Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. lookatdirt

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    Great campground halfway up the Gorge. Cedar Pocket. Nothing special but it was only like $6 a night and it’s got great views. Too bad the stupid BLM closed it a year and a half ago for “improvements”. Supposed to open again but who knows when.
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  2. lookatdirt

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    Wow. THAT would be a loooong ride
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    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    Not for Chillis that’s like a run to the store remember this is the kinda guy that would run to Chicago then New York to compare pizza slices on a scooter if time permits
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  4. Chillis

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    Almost to Montana!

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    Looks like you made a good choice on those tires, for all the slab you do. I been riding some dirt trails and gravel roads on Metzler enduros, a lot like those Dunlops. All good except braking on gravel, lots of sliding, otherwise OK.
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  6. Chillis

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    The goal of this ride was to check out the Silver King Mine and see others I'd found on the map also located in the Tushar Mountains.

    First thing to do was to get to Beaver, UT and then start climbing. That was the pic above at one of the parking areas. The road goes up to a ski resort and along the way there are forest service roads that go up over 11,000 feet. Lots of camping and older folks cruising their UTV's.

    Pretty quiet.

    As you climb the views are stunning. The colors. Rolling grass covered hills with different mineral outcroppings. The pics will do the area no justice.

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  7. keithg

    keithg Been here awhile

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    Careful with "older folks on UTV'S"
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  8. Chillis

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    Yesterday brought the realisation of how awesome and unique Nevada is. While scoping out all of these awesome places to explore in Utah, all of the good stuff was on private property. I wasn't able to see much of what I'd hoped to. Plus, most mine sites had been caved in to keep the would-be explorers out. I digress.

    As is usual there are so many picture opportunities and not enough time for my intentions but we still stop for a few here and there. Sometimes I don't even know why, looking back, I'd stopped at particular spots. Pictures versus reality often not conveying the same emotion.

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    It is pretty everywhere though. The weather is cool. Not a bad place to be. Trails were all well graded if a bit unchallenging. When I did find some singletrack I did shy away due to signage that said "most difficult". My guess is it probably wasn't but solo long days means no major chance taking.

    Tried an offshoot from trail 123(which was the main trail you see in the pics) but as I got up to a small opening, the other offshoots to climb further in the mountains were all blocked by logs.

    Grabbed a quick photo where folks had put a camp fire ring and blasted out of there because the bugs were putting on their chef hats and figuring out which recipe of Chillis they were having tonight.

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    Back down the offshoot trail which I'm too lazy to look up:

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    Before I got to the Silver King Mine I'd stopped for a pee break and snapped a quick glamour shot of the Husky in the woods.

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  9. Chillis

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    Silver King Mine: I'll let the sign do the talking. Neat little place but it is locked up. Don't plan on going inside the cabin.

    You'd also have to bring a shovel or be a bean pole to get into the mine. Neither of those applied to yours truly.

    Without further ado:

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    Kind of neat but I've seen some really impressive mine sights in my time so I was let down by this.
  10. Chillis

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    Now it is time to see if I can find my other markings on the map. As I'm following the roads in the pine forest around the mountains there is a sign that deflates my hopes at some good sights. "Private property for the next 3.x miles".

    Wouldn't you know it that this is where the old mining town of Kimberly was. Damn Youtaw!

    I cruised some more trails to see what I could find.

    Shipping container, mostly empty.
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    Then the trail popped out onto a hilltop aside the mountain. Photo dump time!

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    If you look closely I'm the next photo you can see I-70 down there:

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    Zoomed in on the phone to see somebody's camp site up here in the mountains:

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    The views out here are nice. Trails very easy. I'm not a camper yet but I'd really like to bring the family out to a place like this and spend a day and a half or so. Not too long as I'd be bored silly. Could 100% go for a day, set camp, hang out and enjoy the scenery and leave the next morning.
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  11. Chillis

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    Leaving the hilltop I grab a quick Creek photo and of a collapsed mine site as I'm headed towards I-70.

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    Old run down mining site:

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  12. Chillis

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    Once I got to I-70 it was all fenced and no easy access to the highway. I followed what ended up being rancher tracks to ranch land which went nowhere. Wasted a bunch of miles/time doing that.

