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Old 06-28-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Recent Reports on UTBDR

I'm planning to ride the UTBDR in July or August. Anybody recently ride any or all of it for an update on the conditions of the trail or effects of fires? Also any opinions on the difficulty level of the sections?
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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Planning on the end of August/Sept.

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Old 07-01-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
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I'm wondering if the overall July-Sept optimal riding period has changed with all the other weather changes-maybe second half of Sept is late? Also wondering if the fires will cause sections to be closed? Heard anything?
Also wondering what those riding full size GS bikes think of the difficulty level.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:20 PM   #4
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I just ordered the map and downloaded the tracks. Might do some of it in early September on the KLR if it's not too gnarly..

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Old 07-04-2012, 11:29 PM   #5
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BigWan and I just started the UTBDR. I'll be doing a ride report once we get home (can't hang with doing a live report, sorry).
Yesterday we did section 1.
It was nice. The only hard parts were the sand and silt.

Comb Wash was all about silt (DEEP silt)



Butler Wash was all about sand...


Lots of sand. it went on forever! But, it was pretty rideable.
30-50 mph worked best for us (and we're a fricken overloaded schoolbus).


Today we did Section 2, up to Moab.
Did the hard split - Lockhart Basin/Hurrah Pass. It was AWESOME!
It was such great ride. Gorgeous scenery, challenging riding. Technical and super fun.
We were 2up on a KTM 990S, with full camping gear. Rode it all 2up, no walking for me

There were lots of rock steps, some sand, some rock garden-type areas.
It was a pretty long section, and today was hot. Mid to high 90s.

Here is one section of steps.
Going South to North, we rode down them and then walked back to take a photo looking up.




I left an ADV safety cone in the rocks right next to the steps.



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As I mentioned, I'll be doing a ride report later so keep an eye out for it and post up if you find the cone...





Here's one more teaser pic. More steps from Hurrah Pass.




The gnarliest steps were in a narrow canyon. Or maybe we were just tired. I couldn't take pics, I was holding on.
We have it on video, but you'll have to wait (too hard to upload while on the road).


So far, no effects from the fires. Maybe around Price? We'll find out soon, I guess.


As far as difficulty... We haven't watched the Touratech DVD, so we're just taking things as they come.
From what we've seen so far, the UTBDR in general isn't difficult. Lots of sand and silt, but that's it.
If you're wondering about the "expert" route/hard split of Section 2, BigWan doesn't consider himself an "expert" but we had a fantastic time. Loved it.

I can say that Lockhart basin/Hurrah Pass is WAY more technical than the White Rim Trail, if that helps.
It seems like you should be really comfortable on your loaded bike (whatever it is).
And super comfortable with rock steps (some are pretty steep), sand, silt, and loose rock gardens.
Lockhart/Hurrah went on for a long time. We were tired at the end and we went through it pretty fast. Got to Moab by 3pm.

If you're walking your bike in the hard stuff or picking it up a lot, you're going to be exhausted.
Bring lots of water. We didn't see anyone on the trail until the very end, when we got near Kane Creek.

Well, hope that helps.
Looking forward to reading your ride reports (don't forget to look for the cone)!
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:48 PM   #6
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also, google found this for me the other day...
A recent UTBDR report (on another forum), thought you guys might enjoy reading it.

here.


basically, more pics of sand and rocks. also, a cautionary tale about the need for a heavy duty bash plate...
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:16 PM   #7
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I want to go on this route but I have to wait a little while since work is getting in the way. I am going to try to do some of this toward the end of October but will keep an eye on this thread and others for updates.

Waiting on the ride reports............
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:05 AM   #8
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also, google found this for me the other day...
A recent UTBDR report (on another forum), thought you guys might enjoy reading it.

here.


basically, more pics of sand and rocks. also, a cautionary tale about the need for a heavy duty bash plate...

I want that cone!

read through your last couple of RR's when you put them up. Looking forward to the Utah RR. cheers!
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:45 AM   #9
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Well, we finished the UTBDR yesterday! It was great.
It took us 5 riding days, doing all the alternate (rocky) routes.
A couple days with around 250 miles, but we didn't feel rushed at all.

