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Old 06-02-2009, 08:35 PM   #1
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Riding there is worth 1,000 pictures (SE Utah)

Father/son trip to SE Utah.

Day 1 & 2:

Departing from Baton Rouge:


Arriving at Bluff, Utah:

Day 3: Bluff to somewhere along the Burr Trail:

Breakfast at Twin Rocks Cafe (Bluff):

Bluff to Buttler Wash Road (runs north-south from 163 to 95):

On our way from Buttler Wash to Halls Crossing (via 95 and 276):

Paying Glen Canyon entrance fee at Halls Crossing; Lake Powell in the distance:

We had time for pizza and beer at the Halls Crossing Marina. Here we are waiting for the John Atlantic Burr Ferry to Bullfrog Marina:

We used MX boots for the first time on this our 3rd annual father/son off road trip...traded price and initial lack of comfort for peace of mind...well worth it.

Past Bullfrog, still on 276, on our way to Burr Trail:

Burr Trail was used in the late 1800's as a cow path to move cattle to market:

Had been the road was closed to traffic...except motorcycles...

Best of Day: Burr switchbacks over Waterpocket Fold: 1,500 feet in about a mile:

Afternoon rain was the story the first couple of days...looking for a place to camp somewhere on our way to Boulder:

Not a soul in miles around the campsite on a side road off of the Burr Trail, south of "The Lampstand" in an area called "The Flats":

Dinner and end of Day 3:

More of the trip tomorrow...
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:39 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing, and can't wait for more of the story and Images.

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Old 06-03-2009, 06:45 PM   #3
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Day 4

Sunrise at The Flats (off Burr Trail, UTAH):

Preparing the breakfast of champions:

Somewhere along the Burr Trail on our way to Boulder:

One of our favorite signs:

Burr Trail is inside the canyon between the bikes:

Almost to Boulder:

Boulder Mesa pit stop felt like Colorado or the Alps:

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Old 06-03-2009, 07:03 PM   #4
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Day 4 continued:

Meet the Desert Doctor on his way to rescue another rider on the Burr Trail.
You You all know by now he has the only motorcycle shop in 200 miles in the town of Escalante on 12. We met him at the Boulder Mesa Restaurant. Visit to his shop well worth it even if you don't need a repair. Really nice guy. Gave us a map, tips, things to do in the area, etc. and his card, with GPS coordinates and all...

On 12 with the Escalante River below:

Finally, destination for the next several days: Hole in the Rock road...

Our plan was to explore and hike several of the canyons there...

We raced the storm all the way to our first stop, the Dry Fork of the Coyote Gulch.

This is after the storm passed:

Before that, we had packed our backpacks, hiked down the canyon and it rained, hailed and the Dry Fork had so much water we decided to hike out of the canyon and back up to the trailhead. By the time we set up the tent, it stopped raining...So we went back down to the canyon:

It was a lot scarier with rain and hail...

Here's one of the slot canyons, Spooky or Peekaboo, we think:

What technique:

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Old 06-03-2009, 07:33 PM   #5
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Awesome! I used to work at Lake Powell (Bullfrog Marina) back in the 80's...I sure do miss it..

Keep the pictures coming!! and yea..I'm jealous of your trip!

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Old 06-03-2009, 07:52 PM   #6
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Day 5

Next day we packed up and rode to Hole in the Rock. Fantastic dirt road, scenary, etc. Easy for expert standard, but just the right amount of fun and variety for us.

Loose rock...



Even some slickrock...

Yeah, yeah, you've heard it before, it is steeper than it looks in the picture, etc....

So there it is, Hole in the Rock with Lake Powell 2,000 feet below:

plenty of parking:

Now, how in the hell did 200 Mormon men and women, 50 children, 200 horses, 1,000 head of cattle and 80 wagons traveled from Escalante in November 1879 to this place, and hammered their way through the rock to form the "hole", descended to the Colorado River, portaged across and founded the town of Bluff miles and miles away?

The feat is beyond comprehension once you ride from Bluff and hike to the river.

