Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George

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

  1. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    MountainFever, Nice seeing you at Toroweap. :D Also your buddy, the friendly Canadian bike smuggler. :lol3

    How was the ride back to Mesquite? Elbow Canyon?

    Safe travels back to the great white north. :beer
  2. RedRockRider

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    Very nice ride with the inmates :ricky -- Desertwater, ringokelly, fly2hi96, StG, DirtyJohnny plus RRR. Wifey says "hi" to all the imaginary friends that apparently have bikes and know how to ride. :lol3 Good fortune to meet-up with mountainfever at Toroweap also. Friendly Canadians always welcome in these parts, eh? :beer


    The ride all starts because ringokelly says he'll be in St. George and it's riding season. Time to get the little kawi loose on the AZ Strip. :clap

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    These inmates all bust free from their various commitments (not really, :poser), and we are 5 riders leaving St. George. We plan to meet a 6th rider at the Schoolhouse. He says the "gravel highway" from St. George to the Schoolhouse it too tame. He'll be taking the scenic route from Hurricane straight south -- a bit more interesting. :D

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    So, we are at the Schoolhouse. Easy meet-up. Everything is lookin' good. We think Canadians might be around, but no sign yet. Our luck would change. :rofl

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    The bikes: ringokelly's rock solid kawi.

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    DirtyJohnny's KTM beast. Too bad he only has one bike. :poser At least it's a nice one. :thumb

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    Fly2hi96's adventurized WeeStrom. Expertly handled. Riding behind this bike through the silt patches was like watching a bomb go off. :kboom

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    StG's WR. Finally someone with good taste in bikes. :wink:

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    Desertwater's machine. Our sixth rider from Hurricane. Too bad he didn't have a nicer bike for the "scenic route." :lol3

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    My WRR. 100% stock. Still going strong.

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    The Schoolhouse is really cool piece of local history. Really worth poking around and appreciating it. I think ringokelly :gerg and DirtyJohnny :gerg went to schoolhouses similar to this back in their elementary school days.

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    Visitor log for inmate signatures is behind the sign.

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    We have food/water, start to tell various lies, then get ready to move on.

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    One lap around the schoolhouse. Swingset out back.

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    Getting ready to go. Classic ADV bike and Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse pic.

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    On to Toroweap.

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    Ringokelly on the KLX 250.

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    Fly2hi96 on the WeeStrom.

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    StG on the little blue beast.

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    DirtyJohnny arrives. I think he already had to stop twice to dump more gas in to the beast. :lol3

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    Desertwater's KTM has the huge tank so he is good to go for days. :deal

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    The WR is always quick out of the gate. :nod

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    Short detour to Nampaweap to see the ancient rock art. All the guys probably agree that this was the best part of the whole trip. :rofl Especially the short walk in moto boots.

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    Bikes in the parking lot.

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    The rock art! :ear

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    Getting closer to the good stuff. Road degrades a bit as you approach the Grand Canyon, but the scenery improves dramatically. Vast open spaces of the AZ Strip transform to the color and rock of Grand Canyon country.

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    Inmates all grouped back up at Tuweep.

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    Good sense of humor from some park ranger who probably was banished to Tuweep for 6 months.

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    Lined up and ready to go. We did a good job making sure no one took a wrong turn or got lost in a silt patch. :rayof

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    The Toroweap picnic table. Some fat and happy ground squirrels in this neighborhood! :huh

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    The "money shot." :thumb

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    Mountainfever and his bike smuggling friend show up and flip us off. Friendly Canadian behavior. :lol3 I wonder if they ride KTMs?

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    Bikes attracting attention from some cage tourists.

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    The line-up. At least the Toroweap Overlook was only 25 yards from the parking lot. Some of the guys were apparently tired from the Nampoweap hike. :cry

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    Big KTM lying session. :D I'm sure Desertwater got in on this also. I just wasn't quick enough with my camera. :(:

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    Couple of scenery shots as we picked our way back to Tuweep more slowly.

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    Yamaha guys sticking together.

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    StG taking a day off of work. :jkam

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    Typical piece of road in this section. Lots of slab rock, small ledges, some silt. Nothing to tough, but not fast smooth dirt.

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    Good scenery. This part isn't all about the ride.

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    Up close and personal with the rockiest little uphill. Coming down here. As always, it's steeper than it looks. :shog Still well within reason.

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    More scenery.