For those of you worried about having enough time to complete the trail,
If someone wanted to skip Lockhart Basin, they could probably do it in 4 or 4.5 days.
Weather permitting, of course.


Oh yeah, there was one trail near Mirror Lake (section 5) that was super rocky.
Trail 41, I'm pretty sure it was one of the alternate routes. It was a serious rock garden, so beware.
BigWan put it in our GPS without any notes, so it ended up being a real surprise.

Also, outside of Moab we ended up on the Porcupine Rim Trail.
Looking at the UTBDR map, it seems to be on the trail, so we didn't make a mistake.
I'm surprised they didn't give an alternate for this one - it's very rocky, with one large step section that's a real doozy.
You'll be going up the steps if you're riding South to North.
It added some excitement, though.

We have both 41 and porcupine rim on video if you can wait until august...

Anyway - UTBDR is a fantastic ride. Absolutely worth doing.
Practice your sand and rocks, though.
Hope you guys have a chance to do it. Have fun!
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:37 PM   #10
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Was Argyle Canyon open? According to inciweb it's still closed due to the church camp fire. -al
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:16 AM   #11
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Lil Wan, did you download the UTBDR from the website at TTech or create your own GPS trail? I'll check out the route carefully for Trail 41 and Porcupine Rim. There's a good chance I'll be traveling alone and don't want to end up on a route like that without a fellow rider. Great report from you guys-thanks a lot for the extra effort to put that out while dragging butt. Ride on.....
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:19 AM   #12
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July-August -- Expect triple-digit temps, and that is monsoon season. High of 101 F forecast for Moab today; even hotter next week, according to Intellicast.

Plenty of deep sand along the Kokopelli's Trail section north of Moab; plenty of sand on the section west of Green River as well.

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Old 07-11-2012, 02:03 PM   #13
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Was Argyle Canyon open? According to inciweb it's still closed due to the church camp fire. -al
We got about 20 miles into Argyle Canyon, then hit a road closure. The fire was 95% contained, but they were letting the homeowners back in to check on their homes.
I didn't mention the closure in that last post because they said the road was supposed to reopen on tuesday july 10 (yesterday).

The forestry guys suggested a detour that took us about 100 miles out of the way, but we only missed 25 miles of the trail.
We were bummed to skip any part of the trail, but the guys said we weren't missing anything - just lots of slick, greasy mud due to the thunderstorms. Boy, were they right. Had we been in Argyle Canyon that afternoon we would have had thunder/lightning, hail and heavy rain.

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Lil Wan, did you download the UTBDR from the website at TTech or create your own GPS trail? I'll check out the route carefully for Trail 41 and Porcupine Rim. There's a good chance I'll be traveling alone and don't want to end up on a route like that without a fellow rider. Great report from you guys-thanks a lot for the extra effort to put that out while dragging butt. Ride on.....
We got the tracks from the UTBDR website, then used the tracks to make a route.
Don't worry - if you're following their tracks, trail 41 shouldn't surprise you.
If you have the Butler map, Trail 41 is an obvious alternate route (section 5), listed as "rocky section."
The Touratech guys warn that the alternate routes in section 5 are for "advanced riders," and that they are "challenging and rocky."
We just suck at looking at the map and making notes in the GPS, so it was a surprise.
I didn't mean to freak you out.

And the Porcupine Rim Trail won't sneak up on you, either. There's a sign at the start of the trail.
To bypass it, just continue along on the main road.
You can always take a peek and then turn around and go back out - it's a short section.

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I want that cone!
Aww, I should have left more of those on the UTBDR...
It was such a great trail, we're really missing it now. I don't think the WABDR is going to be nearly as fun.

Have fun, guys. Good luck with the cone hunting!
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:40 AM   #14
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:56 PM   #15
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Awesome LittleWan. Thanks for the tips. Me and two other riders are heading over to do the UTBDR from North to South. We're driving to Pocatello Idaho and riding from there for 14 days! Down the UTBDR, then up through Colorado. Can't wait!
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