White Rim Trail in Moab

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Bob On This, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Bob On This

    Bob On This n00b

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    OK,
    First, let me apoligize if this subject has been beat to death, but here I go, :D

    My wife and are are planning on riding the White Rim Trail in Moab, UT next summer.
    We have been running the usual trails around Moab for many years (in a jeep), but, this will be our first trip with our bikes. :clap

    KLR650 for me
    KR250 Sherpa for my wife.

    Here are my questions:

    First, are motorcycles allowed on the White Rim trail? Web pages differ on this???:huh
    Second, should we (wife) have the range needed, or will we need to carry extra gas? the Sherpa carries 2.4 gallons.
    Do we need to reserve camping spots?
    Does anyone have Garmin waypoints on file?
    Any sugjestions on the trip?

    Thanks for any info you might add.

    Bob
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  2. mtlee

    mtlee Adventurer-to-be

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    Bob -

    I was looking into this trip and had to postpone due to my son's not having his license yet. But what I found in my research:

    Motorcycles are absolutely allowed on the WRT - there are several recent posts in this forum.

    Reservations are highly recommended if you're going to camp. Call and talk to a ranger at the park - the guy I got on the phone was extremely pleasant and helpful, and was very willing to work with me to find open dates.

    Distance is about 145 miles around, depending on where you access and leave.

    Have a great time - I'm looking forward to doing this trip sometime in late 2008 or 2009 when Jake has his license.

    Mike
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  3. enduro-ince

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    You must be plated/streeet legal for the WR. If you start up at mineral bottom rd its around 105 miles. Probably want some extra gas for the sherpa?? You need reservations if you plan to camp along the white rim trail.
    The bummer part about the camping is that your not allowed a campfire. And the spots are really nothing to exciting IMO.
    I wouldn't recommend riding it after May 1st or before October 1st, too hot.
    HAve a blast!!!!

    Oh yea a couple more things, I like to ride the WR clockwise. Overall the rougher stuff and better scenery is found in the first half if you go CW, making for a nice mellow, more high speed finish when you might be getting a little tired.
    And watch out for the rangers trying to enforce the ridiculous 15mph speed limit.....I've seen them driving at twice that speed. I've only ever seen one ranger on the rd at any given time so If you see one, your probably safe for the rest of the day....
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  4. Lone Rider

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    The Rangers have a DRZ400 they sometimes use.
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  5. Scary Mc

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    Don't roost the mountain bikers. :kboom:baldy
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  6. Jeff@TheQuadShop

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    I rode it this past july, let me see if I can attach the tracklog. Its 2454 track points, if thats too many for your gps just let me know and I'll filter it down to 1000.
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  7. Bob On This

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    Thanks Guys,

    Look like we might try for the frist part of May.

    Thanks for help:freaky

    Bob
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  8. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Also, isn't there a "prefered" direction to run it? I've read it a thousand times but can't remember.
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  9. neduro

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    My recommendation is starting at Island in the sky, and descending the trail toward the CO river first. Can't remember the name of this descent off the top of my head, but it equates to a clockwise loop.

    Beautiful ride, just remember how many other people are out there so a quiet bike and restrained wrist are a must.
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  10. rider1150gsadv

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    I read that clockwise is the better way to do it. I haven't done it, yet :wink: , but hopefully may soon. Just remember that while riding a motorcycle there, you 'represent' all of us and courtesy goes a very long way:D :D . I found that to be true everywhere I have been BTW.
    Have fun!!!!!:clap
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  11. canadasax

    canadasax Been here awhile

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    I will down in Moab the first week in May. I have never been there before so I have no idea what to expect.
    I am a little nervous about going around the trail by myself. If it works out I would love to join you and your wife for the ride around white rim.
    I ride a KTM 950 and I will be running knobbie tires.
    If you and and your wife are on your second honeymoon or something and you want to be alone, please feel free to say so.
    My wife will be in Moab with me, but she does not have her own bike so I was planning on doing the WRT solo.

    Ken
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  12. enduro-ince

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    I wouldn't stress to much about doing it solo. Your wife will know where your at, and there will be folks about, especially on the weekend.

    Also another good thing to know about the WR. If you do run into trouble and you are by yourself remember that there is quite a few lookouts on the rim above you. I've been out there solo and stopped for a snack, figuring I was all by my lonesome out there. Then I started hearing voices, I figures some mt. bikers were approaching, but I could see the rd for miles and couldn't spot anyone. Just when I was about to lose my mind over these voices in my head I realized there were folks whistling at me from the Grand View point. Its probably a good idea to know where these overlooks are in relation to the rd. in case you need to yell for help as you lay there with a broken leg, no water and with vultures circling.

    Take tons of water for a May ride on the WR....









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  13. Bob On This

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    Thanks for all the input, and you guys are right about the loud exhaust. Like I said, we have been jeepen the Moab area for years, and have done some overnight trips on the Golden Spike and the peace and quite is priceless.

    We would love to have some company when it comes time, no problem.
    We are planing on a two day trip. It can be done in one, but we will be doing the side canyons as well.

    I did some searches and found that clockwise is the best way to go, and you can start up on Islands in the Sky and drop down, or pick up the trail from the Potash Mine.

    Some have recomended that you carry enough gas to run the trail backwards to get out, if there is a road closed from landslide or washed out. athough I feel if you check in with the rangers before hand, they should know if the road has problems.

    I have also heard, and I have some first hand info as well, if you take a cell phone, they acually work if you can find a spot with a "line-of-sight" with the La Sal Mts. A flight plan left with a friend is always a good thing..:clap

    I am pumped up about this ride, should be a blast.

    Bob
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  14. MotoRogue

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    Rode the White Rim in May last year. It will be an all day ride so, unlike our sleeping in mishap :dutch (which put us back to base camp around midnight), I would leave early, take your time and take in the sights. It is a very long ride timewise, but I believe it is only approximately 110 +/- miles. It is unnerving riding it in the dark and the temp really can drop. You will be fine on the KLR and probably the Sherpa but take a syphon tube just in case........

    Watch the weather because if you get dumped on it gets very slick. We saw very few people on the WRT and it is remote and unforgiving so plan accordingly.

    Moab is a wonderful place to ride with a great vibe!!! :nod

    Have fun and be safe.
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  15. Jeff@TheQuadShop

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    I didn't see a single person when I rode it in July, it took me a total of 7 hours to complete. 143 miles with an average speed of 20mph.

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  16. Exurban

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    Wow. That looks positively breathtaking. I'm about to get into the ADV thing and wasn't aware of the possibilities available with a set of knobbies in this country. That's going on my to-do list.
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  17. Bob On This

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    Neduro,

    Ordered you DVD today.
    Looks like a great deal.:clap

    Thanks
    Bob
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  18. Nabucco

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    How advanced is the ride? Feasible on a 1150GS?
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  19. neduro

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    Cool! Thanks...

    It depends on your skill. It is certainly doable on an 1150, but at times, there are significant stretches of soft sand, and there are always lots of rocky bits that would take caution on that bike.
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    Funny thing when I was out there last year: We were at Deadhorse Point and could send/recieve text messages, but not make phone calls...
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