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Old 10-11-2011, 01:05 AM   #50
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Sand Cove Rd and Gunlock Reservoir

Here's the continuation . . . while heading north on Highway 18, just past Dammeron Valley, look for mile marker 18. Shortly thereafter is your left turn onto high quality dirt.

Entrance sign. Two little reservoirs, on essentially a desert road. Also, when floods on the Santa Clara River damaged several bridges a few years ago, this road was the only access for the town of Gunlock for several weeks.

Most of the road is quite fast, but there are a few curves and some loose gravel on the descents. Caution is in order. Quite a few side tracks for exploring although none have any distance. Lots of primitive camping and day use.

Upper Sand Cove Reservoir - the larger of the two reservoirs.

There is a large (old) pipeline that runs parallel to the road for a good distance. Some old engineering stuff in the area that is quite interesting. Rabbit bush in full bloom. Late afternoon light.

Idiot shot, straight into the setting sun. Easy dirt, taken at modest speed.

Car off the road. Much earlier in the day, we were on this road heading for a family hike. My 10-year old son saw this car and was amazed at how badly the driver missed the road. Led to a good discussion about high school dances and appropriate behavior. We'll see how much sticks. We suspect the driver of this car was a homecoming party-goer. Oops.

A few pics from the hike, just off this road. (Earlier the same day.) Limited trail. Mostly exploring on slickrock. Feature is know as the Camel's Hump.

Wife and son, striking a pose on the summit ridgeline.

Just under the summit. Terrific hike, lots of scrambling and route finding, about 3-4 hours. Best to avoid during hot summer days. Great time for hiking in southern Utah.

The parents came along. Did great for seniors with recent knee replacements. Very impressive!

Back to the moto ride . . . Lower Sand Cove Reservoir. Very small. Still popular with locals for fishing, camping.

Shadow on rock wall on final descent into Gunlock. Look closely, FYYFF, the ADV salute.

End of Sand Cove Road at southern bridge of Gunlock. Santa Clara River.

Very impressive sign for Gunlock. This was an Eagle Scout project. The WRR is impressed!

Heading south on pavement from Gunlock, there is a ford (Santa Clara River) and dirt road heading west towards Manganese Wash. Save this for another day. Didn't want to get my feet wet, so just stopped to take a pic.

And the view downstream (south) towards Gunlock Reservoir. Lots of current/flow for this time of year.

A bit further down, the view just before the reservoir. Similar to a braided river.

Gunlock Reservoir at dusk. Full to capacity. Very popular with boaters during warmer months.

The "official" entrance to the state park is at the southern end of the reservoir.

Final pic of reservoir with Square Top Mountain in distance.

Full moonrise above distinctive lava and redrock layers. Very southern Utah.

Note: A very easy alternative route which is 100% pavement is to skip Sand Cove Rd and extend northward to Veyo. This is known as the Veyo loop, the bicycle route for the St. George Ironman. Veyo has gas, a simple diner, and a famous pie shop. Details in a future ride. Thanks for checkin' in. Ride safe, inmates.

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