Moab Sampler

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Critic, dirty dave, and I recently enjoyed some riding around Moab.

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    We'll share pictures and information (and maybe some GPS tracks) about the following:

    Chicken Corners (M)
    Poison Spider (D)
    Golden Spike (D)
    Gold bar Rim (D)
    White Rim (M)
    Kane Creek (D)
    La Sal Pass (up to the snow-in)
    Sovereign ATV/Copper Range
    Seven Mile Rim (D)
    Jackson Hole Trail

    Details to follow. :D
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  2. Gunslinger1

    Gunslinger1 GIVE'R

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  3. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    Dang! nice to see you don't rest:thumb

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  4. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Thanks for the teaser pics!! :thumb

    Keep it comin' :lurk
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  5. Blakebird

    Blakebird r - u - n - n - o - f - t

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    that is a very cool shot
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  6. G.Gordon

    G.Gordon Nation of Frustration

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    Good to meet you on the trail.:thumb

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  7. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    We enjoyed running into you guys as well. Small world for sure.
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  8. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    We drove in from the Swinging Bridges ride in Missouri. This was the scene along the Colorado River as we approached Moab.
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    We got squared away at our cabin and got suited up. To warm up a little, we made a run out to the Chicken Corners. It is about a 30 mile ride one-way from town. It is listed as moderate in difficulty and is a scenic run overlooking the Colorado River.
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    Dave stops to check out some petroglyphs along the way.
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    I don't have my reading glasses, so I can't tell you what it says. Perhaps something about good off-road riding in the vicinity?
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    Critic on his KTM.
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    Hurrah Pass
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    Dave standing on a ledge. (big drop)
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    Dave on Hurrah Pass shelf road.
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    Don't miss any corners in the pass . . .
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    Critic trying out Cannon's DRZ.
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    We headed back to town to refit, and then headed out on the next series of much more difficult trails. Up next, Poison Spider, Golden Spike, and Gold Bar Rim.
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  9. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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  10. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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  11. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Now that we were warmed up we made a run on three trails that are linked together. We did the Poison Spider, Golden Spike, and Gold Bar Rim. The route below runs about 30 miles one way. This route takes a bit longer to ride as there are a lot of steps and obstacles to deal with.
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    Heading out toward Potash to the trail head. Lots of climbers on these walls along the Colorado River.
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    Lots of steepness, loose rock, and steps.
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    Lots of steps of varying degrees of difficulty. The nice thing about our group was that everyone was pretty capable so we were able to ride along without much difficulty or delay. But, there were some tough sections that resulted in some get-offs or tipovers that required additional muscle to negotiate. I think we all took a few dives along this route. I know I took a wheel kick on some steps that resulted in a stall and in me sliding back down backwards (no brake traction) until I went over the last step on the bottom and crashed. I saw Dave with his bike upside down after he went down a steep step in the wrong spot (can't always see too well what the drops are like until you are there). Between us all, we had a few spills. No injuries and good fun though. Wear full gear.

    This set of steps isn't too bad. Some get taller and steeper.
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  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    This shot looks down on the US Gov't's UMTRA project which involves cleaning up radioactive uranium mine tailings just outside of town. I wonder how much radioactive dust we were breathing when the wind was 30-40 mph from that direction.
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    Looking down on the City of Moab. The La Sal Mountains are in the background. We took a ride over there a couple of days later.
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    Critic and Dave
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    Cannon thinking about jumping . . .
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  13. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Some of these rocks roll or kick out as you climb.
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    Minor collision.
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    As usual, sometimes this stuff is steeper or more difficult than the pictures portray.
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  14. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Thanks for the second dose!! :thumb

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  15. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Critic doing a down and up. Pretty steep.
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    The dip at the bottom.
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    Critic coming out. You really have to hit the throttle on the way down to make it up the other side. Lots of fun! (just don't screw up)
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    This is an obstacle that can be difficult for jeeps and bikes. The scale is not real clear - it is wider and deeper than it appears in the photo.
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    Tomorrow we ride the White Rim Trail (counter clockwise).
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  16. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    word that
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  17. Zrexrob

    Zrexrob Back in the South...yep!

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    Wow!
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  18. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    Moab looks like a really tough but interesting ride.

    More pics please, Vicar.
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  19. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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    OMG, these pics kicks ass. Keep 'em coming! :thumb :bow :eek1 :beer :super
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  20. ThumperDRZ

    ThumperDRZ Bouncing off Rocks!

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    Nice photos Cannon :clap ....looks like some butt puckering riding. You guys have had a good run this past week or so. Nice!
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