Riding there is worth 1,000 pictures (SE Utah)

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  1. ejtv

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    Father/son trip to SE Utah.

    Day 1 & 2:

    Departing from Baton Rouge:

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    Arriving at Bluff, Utah:

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    Day 3: Bluff to somewhere along the Burr Trail:

    Breakfast at Twin Rocks Cafe (Bluff):


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    Bluff to Buttler Wash Road (runs north-south from 163 to 95):


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    On our way from Buttler Wash to Halls Crossing (via 95 and 276):

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    Paying Glen Canyon entrance fee at Halls Crossing; Lake Powell in the distance:

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    We had time for pizza and beer at the Halls Crossing Marina. Here we are waiting for the John Atlantic Burr Ferry to Bullfrog Marina:

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    We used MX boots for the first time on this our 3rd annual father/son off road trip...traded price and initial lack of comfort for peace of mind...well worth it.
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    Past Bullfrog, still on 276, on our way to Burr Trail:

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    Burr Trail was used in the late 1800's as a cow path to move cattle to market:

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    Had been raining...so the road was closed to traffic...except motorcycles...

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    Best of Day: Burr switchbacks over Waterpocket Fold: 1,500 feet in about a mile:

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    Afternoon rain was the story the first couple of days...looking for a place to camp somewhere on our way to Boulder:

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    Not a soul in miles around the campsite on a side road off of the Burr Trail, south of "The Lampstand" in an area called "The Flats":

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    Dinner and end of Day 3:

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    More of the trip tomorrow...
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  2. NOTAR_520

    NOTAR_520 Been here awhile

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    ROCK ON

    Thanks for sharing, and can't wait for more of the story and Images.

    :)
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  3. ejtv

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    Sunrise at The Flats (off Burr Trail, UTAH):

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    Preparing the breakfast of champions:

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    Somewhere along the Burr Trail on our way to Boulder:

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    One of our favorite signs:

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    Burr Trail is inside the canyon between the bikes:

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    Almost to Boulder:
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    Boulder Mesa pit stop felt like Colorado or the Alps:

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  4. ejtv

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    Meet the Desert Doctor on his way to rescue another rider on the Burr Trail.
    [​IMG]You You all know by now he has the only motorcycle shop in 200 miles in the town of Escalante on 12. We met him at the Boulder Mesa Restaurant. Visit to his shop well worth it even if you don't need a repair. Really nice guy. Gave us a map, tips, things to do in the area, etc. and his card, with GPS coordinates and all...

    On 12 with the Escalante River below:

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    Finally, destination for the next several days: Hole in the Rock road...

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    Our plan was to explore and hike several of the canyons there...

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    We raced the storm all the way to our first stop, the Dry Fork of the Coyote Gulch.

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    This is after the storm passed:

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    Before that, we had packed our backpacks, hiked down the canyon and it rained, hailed and the Dry Fork had so much water we decided to hike out of the canyon and back up to the trailhead. By the time we set up the tent, it stopped raining...So we went back down to the canyon:

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    It was a lot scarier with rain and hail...

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    Here's one of the slot canyons, Spooky or Peekaboo, we think:

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  5. Colorado970

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    Awesome! I used to work at Lake Powell (Bullfrog Marina) back in the 80's...I sure do miss it..

    Keep the pictures coming!! and yea..I'm jealous of your trip!

    -Erik
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    Next day we packed up and rode to Hole in the Rock. Fantastic dirt road, scenary, etc. Easy for expert standard, but just the right amount of fun and variety for us.

    Loose rock...

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    Sand:

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    Even some slickrock...

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    Yeah, yeah, you've heard it before, it is steeper than it looks in the picture, etc....
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    So there it is, Hole in the Rock with Lake Powell 2,000 feet below:

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    plenty of parking:

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    Now, how in the hell did 200 Mormon men and women, 50 children, 200 horses, 1,000 head of cattle and 80 wagons traveled from Escalante in November 1879 to this place, and hammered their way through the rock to form the "hole", descended to the Colorado River, portaged across and founded the town of Bluff miles and miles away?

