White Rim trail in early May?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Colorado_Lee, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Colorado_Lee

    Colorado_Lee Adventurer

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    Anyone interested in riding the White Rim trail in Canyonlands Natl. Park near Moab, UT? I am thinking about sometime the 1st 2 weeks of May.
    I would plan on camping at least one night.

    I ride a 2008 KLR

    Thanks,
    Lee
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  2. byways

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    First of all, welcome to ADV! I, too, ride an 08 KLR, and might be interested. Do you have a backcountry permit and reservations for camping on the White Rim?
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  3. Colorado_Lee

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    I am waiting to see if I can get someone else to ride with me. If you are interested great! Let's see if we can work out some dates, preferably weekdays.

    Thanks,
    Lee
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  4. BigDogAdventures

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    Hi Lee,

    I've always told people if they only ride one trail around Moab---ride the white rim.

    I wasn't sure from your post if you knew the trail is easily ridden in one day----even if you got a late start and poked along. Man is it pretty.

    I honestly don't know about camping on it------and never knew anybody that did as it's such a short run----but it would be beautiful to do that if you can.

    If your worried about riding it alone---don't be----there will be plenty of people on it----it's not like if you got hurt no one would come along for days.
    It's very popular. Most of it is very easy on a KLR.

    BigDog
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  5. Graniteone

    Graniteone 3,2,1...Beer me!

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    Hey Lee,

    I just rode the White Rim two weeks ago. It was a blast. I think it is best to do it in a day and follow it up with some other rides around Moab. The Kokopelli trail is next on the list for me.


    Are you Gagner's buddy?
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  6. Colorado_Lee

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    Okay,

    Looks like I would do it in a day. Thanks for all the info. Still looking for someone to ride with. And no I don't know Gagner..
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  7. ALinUTAH

    ALinUTAH Been here awhile

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    I was thinking about taking a 3-day weekend and riding the WRT. My plan was to take a day to get down there (from Heber City), camp around Mineral Cyn Rd or somewhere around there, then ride the WRT the next day. I wanted to do it counterclockwise because I've never done it in that direction. Camp that night somewhere, then head home the next day. But you said weekdays? I'm pretty flexible. Maybe we could meet? The first two weeks of May would fit between the road bike trips I have planned with the wife. -al
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  8. mcmarcia

    mcmarcia Been here awhile

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    I would be interested. I live in moab and have been waiting to get my wr plated (done) so I can ride the white rim. It is best for a one day as it takes months to get the permit for the camping. No permits needed for the day trip, just have to have plated/insured bikes. I have done it a few times years ago by mtn bike. Great views, not very hard, so fast going except for the many view stops/snacks/pics, thinking about 8-10 hours for a casual laid back trip. I will probably do it next week before it gets real hot. Can easily be in the 90's by may, but hopefully we will keep getting some pacific fronts coming our way for rain and cooler weather. Great riding and camping everywhere. I did a 45 mile DS ride yesterday, great weather/views.
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  9. Colorado_Lee

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    I am available any time between 4/26 and 5/7. Would be trailering my KLR from central CO. Camp on Potash rd or Mineral Bottom the night before the ride and head back the night after.
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  10. ALinUTAH

    ALinUTAH Been here awhile

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    The best for me would be to meet Thurs or Fri, May 3 or 4. I'll be on a road bike trip with the Mrs the weekend before.

    I guess you'll be leaving a trailer in camp and circling around back there?

    Last time I was on the white rim was 2002 but it was in a truck supporting a mtn bike trip. I tried to do it one day last November when we were riding in the white wash area but got rained out. So I'm excited. -al
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  11. Jeff Randall

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    I am planning on riding White Rim from 10 -12 May. I also have an 08 KLR. Unfortunately those are the only days I could block in my schedule. I will be riding from Cheyenne, Wy
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  12. Ditch

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    I just rode this last Sunday. Took me about 6 hours or so from and back to Moab. I also stopped to take a lot of pictures. I went in through Long Canyon and rode (road?) counter clockwise. There are a couple of tricky spots, (Murphy area and Hardscrabble) depending on your tires, gearing and load. I packed gas due to my 3.4 gal tank, but did not need it. I think it was 153 miles total from and back to my hotel.
    Also, if you do Long canyon there are a couple of rock spots that are tricky. I was riding solo and walked the bike up one of them. The jeeps had dug out the holes a fair amount. FYI Long canyon doesn't have a sign, it is marked Jug Handle arch.
    Start as early as you can and you will see almost no one else.
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  13. Colorado_Lee

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    Al,

    Sounds good!

    I will send you a PM so we can coordinate better.

    -Lee
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  14. Colorado_Lee

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    Thanks for the info. BTW what did you ride?
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    ^ 06 Husky TE610 in Long Canyon
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  16. Lost Roadie

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    Camping on the WRT is a wonderful experience, you can get the needed permit at the ranger station/info center at Canyonlands NP. Leave in the morning, setup camp, go explore on wheels or on foot and really relax and take it all it instead of blasting through it. Night time is most enjoyable and its a very quiet place to experience.

    I've never made reservations as I always was just passing through while wandering and have been lucky many times, if you know when you're coming no reason to not to reserve a site though.

    http://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/whiterimroad.htm

    Like mentioned, no reason not to ride it alone if you have a good plan setup with friends or family, a SPOT helps too. Chances are you'll get found by other folks on the trail if you break down, but it's good to have a backup plan too.





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    Have fun!
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  17. ALinUTAH

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    Does anybody know if there is cell service in the island in the sky area? -al
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    That sunrise pic is surreal/awesome.
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  19. Exploron

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    I've ridden it twice solo on a Husky TE 610. Both times counter-clockwise. I won't do it in June again.
    It's a breath-taking ride.
    If you leave and return to Moab, it's a long day's ride. I always went up to Seven Mile and then in by way of Mineral Canyon rd and out Potash, so the Long Canyon approach is probably quicker. I'll have to try that next time.
    However, Mineral Canyon rd does offer flat out top-speed runs as well as free boondock camping.
    Once on the WRT, the roaming park service ranger will likely stop you at some point and remind you of the speed limit and see if you have your park pass. If not, he will sell you one on the spot.
    You may not see many moto riders. There can be gobs of bicyclists, though, so keep an eye out for them.
    The sheer drop offs will get your attention and deserve caution.
    Enjoy!
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  20. chucky004

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    I would be interested in going. My friends keep backing out on me, and I am to the point I would go ride it myself. I have an 11 klr, and my schedule is flexible.
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