Utah Backcountry Discovery Route (UTBDR)

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Maddaddy, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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  2. RickyBobby007

    RickyBobby007 Go Jonah 2012

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    Great work Greg! Thanks for doing this for both the BDRs. Hope to see you in June in Leavenworth.
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  3. byways

    byways byways

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    Great contribution! It's early yet, but in a couple of weeks I hope to check out a portion of the route that will be new to me. Shall report.
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  4. moto-treks

    moto-treks Back Home

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  5. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Thanks MadDaddy, will be following this thread

    BackCountryCruizer and I will be taking a one-way trailer ride down from Portland to the southern start in Sept then riding back home the 2000mi route via UTBDR, Martin's T2 and a custom OR route we road a couple years ago. BackCountryCruizer will be riding his battle tested 690r, and I'm trying to decide whether or not to attempt this on my new untested ktm 350exc or ultra reliable and bullet proof wr250r???

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  6. BackCountryCruizer

    BackCountryCruizer Gnarled Adventurer

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    I'm in and following the thread!
    Hope to have some good info on side trips, what to watch for and what to bypass when we hit the UTBDR in September.
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  7. pdxmarcus

    pdxmarcus Adventurer

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    Hey UT ADVers:

    I'd like to use parts of the southern UTBDR for a DS loop late this May. Specifically I'm looking at Medicine Hat to Green River. I imagine the La Sal leg will probably be out due to snow/elevation. What other sections might be out in early season?

    Can any of you locals or UT experienced DSers recommend some worthy bypasses? We're on a KTM 950(lightly loaded) and a KLR 650

    I'm thinking:
    UTBDR to Moab(minus LaSal)
    White Rim Loop
    UTBDR to Green River
    2-day loop of San Rafael Swell to Hanksville
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  8. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    I'm not a local, but from what I've heard Utah in general didn't get much snow this year.

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=149&sid=134181

    I think this trip would be amazing in late September. I can't do it this year, but maybe next.
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  9. byways

    byways byways

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    PDXMarcus:

    I just spent a week based in Green River, taking day rides in the San Rafael Swell and portions of the UTBDR. In May, I would not expect to ride the Abajo Mtns, La Sals, or really anything above, say, 8,000 feet. In May, I would be confident in predicting some snow and much mud in the Abajo Mtns. especially. Which leaves a lot to ride! The San Rafael Swell and Book Cliffs certainly are clear.

    Here is what I found at 8400 ft north of I-70 and just west of the UT/Colo line:

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    Very very soft, mucky mud. Below that, however, conditions were very good on the south-facing slopes, but muddy on north-facing slopes.

    But here is what I found on the Book Cliffs segment of the UTBDR north of I-70 and just east of Green River (I apologize for the size ...):

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    Here is a segment of the UTBDR/Kokopelli's Trail (brace for sand):

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    Here is a spur off Reds Canyon Loop, which I recommend, in the San Rafael Swell (again, apologies for the oversized image):

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    September would indeed be good, but that is still monsoon season.
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  10. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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    That is really beautiful country. :norton
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  11. pdxmarcus

    pdxmarcus Adventurer

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    Thanks byways(Tony) for the very detailed conditions report. That goes a long way towards helping us choose a route!
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  12. Dances_With_Trees

    Dances_With_Trees Been here awhile

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    What's the latest anyone's attempted to ride the entire length of the UTBDR? I'm considering October, just haven't decided on early of later in the month. Thank you in advance.
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  13. westcoasttrekker

    westcoasttrekker Been here awhile

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    This ones on my bucket list.
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  14. BackCountryCruizer

    BackCountryCruizer Gnarled Adventurer

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    Dale (WR250R) and I (KTM 690 R) just returned home last night from a 2300 mile 11 day ride starting at Mexican Hat and following the route north. Once we hit Pocatello Idaho we turned west to home. What an awesome ride. I put together a video of the first half of the first day this morning. I have another 9 or 10 hours of video to edit but will be posting as time allows. Did I mention what an awesome ride this was?
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  15. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    And big thanks to the Touratech and BDR team for the time, money and energy required to put this excellent route together. :clap BackCountryCruize (Tom) and I have ridden all the BDR tracks (including unofficial OR) and this one by far exceeded our expectations. Looking forward to the next installment in a different state.

    We found route had just the right mix of road/trail conditions (primitive, semi-improved, improved), which on an extended multi-day ride provides aging bodies an excellent workout but also bits of time to recover.

    Note, as of 2012-9-17 construction has closed a portion of Lasal Mtn Loop approx 20mi east of Moab. The road crew is installing a new culvert so do not believe this will be an extended closure. There's a spur road workaround to the west but the last climb out may be more difficult for bigger bikes.

    closed between these two waypoints:
    N38.54631 W109.29118
    N38.57736 W109.29222

    map of the construction workaround (green planned route, red actual):
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  16. 4corners14

    4corners14 Been here awhile

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    Man, I can't wait to make this ride.
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  17. spokedoc

    spokedoc Egregious

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    I'm just starting some planning. Would early July be too hot to attempt the whole distance? I am thinking seven days of riding. Any thoughts?
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  18. Chase the Lion

    Chase the Lion Jeff

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    Don't know...but I will join you any time of year just to ride....
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  19. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Took my riding partner and I 4 days at a leisure pace, that's with all the technical (lockhart, etc) options. If you had the luxury of 7 days, I would suggest adding a number of fun full day side trips (white rim trail, etc).

    July will be hot for sure, specially for a northerner like myself where anything over 80 feels hot. July is the hottest month by avg, but if you're from the south perhaps 100+f will not feel so hot.
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  20. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

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    Where can I find the downloadable GPS route for this UTBDR?
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