Note the steps carved on the rock:

Editorial: all I can say is that these are sad days for the US. While we were hiking this remarkable trail, the US government bailed out General Motors. These mormons of 130 years ago weren't waiting for their Social Security checks, their Medicare cards, state education for their children, a bailout from Salt Lake City elders, let alone Washington DC. They didn't ask the Fed's Department of the Interior for a permit to blast through the damn rock, they didn't beg for workers comp, they weren't waiting for healthcare reform, they didn't have food stamps or Medicaid, they didn't ask FEMA for help...They relied on themselves, exclusively. We've become a nation of sheep and sissies begging for government handouts...

Enough complaining...The plunge in Lake Powell was priceless...

Fresh filtered water for the next day:

After the hike up, more rain on the way so we camped near Hole in the Rock:

And took a little hike at dusk...

The plan was to get to Lewellan Gulch and return to camp:

Here's the start of Lewellan or one of its tributary canyons:

After that, things really took a bad turn, we miscalculated the amount of time we'd been hiking and night came very quickly...without being able to see distant mountains to triangulate our way back and without lights or GPS (dumb, dumb, dumb) we lost our bearings. If yo've never been lost ( I hadn't), it is true, you walk around in circles...By midnight, with temperatures dropping, and with what seemed to be some pretty steep drops toward Lake Powell, we decided to call it quits and bivoac on the slickrock behind some steep rocks for protection from the wind until sunrise...The night was beautiful and terrifying, windy, cloudless, tons of shooting stars, the Milkyway, etc...but none could be enjoyed since we were freezing our behinds. We couldn't really sleep. We both prayed a lot....
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:16 PM   #7
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Good old Utah

Great trip. Riding in southern Utah is one thing everyone should experience.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:18 PM   #8
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Loving this!

Going to be there in a few weeks, please keep the pics coming! Great job!
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:17 PM   #9
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Wow! That is almost an exact copy of the trip I did a couple of years ago with my son and daughter but in a Honda Pilot (Comb Ridge, Burr Trail, Escalante, Dinosaur Tracks along Hole in the Rock Road, Egypt). We didn't go all the way to see Hole in the Rock though. I think we even camped at the same place you did on top of Waterpocket Fold. Was the place labeled on the map as a picnic area only? That was the case for us but we spent the night as Lake Powell was +100 degF. At that camp spot it was like +70 degF. Perfect! I don't want to hijack your thread but here are some pix from our trip.

Muddy cave bottom outside of Escalante, UT

The same arch in your shot along the Burr Trail

Along Burr Trail with Lake Powell in distance

Kayaking in Lake Powell

Approaching Boulder Mesa, UT

Now how am I going to get across?

The last day in Utah we stopped at the visitor center in Escalante and watched a short movie. My daughter was wiped out.

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Old 06-03-2009, 10:37 PM   #10
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Great ride and photo's , do you have a map of your route ? I'd like to make this ride along with my son, doable on v stroms ? we are both A enduro riders , thanks for the info. senior stromer
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:54 PM   #11
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i think your picture is the main dry wash of coyote.
after you decended down, this is the canyon upstream (to the left when entering down in)

this is what peakaboo & spooky look like. much tighter.
did you hike down the main wash (to the right) and go around the bend (to the left) to find these?

do you remeber entering this slot (straight in looking)?
my wife named it vagina slot.

we camped straight back from it:

it was well matched with dick rock that we camped near in kodachrome basin (below bryce)

you stop at devil garden on hole in the rock?

we hoped to make it to powel, but it was too nastey. love those pics!

you see calf creek camp ground on 12?
this is what is at the end of the hike from the creek.
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:08 PM   #12
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Eek amazing

that looks like the trip of a lifetime! with your son even. that had too be soo cool! thank you very much for posting this trip report. i gotta go see these places for myself! you sir, have inspired me to "go there, and do that." thanks again.:cla p
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:41 PM   #13
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Great ride report....I was recently there myself....... more pictures please!
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Loving this report,Utah is a beautiful place,thanks for sharing
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:10 PM   #15
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Thank you for the RR. Great report. I love that area, and have been through there many times. I do wonder??? All the sand, water, mud, gravel etc. you obviously know how to ride. Good bikes, roadable too...why the trailer?
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