Endless Utah

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Signal, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Today, some Arches NP....

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    Petrified Dunes

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    Balancing Rock (one of many in reality)
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  2. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    For today-

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    The Vermillion cliffs, south of Kanab

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    Up over the plateau, into the pines (snow still around, early May this year)

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    Brings us to today's destination (Yea, I know its in Arizona, but the route to the North Rim just down Hwy 89 :dunno south of Kanab about an hour)

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    Really is beautiful- though this day was a bit hazy (south winds blow pollution in from Vegas/So Cal :becca )

    Love the North Rim- Gotta stay in the cabins some day
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  3. UT Rider

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    You didn't stop and peer over the edge and take a picture? I don't remember what side this is from. But to give everyone an idea. GPS at the top of the road compared to the canyon below (Calf Creek campground) is over 1,000 foot difference.

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    That's from the little pull-out I think you took lthe winding raod pic from looking over the edge to the west :)
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  4. Signal

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    I assume you're talking about east on Hwy 89 Alt from Jacob's Lake turn off- really is a beautiful high desert ride. Accross Marble canyon- Then north at bitter springs to Page and the dam....great ride

    I'm not sure if I have any (digital) pics- obviously been too long
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  5. enduro0125

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    That picture is awesome. :thumb

    Just got home Thursday from Moab

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  6. UT Rider

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    Okay okay okay

    You did highway 12 and didn't venture out on the burr trail? Your fired. Just kidding. This is from were the pavement ends east of Boulder looking out toward lake powel.

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  7. Signal

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    Didn't take the trail last visit- it is a lot of grins (when dry)- big bike solo (I really suck in mud)

    I love the idea that it accesses parts of Capitol Reef that are remote- many color changes in just a few miles
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    Thanks

    It wasn't planned (at first)- I'd just sat down near the rim to rest and take it in (all the french and german's were on the benches)- I was snapping a few pics adn thought it might look cool to hang the boots on the edge, so I scooted up and lined up a couple shots

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  9. Signal

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    Back to Bryce :clap "One hell of a place to loose a cow, " Ebeneezer Bryce, early pioneer

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    Signal circa 2005

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    Out away from the ampitheatre, toward bryce point

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    Looking back toward the Sunset area

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    Tropic down to the east. Love how the pines creep up the valley floor

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    Looking across the ampitheatre- north to south :thumbup
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  10. Signal

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    Had today off (of paid work at least)- scooted up over a couple local passes to see what color was left

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    Over North Ogden Pass

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    BAck side of the pass

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    The Shooting Star Saloon- the oldest bar in Utah :gerg - In Huntsville. Makes an excellent hamburger (really) and boasts a very impressive silver dollar collection

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    Up SR 39

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    Right turn to Causey Dam (earthen dam middle distance)

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    Looking down at a fairly dry reservior

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    A very nice Boy Scout camp at the end of the twisty packed dirt (really washboarded by this time of year)

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    Another shot of Camp Kiesel

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    Back up the gravel for a few clicks, fuel and home :wave
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    Continued from yesterday's ride--

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    Just passed Huntsville, nipps Cache Natl Forest

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    Just in case you'd forgotten who was at the helm

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    Heading up Trappers Loop (Snowbasin in the distance)-- a great sweeper- turn climb up the 5 miles to the top, very pleased for the passing lane :clap, 'cause man you can fly up this one

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    Snowbasin Ski Resort (home of the 2002 olympic downhill)

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    Same summit, looking northeast toward Morgan...the morning haze (and south wind kicking up some dust) limited the view some, but the 3rd mountain range in the distance is over 100 miles away

    Again thanks for watching and your comments/contributions :thumbup
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  12. Signal

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    3300 views- thanks :wave - esp for the comments as well


    Scrolling back trough, I think we're a bit light on Dead Horse Point

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    Two more

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  14. Rob.G

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    Where exactly are those last few photos from? That looks a lot like the Grand Canyon.

    Rob
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    Dead Horse point, a Utah state park, located (just 15 miles or so as the crow flies) SW of Moab, and a couple miles north of Island in the Sky region of Canyonlands NAtl Park (along the same road- SR 313)


    It does have a Grand Canyon feel, but much smaller (you can easliy see the bottom- note the Schaffer Trail dirt road in a couple of the pics adn frequently can see day trippin boats running the Colorado)
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    Oh cool... we'll be in that area next May if we do our trip as planned.

    Yeah I saw the trail -- is that a rideable trail??

    I'm trying to plan up the fourteen-day trip from Reno to Moab and back and hit high points along the way, but not so many that all we see is a glimpse of each. Trying to refine it down to some, and then it gives us reason for another trip a year later. :)

    After Moab, we plan to head south to Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, and eventually the North Rim area, but seeing this, I know I need to add it to the to-do list.

    Rob
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    Really easy to get to Deadhorse/Canyonlands (north) in about 30 minutes from Moab (nice after dinner ride)
    -north out of Moab on Hwy 191 about 7 miles
    -Left (west) onto SR 313 for about 13 miles or so as the road winds up teh plateau...
    -Left onto SR313 toward deadhorse, or straight 4 miles (on what is now Neck Road) into Canyonlands, both require an entrance fee


    The Schaffer trail IS a great ride, but bike must be plated to pass into the state/national park stuff- like many trails in Moab, conditions vary quickly. This trail is trypically one onf the easier ones (and views are wonderful) though has a few tricky spots (esp for a big bike).
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    Cool, that'll be a nice ride. Sounds kinda like Gemini Bridges in terms of difficulty. On quads that ride is a cake walk, on a bike maybe a little more work given some sand.

    Should be a nice ride on my DR650.

    Rob
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  19. Signal

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    :nod

    Okay Rob- Dug out one more pic from Deadhorse that shows the Schaffer trail comming in from the north (off Potash Road that branches west as you cross the Colorado river, just north of Moab)- This one was mislabeled and I missed it the first time (had it labeled as Canyonlands- pretty similar actually)

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    The blue "lakes" are drying ponds from the underground potash mine, and are really quite beautiful as a contrast to the red rocks. The trail is visible in the right lower quadrant. The La Sal Mountains are looming way back there
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    You have me lamenting the poor use I made of time while living out west (work, work, work).

    I need to get out there again someday. Thanks for the great photos. :thumb
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