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    The feat is beyond comprehension once you ride from Bluff and hike to the river.

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    Note the steps carved on the rock:

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    Editorial: all I can say is that these are sad days for the US. While we were hiking this remarkable trail, the US government bailed out General Motors. These mormons of 130 years ago weren't waiting for their Social Security checks, their Medicare cards, state education for their children, a bailout from Salt Lake City elders, let alone Washington DC. They didn't ask the Fed's Department of the Interior for a permit to blast through the damn rock, they didn't beg for workers comp, they weren't waiting for healthcare reform, they didn't have food stamps or Medicaid, they didn't ask FEMA for help...They relied on themselves, exclusively. We've become a nation of sheep and sissies begging for government handouts...


    Enough complaining...The plunge in Lake Powell was priceless...


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    Fresh filtered water for the next day:
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    After the hike up, more rain on the way so we camped near Hole in the Rock:

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    And took a little hike at dusk...

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    The plan was to get to Lewellan Gulch and return to camp:

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    Here's the start of Lewellan or one of its tributary canyons:

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    After that, things really took a bad turn, we miscalculated the amount of time we'd been hiking and night came very quickly...without being able to see distant mountains to triangulate our way back and without lights or GPS (dumb, dumb, dumb) we lost our bearings. If yo've never been lost ( I hadn't), it is true, you walk around in circles...By midnight, with temperatures dropping, and with what seemed to be some pretty steep drops toward Lake Powell, we decided to call it quits and bivoac on the slickrock behind some steep rocks for protection from the wind until sunrise...The night was beautiful and terrifying, windy, cloudless, tons of shooting stars, the Milkyway, etc...but none could be enjoyed since we were freezing our behinds. We couldn't really sleep. We both prayed a lot....
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  7. salute

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    Great trip. Riding in southern Utah is one thing everyone should experience. :clap
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  8. DrDye

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    Going to be there in a few weeks, please keep the pics coming! Great job!
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  9. boyfester

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    Wow! That is almost an exact copy of the trip I did a couple of years ago with my son and daughter but in a Honda Pilot (Comb Ridge, Burr Trail, Escalante, Dinosaur Tracks along Hole in the Rock Road, Egypt). We didn't go all the way to see Hole in the Rock though. I think we even camped at the same place you did on top of Waterpocket Fold. Was the place labeled on the map as a picnic area only? That was the case for us but we spent the night as Lake Powell was +100 degF. At that camp spot it was like +70 degF. Perfect! I don't want to hijack your thread but here are some pix from our trip.

    Muddy cave bottom outside of Escalante, UT

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    The same arch in your shot along the Burr Trail

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    Along Burr Trail with Lake Powell in distance

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    Kayaking in Lake Powell

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    Approaching Boulder Mesa, UT

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    Now how am I going to get across?

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    The last day in Utah we stopped at the visitor center in Escalante and watched a short movie. My daughter was wiped out.

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  10. koa925

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    Great ride and photo's , :clap :clap do you have a map of your route ? I'd like to make this ride along with my son, doable on v stroms ? we are both A enduro riders , thanks for the info. senior stromer
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  11. eakins

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    i think your picture is the main dry wash of coyote.
    after you decended down, this is the canyon upstream (to the left when entering down in)
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    this is what peakaboo & spooky look like. much tighter.
    did you hike down the main wash (to the right) and go around the bend (to the left) to find these?
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    do you remeber entering this slot (straight in looking)?
    my wife named it vagina slot.
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    we camped straight back from it:
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    it was well matched with dick rock that we camped near in kodachrome basin (below bryce)
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    you stop at devil garden on hole in the rock?
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    we hoped to make it to powel, but it was too nastey. love those pics!

    you see calf creek camp ground on 12?
    this is what is at the end of the hike from the creek.
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  12. red1100cc

