Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George

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

  1. skian g

    skian g Adventurer

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    Thanks! I guess I missed post 252, I thought I looked through the whole thread. So does that side bracket / support frame come with the side bag or is it part of the rear rack? I cant quite tell from that picture.
  2. RedRockRider

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    That's a fantastic ride. Enjoyed your pics. The area of eastern Nevada around Caliente has lots of great dirt roads and scenery. And very few people. Real hidden gems. I still haven't been back over to ride Pennsylvania Canyon, but that will come. The dirt road through the New Harmony Mountains south of Cedar City is fine, but nothing super special. Easy enough to do on most street bikes. Post #414 on page 28. You'll have to catch it on your next set of travels through the area. Ride safe, ride often. :wave

  3. wbbnm

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    I finally got around to doing a Ride Report. Not quite finished, but here it is.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=892221
  4. NSFW

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    3r, you're backyard is one of my best destination.

    here's our RR on our 3rd year trip, enjoying your stomping ground.

    sorry, didn't get the chance to give you a shout, otherwise, we could have met along the way.
  5. RedRockRider

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    East Fork of Virgin River, just south of Mt. Carmel Junction.

    Before we get going -- thanks for all the positive comments and PMs. :wave

    Needed to take the ATVs up to Brian Head for the summer riding season. Was too hot in St. George last weekend. Went via Mt. Carmel Junction and had some fun riding through the river crossings, although to call the East Fork of the Virgin a "river" at this time of year is a bit of wishful thinking. Water level is noticeably lower than just a few weeks ago when I explored this area on my TW200.

    Spent most of my day chasing behind my family. :D Daddy gets to eat the most dust! :lol3

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    At some places the river is barely flowing. Water crossings are still lots of fun, especially for the kid.

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    Glamour shot of the Suzuki KingQuad. Same place as TW pic from three weeks ago. See post #654.

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    The next day we are up at Brian Head. Big pine trees, cool temps. About 75 instead of 105 in St. George. I take my son and his friend for an ATV ride around the town trails while my wife works out and has some well-deserved quiet time. She says that taking care of "3 boys" for the weekend is tiresome! :rofl

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    Still some late Spring run-off. My son having fun riding through the water.

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    His friend ripping right through, and trying to splash me. Boys will be boys!

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    Gotta get at least one motorcycle pic in. Here's the garage after the riding is done. This what every garage should look like. The lonely WR with 5 ATVs, 2 snowmachines, and a canoe. Tubes on top of the canoe are for pulling behind the snowmachines. :thumb Most important room of the house. :clap

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    More Brian Head time this coming weekend. Best way to beat the heat of southwest Utah. Thanks for checking in. Ride safe out there.
  6. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    so jealous :)
    love your ride reports !
  7. TheAdmiral

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    Now that looks fun! ATV's are so much easier to ride in the sand...and you can look around while riding easier too!
  8. RedRockRider

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    Thanks, inmates for all the continuing positive comments and star rankings! Quite the ego boost from all my imaginary friends. :lol3

    Escaped the heat last weekend by going to Brian Head with friends. My kid was at an overnight science camp so it was adults only. We took rookies out on ATVs. Good times as long as we don't show them how to put it in reverse. :eek1

    At the High Mountain Meadow Overlook with great views of Cedar Breaks.

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    My lovely wife trying to splash me as I photograph the noobs crossing the Brian Head Creek. Mostly she missed but it wasn't for lack of effort.

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    Rode the Versys out to Enterprise Reservoir a few nights ago. Good moto therapy time. :D

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    New rubber, front and rear. Here's the front. Nice and grippy in the curves. Here the tire is a bit dusty from exploring the shoreline.

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    Also new mirrors. Original left-hand side mirror had developed a vibration from too many adjustments. New mirrors have a cool angular shape. So far so good. :thumb

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    Low water. Seems like water is low everywhere.

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    Probably about 100 miles round trip from St. George. A couple of hours well spent.

