Hog Canyon–Jan 2022

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Yesterday, a few of us trailered south toward Kanab, staged at Hog Canyon, then spent a few hours winching our machines up the 04 trail. Red Diamond rated, rutted up, steep up-hill and melting snow made it quite a challenge. Two of us made it up, the others turned around.. Great day, followed by a quick trek to the Barracks where we conquered sand mountain!

Garmin tracks included in this post..
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Above photos are from the morning sunrise at the KLR (my small ranch near Panguitch)
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At first glance, and laying on the ground, I thought this was thong underwear (because there were a ton of alcohol bottles nearby too), but NOPE - COVID mask way up here on the trail. COME ON, PEOPLE!!


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Garmin tracks below..


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On Saturday, 5 December, I made the super dark drive starting at 0500 to reach Green River for a 9am link-up with the At Your Leisure (AYL) TV crew and a few other participants. The end objective was to run into the White Sands Wash sand dunes area and film a clip for an upcoming show.

We gathered at the Conoco at the East side of Green River and started our ride. I believe all told, there were about 10 machines in our group. We stopped nearly every mile to capture film footage to include overhead drone. After ~2 hours or so, we arrived at the mesa overlooking the sand dunes and Chad and Ria filmed their introductions.

From there, I departed solo in my CanAm Maverick X3 Turbo R to the East and North, crossing atop I-70 to hit the Book Cliffs before it was time to check-into the Quality Inn.

Finished the Book Cliffs run and banked south and West along the old interstate 70 road (broken pavement, etc) and proceeded to check into the Quality Inn while I waited for my friend Mike to arrive from his Cowboy shoot near Price.

Used the BBQ grill at the hotel to grill up a great steak sourced from Dry Lakes Beef out of Parowan with a nice Ceasar salad.

The next morning, we walked across to Tamarisk for a fine breakfast, jumped in our individual trucks and trailered to Exit 131 at the Wickiup where Mike unloaded his Polaris RS1 and I unloaded my CanAm X3.

From that location, 0830'ish, we banked North and ran around the Wickup before catching Coal Wash to Fix-it Pass to Devil's Racetrack. Devil's Racetrack to Coal Wash to Eva Conover to Eagle Canyon over toward Swaseys Cabin and back to the trucks.

A few photos.

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Starting from the south end of Cedar City, we proceeded to drive into Modena. From there, we hit the trails and ran North and West into the old ghost town of Stateline. Despite a recent fire having destroyed nearly all trees and vegetation, there will still quite a few wild Mustangs roaming the landscape.

A few photos and GPSr tracks.

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On Saturday, 25 Sept, 4 of us met up just off I-70 at the Clear Creek road exit. Our goal was to run North to find the newly marked PST336 trail.

We unloaded and started running the Pahvant range starting at the PST15. We ran nearly to Adelaide campground when we figured we must have missed the trail, so we backtracked, but not before myself and one other got a great bee-sting direct to the neck.

We backtracked a good ~5 or so miles before we sign the sign for "Charlesworth Valley" with a not so obvious PST336 marker, so we turned West and went down the trail.

Oddly enough, the trail starts as a 50" restricted, but the PST336 only lasted maybe .25 miles before it became the PST19 (also a new trail), that lasted maybe 5 miles before it too was renamed the PST20 (also a new trail), taking us all the way into Kanosh.

We had heard others refer to this trail as a "Challenge Course". Other than being narrow and ledgy, it was a nice winding, tree-lined trail into Kanosh.

GPSr tracks of the ride:

A few photos:
PST20 after .25 miles of the PST336

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PST19 after leaving ~5 miles of the PST20:

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Flash Flood of Lime Kiln Creek

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My new home is adjacent Lime Kiln Creek, normally a dry wash. Over the course of most of August, we got hammered by rain and Lime Kiln Creek turns into a raging river from all the rain up in Bryce Canyon / Casto Canyon area.

While this flooding doesn't directly impact my property (we've raised our lot well above the flood zone), the wash does cross what used to be a bridge. Water used to go UNDER the road leading to my house, but now that culvert is 100% plugged up and now that raging flood rushes over the top of the road making it impassable. It happened again today..

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Ranch to Powell Point

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Both my brothers drove down (one from Seattle area, the other from Vacaville, CA). We decided to take both Jeeps to the top of Powell Point.

After 3 weeks of hard rain, the upper sections of the trail were fairly washed out, but passable. Huge and deep puddles along the top, but we plowed through.

We got to the top only to find thunder and lightning starting up (fairly normal for this area). Got in a few pics and headed back down..
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5 Days in Mesquite (Nov 2020)

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While we originally had plans to travel to Australia for 3 weeks, the raging fires and Pandemic quickly put an end to those aspirations.

