will ultimatley end up camping with friends for a week at Burnney Falls and then a more northern loop back.
    Looking for any advice about routes, especially from Moab area to the Sierra. Alot of open and hot space out there but would still prefer to stay off any highways and take secondary roads everywhere.
    DL 1000 and mostly road on this trip but will not hesitate to take semi maintained dirt if route works to my favor.
    Thanks to all and ride safe
    J
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  2. jhax

    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Not to pick a nit, but California is a tall state. Are you planning on arriving in northern or southern CA?
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    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    As sated in original post I will end up at Burney Falls. That is in Northern Calif.
    I do not mind and will most likely enjoy riding up through the Sierra though
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    Hwy 6 from Utah through Nevada to California is wide open with zero traffic. You can jump on Hwy 6 at Green River and it finishes at Bishop on Hwy 395.
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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    If you are up for it you could do the Pony Express Route from SE of SLC until it intersects Hwy 50. Camping is required as is extra fuel.
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    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Yep, kinda of thinking that. Through Tonopah
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    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Ill take a look at the pony express route. I am camp
    ing equipped and carry an extra 1.75 rotopax
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  8. High Country Herb

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    Highway 12 past Bryce Canyon is an awesome ride.

    Once in California, either side of the Sierra has a lot to offer. 395 on the east is high desert with long views and cool side trips such as ghost towns and hot springs. 49 on the west side is twisty and forested, dotted with little gold rush towns with good eats. I highly recommend crossing more than one pass if you have the time. On the DL1000, I would recommend 120 and 108, then maybe taking 89 past Tahoe.

    What about the return trip? Down the Pacific Coast Highway maybe? There will be a fair amount of traffic in the summer, but if you haven't done it you should.
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    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Thanks Herd for the hwy 12 tip
    I have been on both 120 and 108 and may take them both agin this trip. I gre up in Calif and have been up and down the coast many times. I will leave Burney Falls and exit the state to the north in to Oregon and work my way through Idaho and Wyoming slowly working my way back down to where i started in southern Colorado
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    OK, got it.

    To expand on Hwy 12, the Burr Trail on the east end of it is pretty cool. It is a dirt road with switchbacks and stuff, so I don't know if that's what you're looking for on the big V-Strom.
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    I'll second the Pony Express Trail if you want dirt. However, the Hwy 12 route is also good but it is further south. If you followed Hwy 12 out to Cedar City, you could take Hwy 56 to Panaca and then Hwy 93 down to Hwy 375 at Crystal Springs. 375 will take you up to Hwy 6 through Tonopah to Bishop.
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