Moab - April 14-21

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Lonn17, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. Lonn17

    Lonn17 Adventurer

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    I'm hitching a ride with a buddy who is participating in the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab. I'll be bringing a 2015 Husky FE350 (street legal) and would interested in finding someone to do a bit of riding with. My off-road experience is pretty limited to the Pine Barrens in NJ so I'm proficient in sand but new to the "hard" terrain. I'm open to suggestions as well - especially any single track might be free of the main crowd.

    I know its not the ideal week but the accommodations are set and bike transport is free. I'll be spending some time in the Jeep as well.

    Thanks,
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  2. jjustj

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    find the schedule for where the safari is going and avoid riding those places...water, water water drink lots,!
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    J got it right. It's big country, so you can avoid the popular Jeep trails. It's also desolate, (in a pretty way) so if you are on your own, and fall down and go boom, you could be there FOREVER. So keep that in mind. Stay off the "Superman soil !!!!!!!!!". Its the black crusty stuff that begs to be crushed under foot. It's EXTREMELY fragile, as is much of the land out here. So please stay on the trail.
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    The cows that graze all over the blm land levitate over it when they are grazing! ( i kid, I kid!) cryptobiotic soil
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_soil_crust
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    pratered Jackpiner Supporter

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    Great advice from the other guys, I’d definitely second the water,water, water - even if it’s not hot, the altitude will suck you dry too.
    Sounds to me like you are a very lucky man! A great bike for Moab and a Jeep.
    Services will be busy so maybe think of hitting a grocery store and making a few meals. Buy some good beer before you get there!
    Ask around and start on some easier trails then figure out where you are comfortable. I’m an old guy and was on my 690, I started with Fins and Things just outside of town,it was fun. Went for Poison Spider next and was very humbled.
    It’s a huge area, you will be able to find some solitude.
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  6. Blakebird

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    a 690 is kind of a big bike for Poison Spider Mesa...it's my favorite place to ride, but a 525 can be a big bike there.
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  7. Lonn17

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll be sure to try out Fins & Things first - hopefully I get in early enough on day 1 to complete the loop; that feel good after 30+ hrs in the truck. I'll pick up the suggest map when out there and I've been warned about the Utah beer so stocking up beforehand will be priority #1.
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  8. Rogue_Ryder

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    You should be able to ride the Slick Rock Trail when you do Fins N Things. I have done it on an XR600 (Anything an XR600 can do a 690 can do). Cane Creek is another fun place to ride as well as Hook n Ladder (there will be no Jeeps on Hook N Ladder). Cane Creek will have some Jeeps but there's single track near there, there's also Sovreign single track on the north end of town.
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    pprO.R.A. Hipster Dufass

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    Sovereign single track for a first time Moab rider on a 690,,, not a good idea.
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