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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by frog, May 22, 2008.
FYI, do not try 165 to Bishop Castle, oh my, what a sheet of ice.
Heading down to Moab for some that living weekend and some riding this weekend. It'll be my first time on slickrock.
Any advice on trails for me? I'll probably only have a day, maybe a day for half for riding. I'm a decent begginer maybe a low level intermediate rider and I'll be riding with my buddy who is much better than me.
What kind of bike are you riding? Assuming a slickrock worthy 500 or smaller trail bike, I would say try the famed Slickrock trail or the Sovereign trail system north of town east of route 195. Both offer singletrack and slickrock. Both are shared by mountain bikers. Farther north on route 195 past the airport and to the west is a larger and easier network of trails often referred to as Chicken Corners. You can potentially ride all the way to the Green River using them.
Anyway, choices are abundant. I recommend the following link to help find them. This should keep you busy for a while. http://www.discovermoab.com/moab_motorized_travel.htm
Thanks for the link!
I'll be riding either my KLX300 or my LXR250 that I'm picking up this afternoon if I can get it ready in time. I've already ridden a fair bit of single track around american fork and strawberry resevior on the KLX so I assume that it qualifies :)
I just don't want to get too far over my head for my first time down there. Any other trail reccomendations?
Easy canyons with pretty scenery also include Onion Creek and Long Canyon. NOT tough on a dirtbike but pretty areas and a relaxing ride.
Long Canyon/Pucker Pass...
The one and only "challenging" spot on pucker pass. The rest is a piece of cake.
Long Canyon critters!
Or the view from Gemini bridges...
Ended up riding Kane Creek. Lots of fun! A nice mix of rocks and fast sand. Next time I'm thinking Poison Spider to spend some quality time on slickrock. The wife and I are talking about a Christmas trip if the weather cooperates.
Any idea what hasn't been snowed yet around SLC? Is everything in American Fork and Strawberry Reservoir already snowed/iced in? I suppose I could always head to 5 Mile Pass if everything else fails but I'd rather hit some single track.
5 Mile is open year round, as is the west desert. I think I saw on twitter that American Fork also closed in anticipation of the storm tomorrow.
Poison Spider as your next ride? That's quite a step up in difficulty. Yes, it's doubletrack but it's full of shelves and deep sand baths due to years of erosion by 4x4's. They manage just fine with huge tire contact patches, winches, and lots of time. Best done on a small bike with hybrid trials tires. Be comfortable with wheelie drops and punchy steep rock climbs. Would never ride that alone. Yes, there are some work arounds, but some pulling bikes up and down will be required depending on skill level. The lower/southern end has large areas of slickrock for goofing around without attempting a through ride. Lots of slickrock at Chicken Corners, Sovereign Trails, and of course the infamous Slickrock trail.
Snow levels are down so far this year, but friends are reporting places like Mt. Nebo and AF Canyon already too wet and muddy. Try going west into the desert. Knolls or Cherry Creek. Both have singletrack if you get out into it.
Good info, thanks. Kane Creek wasn't too challenging but an easy warm up to slickrock ledges is probably warranted. I am planning to ride with a friend in any case.
Speaking of which, is anyone interested in some trail riding on Saturday? Given the above report I'll likely end up at 5 mile pass, The Knolls, or Cherry Creek.
12-2 is the last trials event of the year. At Elberta [40 minutes SW of Provo]. Great place to ride or just check out. I will be out Friday afternoon if you want to check out the riding. Look at [ utahtrials.com ] for more info.
I'll plan on riding out at cherry creek and swinging by to see part of the competition in the late afternoon. Will it be obvious where to go and park once I'm in the immediate vicinity?
Just in case anyone else needs boots, South Valley Motorsports is closing out last year's motocross boots for 40% off. They've got one pair of Garne SG10s (size 9 or 10) and a number of Fox Comp 5s and Instincts
Howdy 'tards. Anyone in the St George area? I was able to escape California for about a week and I'm looking for some good riding spots in Southern Utah (other than Warner Valley). Anyone have any suggestions/looking for a temporary riding buddy? I brought my XR600 and DR650 with me, so open desert and trails would be my cup of tea.
Ran into frog in Park City last Sunday, long time no see. Now I know I'm getting older, he's toting wife and kids while I'm not.
Great to see you, where's the other original Utards from the front page?
Still around... Check in occasionally. Didn't ride as much this year as in the past but did a couple fun trips. One ride was to help a friend make a promo video for his touring company...
Still here! I check this thread regularly, although I live in Georgia now. I am still riding, but mostly slab now since I live in the land of twisties (about 2 hours from the tail of the dragon).
My wife and I are in Utardia for the holidays and thinking about some ski days and maybe some snowmobiling.
It was good to see ya. Im still riding two wheels just ones without motors. And of course will be at RMR for my three days of riding a year. LOL. Dumbgirl is still around and riding. Her and her husband went to baja a little ago.
Heading down to St George this weekend. The wife and I are camping at Snow Canyon. I'm looking for recommendations on two things:
Restaurants. I love breweries and we haven't been to a great Mexican place in a while.
Places to ride (with gpx tracks if you have them). I'm on a non-plated 250 and prefer tight single track.
Worst case we'll cook and I'll wander around the Warner Valley.
Thanks guys! I'll try and remember to grab some pictures this time.
Still here and riding whenever I can.
Peppers Cantina is pretty good:
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