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    Thanks for checkin' in. Ride safe, ride often. :wave
  9. Bob

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    Nice pictures!
    I need to go look at the map for high mountain meadow overlook. Is that looking east and is that Brians head behind the black flag?
  10. RedRockRider

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    You got it, Bob. Looking east and that is Brian Head Peak directly behind the black flag. Don't think High Mountain Meadow is shown on most maps, but there are forest service signs. The dirt road to High Mountain Meadow leaves the paved road at the top of Brian Head Town. Turn to right onto dirt while going uphill after passing George's and ski overpass. The dirt road crosses over the ski runs (Wildflower), passes the "twisted forest" then goes to the High Mountain Meadow (about 5 miles). The High Mountain Meadow is a smaller side route (to the left with sign), easily passable by any ADV bike, not road bike. The dirt road continues, mostly losing elevation and eventually rejoins pavement (Old US 91) near Summit (between Summit and Parowan).

    High Mountain Meadow has great views of the Cedar Break amphitheater. :clap
  11. RedRockRider

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    Meet-up at Subway in Hurricane at 9 am. Subway is in the center of town on the south side of the main road (St. #9).

    Plan is to ride to Kolob Reservoir, then continue on dirt eventually ending up at Cedar Canyon (St. #14). Lots of options from there. Possibilities include: Brian Head area, Navajo Lake, return via North Fork Road (dirt) and East Entrance to Zion National Park. Or could go west from Cedar Canyon and circumnavigate Pine Valley Mountain. Includes dirt via Pinto and either Pine Valley or Enterprise.

    Food, water, and gas available periodically. Not like AZ Strip rides. Bring jacket for higher elevations. Bring Zion National Park Pass if we choose to return via North Fork Road.

    We'll plan to be gone most of the day, but there are lots of options to peel off and shorten the ride. Combination of pavement and easy dirt. Any dual sport bike will be fine. 100% road bikes not advisable.

    Let's hear it if you're interested. :ear
  12. simbaboy

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    Thanks got your PM.
    It looks like there are 2 Subways in Hurricane (one inside a Walmart).
    The other's address is as below:

    SUBWAY® Restaurant
    525 Utah 9
    Hurricane, UT 84737
    (435) 635-9553

    Is this the one? I will be there. Really looking forward to this ride.
    Simba




  13. RedRockRider

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    This is the one. Just past the Chevron station on the main drag, not in Walmart. Here's a pic:

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  14. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    I will be there. I will send you another PM to let you know where we are staying and my cell number. I also want to talk to you about SPOT device. Actually, I have stopped at that hardware store (ACE) in the background to pick up fasteners for my KLR on the way to Zion.
    Thanks
    Simba

  15. lacofdfireman

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    I have been doing this ride for years on 4 wheelers and now side x sides. One of the most incredible routes you can do in Southern Utah. Unbelievably stunning views and at the right time when the water is high it makes for very challenging water crossings. We love to take friends from out of state that are visiting on this ride. Every time they are blown away. I think one year we counted 28 river crossings each way. Good times. I need to try in on the 950 Adventure sometime. That would be fun right after a good rain storm..


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  16. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    Hello Friends,

    Noticed today that the fan on my KLR650 was not coming on. Did some trouble shooting here in Moab but no luck so far. I am planing to see Fred Hinks here at Arrowhead tomorrow AM (he has not replied to my voice message yet).

    But it would also be cool to rent a bike for a day to experience a newer bike. So please send suggestions re: DS rental in the St. George area.

    PM sent to RRR.

    Thanks,
    Simba
  17. StG

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    I'm in! Was camping up at Navajo lake yesterday. A little breezy, but nice and cool! I guess everyone else around here is busy working:lol3.

  18. trevor2k

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    I did North Fork yesterday. Road was in good condition, easy enough ride. From Navajo to the pavement was just over an hour for me. I left at 6:30am and was at the totempole overlooking Zion at 7:30. (Just .7mi down Pine Knoll road, nice short 2-track to break up the monotony of North Fork - http://goo.gl/maps/lyns9)

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    StG, where at Navajo? If you were at Te-Ah you may have heard me sneak down the road quietly at 6:30 and more noisily back at 8:30. We have a cabin there at the west end of the lake.

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  19. StG

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    Spruces CG. You have a cabin up there?? Very jealous! Lots of great riding up there - of all kinds.

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  20. trevor2k

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    Navajo Lake Loop is great. I started leaning more towards DH on the pedal powered variety, and Bunker Creek and Dark Hollow were favs. And yes, a family cabin up in the summer homes at the west end.