I've read several stories on the site about connecting Red Canyon and Blue Notch when Lake Powell is low. On a couple of prior trips I've poked around from the Red Canyon side looking for this connector during low water. I had never been able to find it. This year's trip involved a lot more research on paper maps and Google Maps to study possible routes. I also read a couple of trip stories on the issue. To start with, understand that I'm not a GPS guru. I have a nice Oregon 450T, but I don't run it real time, or run it on the handlebar, or know how to do tracks or such from someone else's files. And oddly...I'm not sure I really want to. I'm old school in my approach and in my living years on these types of adventures. I definitely use a GPS to insure my location and attempt to select the best routes, but I only use it in an attempt not to get totally lost and to work my way toward my possible destination. I usually ride by myself on such trips, so the SPOT and GPS are wise investments. I don't know...I've had some of my best adventures and discoveries with this approach. I'm sure the GPS wizards are wincing in pain at this moment. Anyway, back to the Blue Notch/Red Canyon issue. With the lake at a super low level, during the last two weeks I did the Blue Notch route in an attempt to find this connector. I was camped at Gravel Crossing/Jacob's Chair area on hwy 95 south of Hite. I've ridden or tried riding just about everything in this area from Blanding to Hanksville off hwy 95. On one day I rode down to Lake Powell via Blue Notch and poked all around that area looking for a Red Canyon connector. I think I found the usually described trail by staying to every left turn route I encountered. I found a sketchy, winding, off camber trail heading mainly south from the lake area. I later met a couple on a pair of ATVs who tried this route the same day, but a couple of narrow, off camber crux points put them off...understandably so. A jeep could not have made this route at this time...I don't think. So, I work my way around this crux point and this 1/4 mile section turned into a quite decent 2-track road/trail. There were no challenges until I came to a narrow, rutted, steep uphill. It wasn't that difficult, but if you slid off to the left, one rider would probably not be able to recover his bike. After this point it was a matter of working my way more to the west on old, faint 2-track and running in and out of dry stream beds. I knew I'd made a workable connector when I came across Rainbow Canyon. I'd hit this spot in the past coming from the Red Canyon side. You know you're there in Rainbow Canyon because it's clearly painted on a short canyon wall...along with what appear to be cattle brands with an "R" also painted along a couple of the other canyon walls...guessing there was some kind of cattle grazing operation in this area in the past. I'm hardly the first person to find a route from Blue Notch to Red Canyon, but it was what I found out on the way back to Blue Notch that got my attention. I didn't want to make the traditional Red Canyon loop, as it is a long route back to where I was camped...and kind of boring if you've done it in the past. Great scenery, but basically riding dirt roads and pavement for a long distance via either Radium King Road or going the entire Red Canyon Road to the pavement at hwy 276. So, going back the way I came toward Blue Notch, I notice a faint but occasionally used route off the 2-track as I neared that sketchy connector trail from the lake. I checked out this route which was narrow/semi-steep and rutted but passable by bike and ATV. I saw somewhat recent dirt bike knobby tracks. At the top of this short climb I came to an intersection. To the left it took me back to the lake on a decent gravel 2-track that bypassed that sketchy, off camber trail I mentioned at the first of this post. To the right is where I got a bigger surprise. In just 2 or 3 miles I came to a small 2-track that dropped down to the Blue Notch road. The interesting thing was that this route keeps you completely above water line even when the lake is full. However, as I pulled out on to Blue Notch Road, I notice a bright orange, Glen Canyon Rec floppy post facing Blue Notch indicating that this route is closed to motor vehicles. There are also 3 or 4 big rocks placed across this entry to this trail, but what appears to be an intentional gap that would allow a dirt bike and under-50" ATV to pass. I can't see any reason for this blockage, as it is more environmentally acceptable than a bunch of motor vehicles poking around in the below-water-level area in the currently dry lake area. This blocked route takes you over an old, established trail that keeps you above water line. Without use it appears that this route will erode away with rain and weather to a hugely rutted, unusable route. It seems a shame, and I see little logic as to why it's blocked. Is there just some reason that the BLM or Natl Rec division wouldn't want people making a decent link between Blue Notch and Red Canyon? Have any of you here seen this blocked route or make sense out of the route I described here? On a similar note, later in the week I poked around from the Red Canyon side and ran into a San Juan County employee in a pickup who was loading up an ATV. He was an older gentleman who said he was in charge of maintenance of the secondary motorized trails or "D" roads as he described them. I could tell from his tracks that he had done a couple of the nastier routes off Red Canyon Road toward the lake. He told me that they weren't sure they had enough money in the budget to keep some of these secondary roads open. About 3 days prior to this there had been a strong, rainy day and night. Fresh erosion damage was fairly evident in quite a few places. It's sad to see so many of these neat, remote trails possibly disappearing. Oh, and RideFreak...this guy was also in charge of Paiute Pass. Like he described, I found the westerly side of Paiute pretty much impassable by mere mortals at the moment...terrible erosion and washout. The easterly side is/was passable from the Gravel and Soldier Crossing area off hwy 95. Rain has been playing heck with many of these trails. And sorry...I don't have a pic hosting setup, or I'd show some of the pics.