Great Basin National Park

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by purplesage, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. purplesage

    purplesage Salvia Dorrii

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    Photos no longer supported, sorry. Thread deletion requested.
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  2. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Wish I had been there w/ you.

    You did good.
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  3. Pitster

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    I love the west desert, good stuff!!
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  4. rschopp

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    Good luck on your surgery and hope you are on the trails soon. Another great write up. The doctor recommends that you also do a write up on the Ely, NV area :D
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  5. Gunner45

    Gunner45 Out on the trail

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    Great RR as allways Sage!

    Nothing better than a few days off, a KLR and western Utah!:clap

    Good luck, we all hope you get feeling better.

    Gunner45
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  6. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    Thanks. Interesting. Love that country. Headed there next year. Do the Pony Express thing too. Probably use your stuff for planning. I've been there but not NEARLY enough. Love that SPACE.
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  7. Pitster

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    Sounds like a great route, have you figured the mileage and gas stops? Some of those western desert areas don't offer much for fuel.
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  8. dutchjohn

    dutchjohn Adventure Touring

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    I hope all go's well with your visit to the doctor! but I think in wells we should head further north to jarbidge and up to murphy hot springs and then over to luci LOL :roflwhat kinda gps you going for? take care, heal fast! dutchjohn
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  9. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    You're right. That's one of the dwindling areas that hasn't been over run with "growth" . Still much as it's always been. Finding places like that is why I dual sport ride. As remnant nature gets evermore 'remnant", it just makes riding what's left that more valuable & appreciated. That ride you are planning sounds GREAT. When is that Wheeler Peak area open in spring--backroads & stuff? Think I'll head down there early as possible. Thanks. Am sitting up here in snow,not enough to ski. Your report's making me drool.love it.
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  10. quota

    quota Been here awhile

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    Great stuff. I've been everywhere that you posted a photo of, except for the road to Lexington Arch. Great Basin NP is my favorite park. Probably because of the lack of people. Great spring skiing/snowboarding there as well.

    Terry at the SilverJack is an excellent host. Every May, I go to the Italian motorcycle get together that he hosts (plenty of other bikes there as well). Very unique place. Amazing selection of beverages for a place in a town of probably under 50 people.

    Get better soon!
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  11. scarysharkface

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    Beautiful. I was *this close* in September but ran out of time to look around. Now I have an excuse to go back.

    John
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  12. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    NIce ride-----I didn't think anybody mentioned it in this thread---but the TAT (Trans America Trail) goes right thru this area. I remember we rode up to Wheeler Peak just for the heck of it when we rode it.

    Thanks !!

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  13. lytle1gw

    lytle1gw oldguy

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    Very nice report and great pics, keep up the good work for us that can't get there.
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  14. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    Thanks again for the info. I live a few 100 miles north of you--very little snow here also. No ride, no ski. BLAH! Any sources of info on snow conditions in the spring in Great Basin? I've had bad luck with the feds getting reliable info on snow. I'd like to ride all that as early in spring as possible. Maybe head down thru City of Rocks area(Idaho) to Promontory,Utah, then down to Baker,Nev. Maybe spend a couple weeks just exploring areas you mentioned. Thanks for the ride reports. I GOTTA do'em. Hernia? Had'em myself. Last one, I got out of the hospital and promptly went bird hunting in S Dakota. You'll be fine.
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  15. RedRockRider

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    Great write-up and pics, as always. Really like your style of riding. Lots of great little state parks in Nevada south of Great Basin if you ever wanted to make a loop far to the south. Best wishes! :thumb
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  16. dirtrider5001

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    Great pictures!! tell me u flew up some of those hills! Thats what i dreamed of doing when i was there. Its a really beautiful place, The basin area really is an offroaders dream... i lived there against my will for a cuple of months lol seriously, about 150 miles away from salt lake city i believe, (or thats what they told me) Nothin much in that area really exept for indian reservations, and dont let them catch u lol. Its nice there in the summer but gets very cold in the winter, an icy snowy desert it becomes.
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  17. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    THANKS for the links. I'll keep those. I should go down there & ski. A WEIRD,snowless winter up here(Idaho). I plan to haunt that area this summer. I always liked it but never really explored the backcountry there. Thanks for the motivation. Winter's a great time for a motocycle guy to have a hernia. They'll fix you up fast. They did me--twice. Good luck. You won't need it.
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  18. wbbnm

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    Looks a great ride and great pictures. We went thru there on the TAT a few years ago, but we were too focused on getting to Oregon to stop and smell the flowers. Looks like a good place to go spend a few days like you did.

    We stayed in downtown Baker and had a good time. We actually got in early and spent the latter part of the afternoon drinking beer with a couple from Denmark. We ran into them again the next night in Eureka.
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  19. PersonaNonGrata

    PersonaNonGrata Needless Dickerer

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    Great pics, great riding, thanks for sharing. :clap
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  20. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    Hay Purplesage,thanks. I might just email you before I head to the Great Basin. Maybe you can come along for a spell. Be a blast. Thanks for this thread. I will be there,maybe for quite a while. Am planning some neat rides up here too,in Mont & Idaho. Get the urge,come on up.
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