Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by RedRockRider, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Open invite for ride to Toroweap. Thursday, April 4th. Leaving St. George 10 am. Route: Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse, Toroweap, return via Colorado City. Need 180-200 mile range. Easy dirt, most of it fast and smooth. :D

    Post up or pm if interested. :ear

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    Overdue pics and write-up from ride on AZ Strip to Whitney Pockets about a week ago.

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    - Start at River Road exit from new Southern Parkway. Follow dirt south to Wolf Hole. Pics start here.
    - Follow Route #101 all the way to Whitney Pass and Whitney Pockets. Good dirt the whole way.
    - Connect with paved Gold Butte Road and return to Mesquite.

    Mileage to Mesquite was just over 100. The might TW hit reserve just as I was approaching Mesquite.


    Another great map. Easy to carry. The National Park Service / Bureau of Land Management map. Pick one up at the BLM office in St. George on River Road.

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    The road numbers on this map correspond with the signs you actually see out the in the real world. Not as much detail, but still a very useful little map. :D

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    On the the pics. First stop was the main intersection in Wolf Hole. Fast dirt to this point. Already about 30 miles from St. George. Mount Trumbull School house and Toroweap are straight ahead. Turn right for Route #101.

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    Caught a glimpse of this big white bird from the distance. Thought to take a closer look. Appears as if my fellow Utards have been out with the guns. No chance for this bird. :lol3

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    One quick turn and you are on Rt. #101. Lots of recent maintenance. Road in good condition the entire way.

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    Follow the signs to Whitney Pass. :deal

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    Dirt airstrip in the middle of nowhere. Used for reconnaissance aircraft for firefighters.

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    Entering Grand Canyon - Parashant National Monument.

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    Road equipment in burn area near Hobble Canyon. This fire was a fairly big one from a year ago.

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    This is all Arizona. We left Utah back at the River Road exit. Enter Nevada near Whitney Pass.

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    More bicycle warning signs. :rofl Is this really necessary? After 50+ miles of dirt road and a dozen cattle gates, do we need more caution signs??? Never saw a cyclist on this part of the Strip before.

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    In the heart of the Hobble Canyon Fire burn.

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    Crossed one small seasonal stream, running quite clear. Pocum wash area. Water / snowmelt coming from Black Rock Mountain. This will dry up soon. Most of the year there is zero water on the Strip.

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    Obligatory photo of Mud Mountain with sign. Road runs in low spot here. Quite sandy and spots would be very, very muddy if any rain. This is the type of mud that would stop you. :evil

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    Dropping some elevation and the plants are changing a bit. Getting more desert like.

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    Typical stretch of sand. Fat rear tire of TW is a sand machine!

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    Full pond at Jacobs Well. Pretty spot. Classic fence!

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    Official sign is on the other side, on the road descending from Black Rock Mountain.

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    Open tank at Jacobs Well.

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    On a short side road.

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    More desert plants.

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    Looking south down Cottonwood Wash toward Pakoon Basin.

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    The Brumley Well right on the road in Cottonwood Wash. Well was damaged and road was somewhat washed out about a year ago. All tuned up now.

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    Piping has been reburied and anchored with line of rocks.

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    Tank is full. But I wouldn't want to drink it unless very thirsty.

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    Four-way intersection. Left is my route, #101 to Whitney Pass. Straight is over Lime Kiln Pass and direct descent to Mesquite. This road is now in good condition. Right is connection to Black Rock Mountain. Haven't done this road yet. Rt. #1041 on the BLM map.

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    Still on Rt. #101. Great afternoon light.

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    Cool old house just before Whitney Pass.

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    Let's look around. Here's the living room. :D

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    Kitchen. Kind of trashed. :puke1

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    More kitchen carnage. Almost looks like the fridge from my college dorm room . . . :lol3

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    Bedroom. :eek1

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    Getting worse.

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    Hanging out back out front. Chair was quite comfortable. :D

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    Nice view of the bike while I had a drink.

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    Quick look around outside . . . pond adjacent to house.

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    Some cool rocks. These people picked a nice place for their house. :clap

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    Looks like the boys have been out with their weaponry.

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    Either a root cellar or a bomb shelter. Check it out.

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    Inside . . . looks like it was a root cellar.

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    Location of the outhouse . . . :arg Best to keep a safe distance. Don't want any mishaps. Would be a very bad place to hit the SPOT and have to wait for help.

