Moab routes?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Rockies' started by winterhk, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. ilvecchio

    ilvecchio Been here awhile

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    The hill pictured is Murphy's Hogback and it is steeper than it looks. There are some rock steps near the top and that is probably what ate the GS's sump. On the other hand the views from the top of the Hogback are spectacular and it is a nice place to wait for help if the weather is good. Another somewhat technical hill is Hardscrabble. Both of these hills are downhill counterclockwise and uphill the other way. Except for these two hills, the trail is pretty easy. Depending on the weather, you could run into deep sand, especially around Potato Bottom, or mud. The scenery is classic "western movie" and well worth the trip IMHO. Hope you have a great time.
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  2. ilvecchio

    ilvecchio Been here awhile

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    The speed limit is 15 mph on the White Rim Trail and the total length is approx 100 miles, so that translates to about 7 hours. Many folks have done it in less time and, of course, your chances of being stopped are slim. I did talk with one group who were questioned by the ranger as they exited early in the afternoon. They admitted that they had done the entire trail and the ranger quickly figured out that there weren't enough hours of daylight for them to have followed the speed limit. IIRC, they were let off with a warning. If you decide to take it slowly, you won't be bored with the scenery.

    Having done part of the trail on my GSPD and completed the trip twice on a mountain bike, I will make my standard plea for being considerate of the mountain bikers you will probably encounter.
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  3. DAKARDINO

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    We did the WRT 2 springs ago at Easter time. We went clockwise and were 2 up on a DR650 and 2 up on a XR650L. The road at that time of year was mostly solid with only some bad sand at Potato bottom. The climbs were rocky but with no mishaps. It took us about 10 hrs. The scenery is out of sight, stop and enjoy the views.
    My wife and I were 60 at the time, so if you 650GSrs have any experience at all, you will have a blast. Good Luck
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  4. ThorH

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    Thanks for the good info. We will have a knobbies only, no noobs and no bragging to park rangers policy for this one. Hope they aren't GPS savvy...

    Revenge time, finally! :evil (A couple of months in any European city, and you'd understand...)
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  5. offroute

    offroute Been here awhile

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    Monte Wells at www.OTBPmaps.com has put together a very detailed set of maps that match up with GPX waypoint files. Pretty much covers all ATV, Jeep, dualsport routes in SE Utah. Also matches up with the Chuck Wells books. Waypoint files are all free. I don't know of a more comprehensive source for Utah.
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  6. ThorH

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    Thanks, it looks very good. But I couldn't find any free waypoint files, only with purchased maps? As each of the maps only covers a small area, it quickly adds up at $13 - 20 ea.

    Have you tried them, are they good? Which ones are best suited; the ATV trails maps or the Jeep trails maps? I would think they were mostly the same trails, how do they differ?
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  7. FatChance

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    It would be nice if they would reciprocate by occasionally pulling over or just going single file instead of riding in a group and blocking the whole trail.
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  8. offroute

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    The maps are very good and you'll probably make more use out of the Jeep ones than the ATV. They match up with the Chuck Wells books. Waypoint files can be accessed at www.GPXchange.com. Just use the Geofinder and zoom in on Moab area. Once you zoom in far enough you will see waypoint files by Monte Wells. Those are the ones you want.
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  9. Todd-Squad

    Todd-Squad See Ya, Bye.

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  10. Teeds

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    Dang, you beat me to it ... although I just found this thread.

    We followed a couple of mountain bikers for a few hundred yards and the guy on the LEFT should have yielded, but he didn't. He just kept riding along being a complete ass.

    I ride street bikes, mountain bikes, and motorcycles. There is always one or two in every crowd that is bound and determined to succumb to their passive agressive tendencies.

    It took us about 6~7 hours and we piddled. We rode clockwise and neither hill was difficult. There were spots that were bad and Hogback was long.

    The funny part was meeting the couple about half way up the hill who appeared to be on a day hike. We never saw an unattended vehicle, so they
    A) could fly
    B) had hidden their vehicle very well or
    C) are just now reaching the end of the trail after depending on the generosity of strangers for the entire trip.
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  11. Eurobiker

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    My much posted White Rim Trail Map, courtesy of the NPS. :D

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