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    Stopped in one of the deeper silt patches. These are actually more challenging than the rocky bits. Sometimes hard to see with dust from fellow riders. A soft silt patch will get your attention quickly if traveling at speed. Lots of strange tire marks and footprints in some of these silt beds. :eek1

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    The old road grader just before getting back to Tuweep.

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    At this point we got on the throttle a bit and spaced out to avoid the worst of the dust. We'd group at each major intersection. Didn't want anyone to inadvertently end up in Kanab. :lol3

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    Friendly little salute to all the local inmates and lurkers who couldn't join us. Maybe next time. :deal

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    The WeeStrom taking off. Get that big dust cloud out moving. Very capable bike, but not really an off pavement machine.

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    We group back up just south of Colorado City.

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    Great riding with you guys. We'll make it happen again.

    Fly2hi96.

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    Desertwater.

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    Ringokelly.

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    StG.

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    DirtyJohnny.

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    Ride safe out there, guys. Last group pic on the road.

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    Fly2hi96 airs up as we approach pavement. Now the WeeStrom is going to kick our butt. :super

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    Back in Hurricane we stop for food. :dg And just a few more lies. Nice ride gentlemen. See you around.

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  3. DirtyJohnny

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    Great Ride with new friends! Thanks to ringokelly for suggesting it. Thanks to Red Rock Rider for putting it together. The rest for showing up.:clap
  4. StG

    StG Been here awhile

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    Super fun meeting up with yall! When it comes to riding in the St George area, R3 definitely knows his stuff. But if he tells ya a side hike to see petroglyphs is only 50 yds away, be prepared for a '3 hour de-tour':D.

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    dirtyjohnny & R3
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    the whole gang chillin
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    headin back from the rim
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  5. ringokelly

    ringokelly Been here awhile

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    Great time guys...good ride, good company and no problems to deal with! Lets do it again soon!:clap:clap:clap
  6. MTNclimber0331

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    Dang Guys, that looked like a lot of fun!! I wish I could have joined you all.:cry Hopefully I'll catch you on the next one!! Cheers.:freaky
  7. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Looks like all had a good time.

    :cry I sure wish I could had made it. I darn near drove up late Wed pm, but a 6 hour drive would have put in me SG at about 3am. Maybe twenty years ago I may have. But all is not lost for Samthg, I salvaged "a bit of a trip".

    I'm curious about Colo City, I haven't been out there in a number of years. Is there fuel out there?

    As a fellow KLX owner, how did ringokelly's KLX fuel range work out? Looks like he had a 2 gal on board. I see a problem with his bike, wrong color & no windscreen. :lol3
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    Congratulations RRR on another successful get-together!
  8. RedRockRider

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    Hey Sam -- Next time! :deal I think I still owe you a lunch from a Thunderbird Cafe question long ago. :lol3

    Colorado City has reliable gas (Sinclair Station). Also a Chevron Station in Apple Valley on the way to Hurricane. None of the guys wanted to eat at the "Merry Wives" cafe in Colorado City. Perhaps too many rumors about breast milk as a creamy sweetner in all the baked goods and desserts. :huh Opted for Mexican in Hurricane instead. Good call.

    Ringokelly's range on the KLX I'm sure was fine. We were medium on the throttle going out. Probably got 70+mpg. He definitely needed to carry gas, but I think only a gallon would have been fine. I didn't keep careful track of mileage but I think Toroweap out to Colorado City gas station is 60-65 miles. St. George to Torweap via Schoolhouse was about 100. We all had gas to spare. Don't think anyone even hit reserve until we got back to pavement.

    Funny thing, I think Ringokelly also has a red KLX. Keeps it elsewhere. The green one lives in St. George. :lol3
  9. red_ryder

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    Thanks to all the inmates we met from St George:D great hospitality and nice meetin ya:clap the ride back to Mesquite via Elbow canyon was super, no real issues... Back in Edmonton now weather sucks:puke1, snow started in Calgary til we got home last nite:waysad
  10. DirtyJohnny

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  12. NSFW

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    very nice RR...love that place.

    hey StG, it seems you didn't enough riding in dv and you wanted more...:huh

    hope to see some of you there next month.
  13. fly2hi96

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    RRR, thanks for setting up this ride... it was a blast!! It was great meeting everyone and I hope we can get together soon for another one.
  14. mountainfever

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    hey RRR , nice meeting up with everyone at Tuweep , too bad we weren't able to head back with you guys , thanks for all the work you have put into this thread , makes it nice for us forieners to come down and soak up some of the nice weather with lots of nice day rides to choose from
    mf
  15. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Nice photos and report!
  16. RedRockRider

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    Good times. :D All the pics and comments add to the thread. :thumb Also the PMs. Looks like everyone wants to ride again. Didn't work out too badly considering most of started as "internet" friends. If my kid (or wife) said he was going off to meet some friends he met on the internet . . . :ddog . . . 80 miles down some dirt road . . . we could have ended up chopped into little pieces . . .

