Last year Old Sarge took the initiative to start the thread but he is working on other plans so I figured I'd go ahead and put it up here.
We had some good times last year with folks from all over enjoying Kane Creek Canyon, Top of the World, Metal Masher, Poison Spider and Shafer Trail
(with a bit of the White Rim Road
I plan to be there on Monday and Tuesday again this year and would like to offer to lead a couple of trails again on those days. I promise not to get you lost this time
). In addition, I plan to be there on Sat and Sunday as well in order to have more Moab fun.
Anyway, I think pretty much everyone made it out unscathed and without broken parts and am hoping maybe some additional challenge might be desirable by at least some attendees.
Another which I think many would really like is Elephant Hill
(which I've run several times including in the dark). Elephant Hill is just the really cool beginning to a great trail which includes steps, washes, Devil's Kitchen, SOB Hill, old rock art, a short hike to view the Confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers and more. It is over an hour south west of Moab in the southern entrance to Canyonlands. You weren't going to do anything else that day were you ? I consider it a must-do if you haven't before. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted in Canyonlands backcountry so folks with dogs CANNOT do this run. I think stock rigs can do this but lift, sliders and skids are recommended.
Other options include Hells Revenge
(not really difficult but makes for cool pictures), Fins 'n' Things, and Gold Bar Rim.
I may add other choices depending on what I run at Cruise Moab.
One suggestion is that we try to get rolling a little earlier in the mornings. It was really slow getting everyone moving from the City Market last year. I think we should shoot for maybe 8:30 so we can be moving at 9:00.
I'm planning to bring my mountain bike too. This assumes that I come up with a good way of securing it. In case anyone else might want to try a trail, keep me in mind. Last year's weather was good. Once we get close to trip time, the 15 day weather forecast should give us an idea of whether the Moab weather will be good again or more like Hell. http://www.climate-charts.com/noaa-us2/UT425733.png
Hope to see you there.
Preliminary Schedule: Subject to "adjustment"
Meeting at City Market, 426 South Main Street (just a few blocks south of downtown and on the east side of hwy 191) - gather on north end of parking area (the left as you drive in) - you can gas up at their gas station and pickup snacks, drinks, ice etc but please get there early enough to allow for all of this so we aren't held up.
In the pic below, City Market is the big white roofed building with the red tag. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot just below the work Grand. Their gas station is just above the word Uranium. Again, make sure to be there early to gas up and buy food and beverages.
We'll be concentrating as much on great scenery and views as we are on great wheeling. Most of you are driving a long ways for this and the Summit and a major breakage would be a big killjoy. There are some good obstacles mixed in with rock crawling, sand washes etc on these runs but nothing like what you would see on a trail like Cliffhanger (which we won't be doing). Bring your cameras !
Saturday 13th - Meet 8:30 and Depart 9:00
- should only be a handful of us so we'll just decide what to do when we meet at the store
Sunday 14th - Meet 7:30 and Depart 8:00
- May or may not have too many to run as just one group - Possibilities include 1) White Wash Sand Dunes, then back to see great view of White Rim from Island In The Sky/Canyonlands, then down Shafer Trail Switchbacks and back up Long Canyon (could also zip into Dead Horse State Park to see the great views) 2) Combination of Gold Bar Rim, Little Canyon, Bull Canyon, Gemini Bridges and Long Canyon
Monday 15th - Meet 7:30 and Depart 8:00
- One group Elephant Hill in Canyonlands (NO dogs on this trip and having some extra gas isn't a bad idea especially for gas hogs) - One group will head up Onion Creek to the LaSal Mountains (LaSal Pass or Geyser Pass)
Tuesday 16th - Meet 8:30 and Depart 9:00
- TBD, don't want this to be a long day as most will want to get to Ouray before dark to avoid the plentiful deer along the way - will divide into two groups. Some shorter run considerations for this day include Hells Revenge / Fins 'n' Things / Porcupine Rim area, Top of the World, Poison Spider (the ol' Moab must-do trails)
Tentative attendance - updated 6-28-13
Woodsman(James)--- Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues
Fly Jester(Devin) --- Sun, Mon, Tues
Old Sarge(Curtis)--- Sun, Mon, Tues
tlcntx(Tanya) --- Sun, Mon, Tues
tgormtx(Tom) --- Sun, Mon, Tues
westcoastgirl74(Kristen)--- ?Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues
AggieFJ08(Bryan)--- --- Mon, Tues
auburnjosh(Josh)--- Sun, Mon, Tues
cmw7373 Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues
Solid E --- --- Mon, Tues
Football751 --- Sun, Mon, Tues
TxFj85 --- Sun, Mon, Tues
Shannon67 Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues
TxAggie --- Sun, Mon, Tues
Garydk --- --- Mon, Tues
VOODOO71 --- --- --- --- Cancelled due to back injury
Get well !
Zombinator(Tom) --- --- Mon, Tues
weiln --- --- --- Tues
xsists --- ?Sun, Mon, Tues
All-Pro (Sarah) --- --- --- Tues
DudeGirl (Kimberly) --- --- Mon Tues
Magnanimous Sat Sun --- ---
Lmmmmm / Primer ?
jimmiee --- --- --- Tues