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    that looks like the trip of a lifetime! with your son even. that had too be soo cool! thank you very much for posting this trip report. i gotta go see these places for myself! you sir, have inspired me to "go there, and do that." thanks again.:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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    :clap Great ride report....I was recently there myself....... more pictures please!
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    Loving this report,Utah is a beautiful place,thanks for sharing :thumb
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    Thank you for the RR. Great report. I love that area, and have been through there many times. I do wonder??? All the sand, water, mud, gravel etc. you obviously know how to ride. Good bikes, roadable too...why the trailer?
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  16. BigX

    BigX n00b - Yeah, right

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    Have you got GPS tracks for this? :ear
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    Beautiful place and nice photo :clap:lurk
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    1) Why the trailer? 24 hour drive from Baton Rouge was better in a car than on the bikes, especially because we wanted knobbies for the off road sections.
    2) GPS track: yes I have it and will post it soon.
    3) No we're not expert riders. We chose mostly easy roads. There are tons and tons of roads in the area for all sorts of riding level.
    4) V-stroms will be fine. Only caution is that if it is wet and muddy, knobbies are essential. Be prepared to camp out if necessary.
    5) Dry Fork: evidently we missed Peekaboo and Spooky and we "simply" hiked up the main wash. Bummer. We did look and look for the other slot canyons to no avail. One more excuse to go again. "Vagina slot" had her period when we were there, with a very deep pool at the entrance and water rushing down...We couldn't camp in the gulch because there was so much water, the rain was so heavy and our knowledge of the area so sparse that we got concerned about flooding so we chickened out.
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    After sunrise we got out of our T-Shirt bivoac, got our bearings back and to our surprised, we were pretty close to the tents. All it took was a 15 walk around some small hills to get to our tent. We agreed that we would never again complain about tents and sleeping bags, which felt like a room at the Ritz Carlton after a bivouac...a 2 hour nap ensued and we were ready to go to Coyote Gulch, 20 miles up the road.

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    Plan was to pack up for two nights inside Coyote Gulch.

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    After a 10 mile hike from the Red Well trailhead we decided to call it a night and rest since we were wiped from the night before.
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    Before nightfall we filtered two gallons of water, made dinner and went to sleep for 14 hours.
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    Sunrise (or sunset, dont recall):

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    In the AM we attempted to filter more water from the silty Coyote Gulch and the filter clogged. Now we were in a pickle. We had about 1/3 gallon of water left...we decided to hike down for a couple of miles and then go back to the motorcycles...

    Jacob Hamblin Arch. He settled much of South Utah and was considered a broker between natives and mormons:

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    Just past the arch, we luckly met an experienced Coyote Gulch hiker who told us there was cool clean fresh spring water around the corner. Indeed there was, coming down from one of the canyon walls under some ferns we had missed. This water extended our trip two full days. So in case you're in the area, now you know there is drinking water....All the reading we did on the net didn't mention it.

    Naturally matching potty seats, holes and all...

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    I came out sandier than when I entered...but it was refreshing:

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    Coyote Natural Bridge:

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    Crappy picture. Difficult to capture the gigantic dimension of this natural acoustic shell carved by water...almost a cave. I'm the white speck at the bottom, under some of the trees. When you look up, all you see is a semicircle of rock engulfing you and the sky. The water carves a huge "U" into the canyon wall, maybe 300 feet wide, 500 feet high and 100 feet deep. One of those had to be there moments that pictures simply cannot do justice.



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    We hiked almost all the way down to the confluence of the Escalante River, about 6 miles but decided to call it quits as soon as we were hungry enough for lunch. We napped for a few minutes and then hiked back to camp in time for dinner.

    We saw petroglyphs, primitive dwellings built on the canyon walls, bridges, arches, incredible camping spots, side canyons to explore, and very very few people. You can easily spend a week inside Coyote Gulch and never be bored. This hike is highly highly recommended.
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