    Special shout-out to red_ryder. First post. Always an honor to de-lurk someone. :beer Hope it was good for you, too.

    Here's the map recap. Careful mileage count: St. George to Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse = 60 miles (depends on where you get gas in St. George). Schoolhouse on to Toroweap = almost 40 more miles. Toroweap out to Colorado City = 60 miles. Total = 160. For Noobs to the thread, index of rides in Post #1.

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    Bonus pic. Nampaweap Petroglyph from a ride a few years ago. Some of you guys just can't get enough rock art. :lol3

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    After the Toroweap ride spent the weekend hiking in Zion with family. A few pics of the easiest slot canyon in Zion.

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    Just my son.

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    Son took this pic of me. :thumbup

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    This slot is super easy, dry, very short, and very accessible. No official trail. Not that many people know about it. Stop at small parking lot just at the top of long tunnel. Canyon Overlook trail is the established trail that goes out to the top of the Great Arch. Great hike. Do this if you haven't. Easy. Only about 1/2 mile.

    For the slot canyon, scramble down the sand/rock slope at the back of the parking lot behind the outhouse. Only about 50 feet down. This is Pine Creek. If you go down stream under the road bridge you will quickly start the technical part of Pine Creek. This requires serious rappelling and wetsuits. Fine to do take a look, then reverse.

    The slot canyon hike goes up the Pine Creek drainage. Also called Clear Creek in some off-trail hiking guides. It is for the most part sandy, smooth and narrow. Beautiful sculpted rock. Dry. You'll see footprints but probably no other people. Proceed up the drainage for 1/2 mile at most. You are parallel to the road and just barely out of sight / sound. There are several breaks in the cliff band where you can scramble out (up to the left) if you want.

    The fun way to exit is to stay in the wash until you see this.

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    Culvert goes under the road. Walk through the culvert then scramble up the road. Walk back down the road to the parking lot by the tunnel. The road distance is 0.3 miles. Hike is totally legal and totally safe. Way tighter slot than the Narrows. Super easy to access. Have fun. Don't go if it is raining. :rofl


    Also went for a moto ride with Dad. Area west of the Utah Hill. Pics coming. Preview:

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    Thanks for all the positive comments. Ride safe out there. :ricky
  17. DirtyJohnny

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    RRR,

    Thanks for posting the info on the Zion Hike. I am always looking for afternoon adventures to do with my wives, kids, grandkids, and friends. We won't even have to ride the shuttle for this one.:norton

    Took my favorite wife to the Thunderbird @ Mt. Carmel Jct. last Sunday. The Trout was great!:freaky My wife's veggie burger came on a white bun and she had to request a salad instead of french fries.:puke1 LOL Oh well, I guess the family that runs it are rednecks like me:wink:The Thunderberry pie was great!:nod [​IMG]

    I am anxiously awaiting an invite for another inmate ride. Obligations in NE Utah are calling. but not too loud yet.:clap

    Sincerely,

    DJ (your not so imaginary friend-now)
  18. mountainfever

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  19. trevor2k

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    Thanks for the heads up on the slot canyon hike. Tried it today since we were going to be in StG anyways. Unfortunately the last rainstorm a few days ago left the slot full of water. Still had a blast though. Ended up doing Zion Canyon Overlook and a couple others in the canyon for the kids.

    On a side note, as we were enjoying Cafe Rio on their patio on StG Blvd I saw a crazy cat on a TW heading down the road behind another rider. You out harassing the locals tonight RRR?
  20. RedRockRider

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    Not me . . . some other hooligan in St. G on a TW. :lol3 Any local inmates / lurkers on the TW? :ear

    No moto riding this weekend. All family time. Highlight was a kayak trip down the Virgin River, right through the center of town. Put-in just below diversion dam by Costco. Take-out at Man-o-War Bridge in Bloomington.

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    Thanks again for checkin' in. Ride safe out there. :wave