Tahoe to Moab in the dirt- got tracks?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by bluegroove, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. bluegroove

    bluegroove Motorcycle junkie

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    I'd like to hit the most interesting dirt riding between Lake Tahoe and Moab, UT.

    We're planning to do the trip over a few days or a week during May. Dirt roads, 4X4, and even singletrack if it's not super technical. We'll be riding big singles and we're good dirt riders, but the luggage slows us down too much for the really rocky, narrow stuff.

    Got any gpx I can use?

    Thanks much!!
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  2. boney

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=236272&highlight=Topaz+Torrey

    You'll need 150+ miles of fuel (or more) from Carvers NV to Pioche NV. These are raw tracks, and only in one place do you end up riding across someone's front yard. :augie


    These tracks were made in May. If you go later in the year you probably won't run into deep snow in UT like we did. (look at the track, you'll see the turn-around.)
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    Awesome stuff man! Thanks! Does the track match the route in the ride report?

    Anybody else?
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    Like almost every request for tracks, first place to look are my tracks on GPSXchange.com.

    See Nevada SMTS and Silver State Trail.

    About four options between Carson and Pioch. SMTS is gas to gas which I try to keep less than 140 mi.
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  5. toofast4uu

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    What are the chances of hitting snow with these routes? ( first week in may, a month from now...)
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    Hey you can clear the trail for us! We're going in mid May.:D
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  7. boney

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    Tracks and report are one and the same.

    The chances of hitting snow are pretty slim on my tracks, but the Desert is a funny place. You may get snowed on. When you get to Utah in the higher elevations, you'll find snow.

    I called ahead a few days before we left and asked the Rangers in their particular districts what conditions I might encounter. Most of them didn't have anything important to report. The district for Boulder Mountain in Utah said the road was "impassable." Here in CA that means you can't get a 2WD sedan through. In Utah it means you can't get anything through.

    Also, call the gas stations you plan to stop at. Make sure you know their hours and if they have a card lock (and if they have gas.) Write that stuff ON YOUR MAP so you can't loose it.
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  8. Cycleman4

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    Anyone have a rough count of how many days are needed for this adventure?
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    I think boney's report showed 5 days to Panguitch if I recall correctly. I'm going in a couple weeks and we're estimating 6-7 days from Sacramento to Moab.

    Anyone got some tracks or route suggestions from Caliente to Moab? There's a ton of great stuff there I think, just not sure of the best route.
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    Some gas station contact info would be much appreciated also... :norton
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    Are you gonna trailer the bikes back or ride? Very interested to hear how it goes. I live in Chico so the route would be almost identical. What bikes are you guys riding?
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    2 of us are meeting a 3rd in Moab. He's bringing truck and we'll haul back on the slab in 1.5 days.

    KTM640 and XR600

    I'll be doing a detailed report upon return. stay tuned!
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  13. Cycleman4

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    Sounds great. Do you think a ktm 950 SE can handle this trip? Anyone with experience on a big bike?
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    you need to read boney's ride report mentioned in post #2 above. he says a big bike is no problem. I ain't been there yet, so I don't know. however I've studied the maps and it seems like there's lots of options. You can pick dirt roads that go around the mountains instead of over them if you want to I think.
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    We hit Panguitch on the 4th night. Day 1 to just past Topaz was a short day, and day 5 into Torrey was about 2/3 day because of the snow. We were riding somewhere around 175-215 miles per day at about a 17.5 mile an hour overall daily average.

    We Gassed in Hawthorne, Hadley, and Pioche. The stretch between Hadley and Pioche is LONG. Like 210 map miles and 240 actual after we did some backtracking. There are ranches along the way, you could probably bums some gas if you needed.

    A 950E/ADV would be no problem. A 12GS would require some skillz in a couple places.
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  16. Cycleman4

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    THanks for the good insight!:clap
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    Hey anyone know if there's gas in Lockes, NV?

    My map shows "Blackrock station." I've tried searching for it, but no luck. All I get is ghost town info.
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  18. boney

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    To my knowledge there is no gas on 6 between Ely and Tonopah.

    I sent you a PM.

    Well, I'm going to send it when I'm done here.
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  19. Countdown

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    There was. Also Lund and/or Preston.

    Someone posted a track from Tonopah to Ely and got gas at Lockes but I can't find it now.

    See my Nevada Statewide Motorized Trail System on GPSXchange.com

    I am going later this month.
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  20. boney

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    Well, there is a gas pump there anyway. A google search doesn't turn up any information.
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