|11-08-2010, 09:27 AM||#1|
Joined: Nov 2010
My trip from Rabbit Valley to Moab via Kokopelli.
145 miles one way
I left solo, no one else wanted to try this with me.
There are many bail out points, commitment for this ride is less than many long rides.
I began at what I thought was 7, but being daylight savings, turned out to be 8. The day was getting off to a bad start. One hour behind before engine turned on...
The trail is extremely well marked.
The trail is mostly dirt road.
There is a section of single track north of Dewey bridge that is offlimits to moto, im not sure why, it is very rideable... This is not it.
Crazy canyons are everywhere. See the little single track down low? Next time...
View of La Sal mountains in distance. Kokopelli trail goes just to right side of snow capped peaks, a long ways away. The trail is actually mostly road. A fast road. There are many sections of 5th and 6th gear.
Looking at Dewey bridge from above.
In the first hour I had a flat...
Not very many miles...
Lesson #110: Bring extra CO2 and skip the dinky pump(see it on rim)
Rosegarden Hill is the main challenge on this ride.
I rode down this. The line is somewhere in the middle.
Going up is a lot harder and the only real challenging section of all 145 miles. I rode up this last spring, it was very hard. Alone and tired on the return, I opted to avoid it.
Looking down from the same spot
If this section were slightly improved, the other direction(from Moab to Fruita) would be much more enjoyable.
Heavy rains caused some major washouts. This is the trail or lack of.
Same place, sideview
There is an easy way around.
The last section of bowling ball single track linking La Sal loop road with Sand Flats.
All trips to Moab have to include Milts. Rootbeer whip and tater tots!
The trip took 5 hours one way with my flat. Without the flat is would have been around 4+ with very little stopping and minimal route finding.
I returned via pavement because of my delays and lack of planning(no more tubes or patch kit=dumb)
I got another flat on the return even on the pavement and discoverd my crankcase had lost all its oil!
So i stuck my thumb out, hitched to Rabbit Valley and returned to recover bike.
Next time ill leave earlier in the springtime when there is more daylight.
Heading north to link up Rabbit Valley to Kokopelli to Moab then through Green River and Book Cliffs looks possible but far. 300+ miles all on trails and dirt.
|11-08-2010, 02:47 PM||#4|
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: Somewhere west of Laramie...
Ooooooh, I was waiting for the Rose Garden Hill photos!
It's very hard to show just how steep that section is - like you say, going up [on a bike] would be nightmare these days, it's so loose and broken up...
Good job we were going downhill too (this was in September):
Looks like you had a fantastic time!
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|11-09-2010, 01:22 PM||#6|
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Boulder, Co or lost in Mexico....again
I WANTED to go but unlike the dog I didn't feel comfortable leaving my 7 year old son at home by himself with a dish full of food. Count me in for your next trip out there!
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|11-10-2010, 10:12 PM||#8|
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Orange County
I live in Cali but my in-laws live in Grand Junction. I was wondering if it was possible to make that trip between GJ and Moab. I want to get back out there with my bike and check out some trails!
|11-11-2010, 08:35 AM||#9|
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: Placerville Co.
Nice pics. Where was the first one taken? I don't recognize the mopuntain in the background but I do see what appears to be a steep single track trail up the side of it.
|11-11-2010, 09:00 PM||#10|
Joined: Nov 2010
The picture was taken from the la sal loop road, looking down the single trackish trail leading to sand flats road. It is one of the best section of trail.
|11-11-2010, 10:26 PM||#11|
Joined: Apr 2006
Very cool. Thanks for sharing. The hill does not look GS'able.
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