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    Outdoor office. I could work here. :wink:

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    Another target.

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    Final pic of the homestead. Very fun to poke around these places. Probably lots of good time were had here. Looks like it was a mountain retreat about 50 years ago.

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    Starting to see some neat rock formations.

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    Gaining some elevation on the approach to Whitney Pass. Lots of big views back south and east across the AZ Strip.

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    Looking south towards the Grand Wash Cliffs.

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    Leaving AZ and entering Nevada.

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    Glamour shot of the TW on top of Whitney Pass. Carried extra gas but didn't end up needing it.

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    Looking directly at Virgin Peak from Whitney Pass.

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    Desert plants looking west.

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    The Overton Arm of Lake Mead in the distance.

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    Quite a few little side trails around Whitney Pass. Mostly short dead-ends to scenic overlooks.

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    Down in Whitney Pockets. Fantastic rocks. Great color. Lots of informal camping in this area. Easily accessible by truck, car, or moto from Mesquite via the Gold Butte Road. Good staging area for day rides deep onto the AZ Strip. No water. Not much of anything.

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    Small dam (dry) in narrow canyon.

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    Multi-colored rock.

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    Interesting place. Worth a visit.

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    From here it is pavement back to Riverside, NV then on "big" roads to Mesquite. Gold Butte is further south on dirt.

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    Last pic leaving Whitney Pocket area.

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    Thanks for riding along. And thanks for all the positive comments and PMs. Appreciate the votes.

    Post up or PM if interested in Toroweap ride on Thursday, April 4th. Ride safe out there!
  2. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Boy, that looked like a really good ride on the TW. I suppose I could google it, but the Hobble Canyon Fire burn looked fairly recent. Fire destruction is pretty impressive.
  3. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I have got to own a TW at some point in my riding career. They look like a blast. :D My brother had one for a while. He still regrets selling it. :cry
  4. RedRockRider

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    Open invite to inmates and lurkers. Dual sport ride to Toroweap, Thursday, April 4th.

    Meet at gas station in front of Bloomington Walmart at 9:45 am.

    Or meet at River Road exit off the new Southern Parkway at 10 am.


    Pics of the USA gas station in front of the Bloomington Walmart -- 9:45 am.

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    Pics at the River Road Exit -- 10 am. This is the start of dirt, right on the UT / AZ border.

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    Route is Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse, Toroweap, return via Colorado City. Mostly fast smooth dirt. Any dual sport bike fine. No road bikes. Bring food and water. Ride will take most of day. 180-200 mile range necessary. :deal

    Post up or pm if interested. :ear
  5. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    Like to join up, always wanted to do that area. Gearing up for trip to Moab for a month leaving the 10th, maybe next time, have fun.
  6. fly2hi96

    fly2hi96 Adventurer

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    RRR,

    Would a Vstom 650 be ok for this ride (it's setup with a knobby on the front and dual sport tire on the rear)?

    I just moved to St. George about 6 weeks ago and haven't explored much on the motorcycle yet and would love to do this ride. I've explored a bit at the end of Navajo drive but that's it so far.

    Also I want to thank you for this thread. This is the best resource for rides in SW Utah that I've found. :thumb

    Thanks
    Dave
  7. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    V-strom with knobbies should be fine. 95% of the road to Toroweap is smooth gravel/dirt. Some double track and a few rock ledges (small) near the overlook, also 1-2 silt beds. If you go slowly where prudent you won't have any issues.

    Post #92 near the top of Page 7 has Toroweap pics, but none of the 1 or 2 bumpier sections.

    The V-strom will be ideal for the fast stretches and the slab from Colorado City back to St. George.

    If you have gone even a few miles past the end of Navajo Drive then you've been on worse roads than almost all of the Toroweap ride.

    Worst case scenario, you can always stop or turn-around. :lol3

    Hope you can make it. Oh, and welcome to St. G. :D
  8. fly2hi96

    fly2hi96 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the info and unless something comes up at work I am going to go. :clap
  9. RedRockRider

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    Was up at Brian Head for probably the last winter weekend of the year. Some skiing. No more time out on the sleds. Too much mud on the trails through town. Great weather. Had the chance to take out the Vulcan 900. It spent the winter at Brian Head so I haven't had the chance to ride it much in the last 4-5 months. Felt good. :D

    Here's the beast up at the road going in to the main part of Cedar Breaks. This won't be opened up for another 2 months.