    Eventually I'd find access back to the highway by the Fremont Indian State Park. Not before snapping this:

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    No idea what that was or used for. Was going to put the bike in there but it went maybe 3 feet in.

    Once to the highway I weighed my options of where to go next. Was thinking of maybe run highway 50 over a bit into NV and then south to home or go back towards Fish Lake.

    Fish Lake won the choice so I slabbed a bit until reaching the town of Joseph, UT. Exited the highway and fueled up. Then took rural roads to the 119 which was a beautiful set of twisty road up over a hill to connect with UT-24 and the way to Fish Lake.

    No pics of the 119 and it isn't a very long road but the pavement was clean and crack free and the turns maintained a nice flow up over the mountain and the scenery is pretty to look at. Red Rock formations with varied banding colors.

    On the way to Fish Lake you go through the largest and oldest known living organism, the Pando Aspen Clone. Aspen trees are part of a large root system that sprout up trees whenever and wherever they can. You aren't looking at a single Aspen tree but just one "branch" of the giant under the ground.

    I climbed up a trail near the "Pando" for some pics that don't really show it off very well. Matter of fact, this section was subject to a fire.

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    There were also storms around the area which I never got into but did hit some wet road post rain.

    It is nice and cool up here in the afternoon(and every other time) and I'm starving so I stop at Bowery Haven and get a lettuce wrapped bacon cheeseburger. No food pics because a lettuce wrapped burger is sort of a travesty. The view though:

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  13. Chillis

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    Where to go next? I remember wanting to see Hell's Backbone and I'm solo and on a dual sport. Probably not a good decision, looking back and I've no intention of seeing this place again.

    So we're off to Highway 12(one of the best roads in the country IMO) and just after Grover, UT, a Sheriff hits the rollers on me. I was cruising quick in a very slow speed limit section in the middle of nowhere with nobody around. I waved and slowed down.

    A few turns later going into the mountains there were these(which, due to the sheriff, I'd slowed my roll for):

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    Thank you UT Sheriff's department!

    This was going to be a repeated theme over this mountain(cattle in the road) which is a favorite section of twisty road of yours truly.

    Obligatory Larb Hollow Overlook pics:

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    Looking out over Lower Bown's Reservoir and the Henry Mountains named after Joseph Henry.

    Stolen from Wikipedia: Joseph Henry was an American scientist who served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He was the secretary for the National Institute for the Promotion of Science, a precursor of the Smithsonian Institution. He was highly regarded during his lifetime.
  14. Chillis

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    Still cruising along I get to the northern turn off for Hell's Backbone and go for it. Once it turns to dirt there is a lot of washboard and I'm glad to be on a dual sport. I wouldn't take anything other than an off-road capable vehicle here. Even found a whole front clip from a Mercedes on the trail at one point.

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    The road to get here is a washboard hell with a pea gravel dusting over the top. It just isn't fun unless you have a WRC car or a truck with aired down tires and rear diff locked.

    This is why I don't ever plan on going back out. It took what seemed like forever to get there and although it was neat, the reward wasn't justified in the trek.
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    Quick video. Not sure what I said or if it even looks halfway decent. I was pretty beat by that time.

    No pics the rest of the way back which was over 300 miles still.

    Long story short is I went from Escalante to Bryce Canyon, then to UT-89 to Hatch. Cut through Hatch over to Brianhead and down to Parowan.

    Slabbed back from there stopping in Mesquite to wash the bike(they have my favorite spray and wash).

    Home at 3:15am and mileage over 800. Not sure exactly because I didn't check the odometer before I left and the Googles doesn't know what to do for mileage when you are off-roading.

    Oh yeah, I hurt!

    Backpack destroys my traps after a long run.
  16. staticPort

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    I've enjoyed Utah route 12 numerous times; always regretted not taking time for the side trip to Hell's Backbone. Now I can regret it a bit less--Thanks for the pictures!
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  17. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    The Trailmax Mission are an anomaly. They do very well under many scenarios. Off road they do need a little airing down(at least on the lightweight Husky).
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  18. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    You need a drone to get good pics of it.

    Have to look into why they did the bridge in the first place because there isn't anything immediately telling as to why it should even be there.
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    Nice! :thumb Thanks for taking the time to post. Some familiar places.
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  20. lookatdirt

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    Wow
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