So, where else to go to celebrate 30 years of marriage? Mesquite, of course!


We reserved a newly built AirBnB house on the outskirts of town (because it had a private hot tub and was huge), packed up our gear into the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and off we went.

The plan was to offroad, gamble, eat well and just generally relax - Mission success on all points.


Up until the last day, the weather was fantastic.. averaging 88-90F, more than sufficient to take the roof off the Jeep and make our runs in the open air (that would later to prove a mistake!)

After a great dinner at the Eureka steakhouse, we relaxed the remainder of the evening. In the morning, the plan was to run South/East toward the North rim of the Grand Canyon, then to the North edge of Lake Meade. Game on!

The routes:

The Trek South / East from Mesquite:

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Coming off the final "Elbow Canyon" switchbacks.

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Calm before the storm:

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  GPSr tracks for the Mesquite Area:


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FYTO 2019

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With the inversion settling into the valley and temps hovering just above freezing, I jumped in my Land Cruiser, that I had packed Thursday night, and made my way to the Loves in Brigham City where I would meet 19 other vehicles to kick off the 11th annual Freeze Your Tail Off. FYTO is one of my favorite trips each year!
Temps in the 30's may seem cold at first, but if you have ever been on a FYTO event, or driven into the NW desert in Utah, you know you want temps in the 20's to avoid the snotty, sticky, slick as $#i+ mud in the area. Since I haven't figured out how to control the weather, the game plan was to find higher ground and avoid mud like the plague.
As I pulled into Loves, I saw a few familiar faces topping off tanks and assembling in the parking lot. I topped off the tank, grabbed some burritos from the C-Store, and started handing out waivers and sticker packets. Once everyone arrived, we held a quick drivers' meetings and hit the road toward Golden Spike National Monument.

We hit dirt and cruised to the Transcontinental Railroad Grade. Our first stop was the ghost town of Kelton. The stretch of road between locomotive Springs and Kelton is chewed up and slow going. I am super thankful it was still frozen when we got there! By the looks of the ruts, there were many less fortunate than we were. Along the way we spotted a bald eagle chilling on a fence post. It was Amazing!

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Arriving in Kelton, we circled the vehicles at the Cemetery to stretch our legs and air down tires. We paused for a bit to admire other rigs in the group, get to know one another, and take some pictures. With temps on the rise, we made the call to stay as high as possible. We set sights on Element 11, Utah's local version of Burning Man, and set out on the road slightly less traveled.

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On 3 November, Mike and I staged at Little Moab. Our singular goal was to run Rattlensnake Canyon, a narrow 50" trail that drops down over the top of the mountain to the North end of the Tintic range. Having untouched snow on the ground made the ride even better. A geocache has been placed near the center of the trail and can be found at:

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC8FMJH_rattlesnake-by-bruteforce

A couple photos and GPSr tracks for this area:

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GPSr Garmin tracks found here:

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On ~5 October, Mike, Scott and I departed the Wasatch front at around 6:30pm en route to Circleville where we'd overnight at Butch Cassidy's Hideout Cafe' and Motel. While the Motel is quite comfy, we actually prefer to eat at the Circleville Cafe' down the street.

Our plan was to awaken Saturday morning, hit the Cafe' at 8am for a great breakfast, then ride up/over Rocky Ford en route to Antimony. What we had failed to realize was that this was the last weekend for the Elk Hunt. Hunters were easily every 100 feet along the trail down into Antimony.

Well, up Rocky Ford we went. That trail has not aged well and had several sections off-camber and ready to fall into the waterfall below.

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Though it seemed as if a trailcat went half-way up, it was totally clear that hardly a machine had crossed atop the waterfall and gone further ahead. Once we passed the waterfall, we came upon two trees down across the trail. The first, we could move easily enough, but the second was too large to cut with a hand-saw and too heavy to pull aside with the winch. Up/over it we went.

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Down into Antimony we went. We enjoyed great burgers/fries at the Merc, then departed back up the mountain via the PST73 switchbacks, following the Paiute 01 all the way toward Barney Lake.

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After stopping to rest a bit, we went up the mountain and were surprised to find that the USFS had rerouted a mile or so of the trail at the top. We saw evidence of a hastily blocked former trail:

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The ride down was uneventful, but it was a great sun-filled day, despite some cool temps.

A few videos from the climb up/down Barney Lake:

Part 1:

https://youtu.be/ysDQflTB1Oo

Part 2:

https://youtu.be/cA_E9LnouW8

Our full route; about 126 miles total:

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Garmin GPSr Tracks of the route:

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