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    Still up high, 9000 ft, heading down towards Panguitch Lake. Great, great motorcycle road. Pavement is 100% dry and clear. :clap

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    The bulk of Panguitch Lake is still frozen . . . lots of ice fishing here in the winter.

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    But lots of melt around the edges. Definitely not safe to be on the ice! :deal

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    Desert rocks and lichen at the shoreline. There is a nice little paved road that circumnavigates the lake.

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    All the snow is gone from the open country, especially slopes facing south and west.

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    At the shoreline. Reminds me of Alaska.

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    Vulcan on the boat launch ramp on the far side of the lake.

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    Lots of melt-off!

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    Last pic of the lake.

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    Great roads heading back up the hill. :wink:

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    Although it was a nice warm afternoon, it still feels like winter at Cedar Breaks.

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    One Cedar Breaks view point is accessible by motorbike.

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    Looking back at the Vulcan and Brian Head Peak. The poles are to mark the road for snowplows.

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    Stopped by the Kolob Canyons section of Zion while returning to St. George. Beautiful red rock cliffs make sharp contrast with snow and white from Brian Head.

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    Open invite to Toroweap Ride. Thursday, April 4th. Details above.
  10. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Been here awhile

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    Panguich Lake looks a li'l different than it did when I visited that area in August.
    Thanks for the report and Pix :clap
  11. Deadweight

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    I get Thursdays off from work, so I should be able to go with you guys. I'll be on my trusty DR650

    How many riders are you expecting for Thursday?
  12. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Sounds great, Deadweight. :clap We should be 4-5 riders. Never can tell for sure with a few of these inmates. All good. :lol3 Meeting one rider at Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse about noon. I'll be on my WRR at 10 am at the River Road exit.

    Heads-up to any inmates & lurkers. Ride to Toroweap on Thursday, April 4th. Meet-up: 10 am River Road exit. Details above. Post up or pm if interested. :ear
  13. fly2hi96

    fly2hi96 Adventurer

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    I'm in! I'll see you guys at 10:00 at the end of River Rd.
  14. plumbstraight

    plumbstraight plumbstraight

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    I am going to a reunion in Texas in June. As I am going through from Washington state, I would love to come back through this country. If anything is going on this time of year there I would like to join in. I have a tw200 and just picked one up for my wife and she is getting on to operating it so tough going is out for her. She has been practicing and I hope to get her up to speed soon. Will be coming through around the 10th or so of june. Any help on getting lined out would be great.
  15. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Hey plumbstraight -- Thanks for the post. Looks like it may have been your first one. Another Noob cherry for "Dual Sport Riding from St. George." :lol3 Toroweap would be a really, really long ride for the wifey if she's just getting the hang of the mighty TW. Roads are relatively easy, just long. And the big pay-off in view comes all at the end. :thumb

    In June it will be getting warmer in St. George. Mid and higher elevations will be nice. Area around Enterprise Reservoir has lots of quiet dirt roads and nice scenery. Even higher near Brian Head, east side of Zion, and Bryce will all be coming into their prime. Check out page 1 for an index of local rides. Should give you some pretty good ideas along with your own trusty Benchmark map.

    I tend not to plan rides too far out. Watch the weather, work, and family. Then take-off when everything looks good. I figure why ride in mud when all this great stuff is right on the doorstep. :D

    Good luck riding with the wife! Right on!! :clap

  16. Deadweight

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    Sounds good. I'll be getting gas at the sinclair, by desert industries, and meet ya'll the boarder at 10.
  17. DirtyJohnny

    DirtyJohnny BR 549

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    Count me in:clap
  18. StG

    StG Been here awhile

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    x2! Will be nice to finally meet the infamous R3 & some fellow inmates.
  19. mountainfever

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    2 maybe 3 more coming from Mesquite , try to be at mount Trumbell schoolhouse around noon (Alberta licence plates and orange bikes)
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  20. Deadweight

    Deadweight Adventurer

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    Well... it looks like I'm going to be helping some family members move, instead of riding with you guys :cry (Some days I wish I didn't have a truck)
    I'll be watching this thread for the next group ride and I'll try make it then.

    Have fun guys, and ride safe!