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Utah Canyonland Recommendations

Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by ThreePly, Mar 31, 2004.

  1. ThreePly

    ThreePly Adventurer

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    Two 650 GSs and an 1150 GSA are headed to the Canyonlands of Utah at the end of May. We are thinking about the Maze or the Needles so far. Any recommendations between the two or other suggestions? The 1150 GSA considers trails such as the White Rim too much for that heavy of a bike if that helps anyone know what we're looking for.
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  2. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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  3. Cf-Transplant

    Cf-Transplant Been here awhile

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    If it has rained in several days, may rain, is thinking about raining, stay off the road into the maze. If you start down and it has rained, the road is very slick and the drop is large.
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  4. Surly

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    Onion Creek looks particularly interesting :wink:
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  5. ThreePly

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    I agree.
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    jlundin Globe-Stomper

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    Trying to get drunk on 3.2 is soooo fun :D :lol3

    Bottle of Bombay, anyone?

    I'll do tips later - don't wanna PUI here...
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  7. cbmwgs

    cbmwgs Retired Adventurer

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    I have ridden both the Shafer trail and Onion Creek, both were excellent. I was riding a KLR at the time. I would not be afraid to attempt on a 1150GS.
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  8. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    Why O why didnt I think of that?
    Guess I should pick up the grolwer I left in Bozeman so I can "import" fine ale to the "unfine ale state"....thought I forgot eh JL? :freaky

    Just ordered this:
    Guide to Moab, UT Backroads and 4-Wheel Drive Trails

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/bo...&itm=1&vcqty=3&vcmod=1&vcprodid=9780966497625

    Heard it was good?
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  9. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    I have that book. I like it a lot. Great section in the back with all the way points for each of the trails listed.
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  10. Nessman

    Nessman From the western slope of the bell curve

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    No suggestions on trails as I'm a road guy at the moment but we did a Moab tour last summer and it was great. My Bro-in-law from Nampa rides a GS Dakar, my brother and I rode our Triumph RS's. He kept up just fine.

    We went back and forth between Idaho/Wyoming/Utah at almost every chance until we got to Evanston Wyoming. From Evanston highway 150 South is pure heaven, ride it to Kamas through Francis and head southeast toward Hannah on 35. :thumb

    I'd do the same trip again if there weren't a million miles of other roads beckoning my limited riding time.

    Matt
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  11. Ruskie

    Ruskie Banned

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    [​IMG]Man! Its all pretty great in Utah. Everywhere we've ridden has been great. Sure do want to be careful on the Big GS in certain areas as others have noted. But there is even some easy offroad inside Arches, and way up Castle Valley which is due east of the town of Moab. There is a lot of riding that is not necessarily popular because there is so much of it. Even up aroound Fish LAke, way up high you can ride offroad on old oil well access roads. Quite rocky but do-able.
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  12. Surly

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    UTMs...Great
    We will have a few GPS with us

    So I figure we gotta at least take a look at this Hogsback :evil
    Any other tough spots on the White Rim to look out for?
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  13. RushyUKOK?

    RushyUKOK? Been here awhile

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    Threeply,

    I am on a touring holiday of the west, currently in WA. Going to be in the Canyonlands middle/end of may. I have not really done any offroading but would love to do some light stuff (1110GS) with a group of you , safer than being solo!

    If we can meet up for a day or so that would be great.

    Best way to contact me is to email me as I cant get onto the site here too regularly;



    Cheers,

    Ian
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  14. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    got any hot fries RushyUKOK? ?
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  15. ThreePly

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    Ian,
    We can try and meet up there. We're not sure of the exact dates we'll be there yet but it looks like sometime the week of 24-28. We can let you know later when we pin down a date. You can have this forum automatically email you when someone posts to a subscribed thread. That way if you can't get to the site but can get to your email you can stay in the loop.
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  16. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    mmmm
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    You better get a pic of you riding a wheelie over musselman arch :evil It's been done. I was too chicken to even walk out on that span :eek1

    No other real problems on the white rim other than the hogsback - just long and bumpy. Plan on swimming in the Green to douse the dust layer...

    Somewhere toward the climb back up to the rim is where Thelma and Louise launched their ragtop into oblivion.
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  18. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    Where ats the muscle man arch?

    Time to change your avitar back

    You up for getting dirty this weekend?
    Looking for something to convince you TKCs are the way to go :eek1
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  19. caver

    caver Missouri The Cave State

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    Needles has a decent campground if you like quiet.
    Take your own groceries.
    I've run into lingering snow drifts up in the LaSals late May.
    I got as far as the snowmobile staging area on the way to Geyser Pass.
    Same problem heading to Miner's Basin.
    Yellowcat Mesa would be doable. the place is riddled with uranium mines
    that they are slowly capping off. Only problem there is recent flash floods might screw up the road. You might stop and ask Fred Hink at Arrowhead
    Motorsports in Moab. Loads of dual sport goodies in his new building.

    3.2 beer lovers,,,,
    You can regular "leaded" beer at the state run liquor store
    located across the side street at Ramada Inn in Moab.
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  20. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    But - alas - I'm a slug and will bring the toy hauler trailer, the KLX400s and the Buell M2. (Leaving the f650 Dakar w/pops this time)

    Some great rides for a gs would have to be mineral bottom, spring canyon, or all of white rim. If competent, (sand drifts) the willow springs back road into Arches, La Sals pass road can't be beat, Gemini Bridges is doable (one semi rough hill section but doable - done it on a dakar) Hurrah Pass. (not to miss) The Maze is really long on the gas stretch.

    Would also recommend if open, Canyonlands Needles area Beef Basin and over the Abajos to Bluff. Very nice. Dirt but not bad if dry. Lockhart Basin from the bottom up to the Colorado is nice and doable, but a turn around. Great slab riding abounds as well! Kinda envy you - I used to like taking the La Sal s through Geyser Pass then into Colorado on the Dakar! Good slab, scenic dirt!

    good luck, maybe we'll run into you!

    cb
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