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Event: Moab Sinlgetrack... in the forest!

in California Events
Added by land lover , --

Taking place Aug 11, 2007 through Aug 12, 2007 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Ranged Event)

land lover

Benefit Ride in La Sal State Forest
August 11 & 12, 2007

Elite Motorcycle Tours is hosting a couple BITCHIN’ DAY-LOOPS to support Ride with Respect, non-profit.

(Ride with Respect adopts shared-use trails and educates visitors of Moab. If you donate fifty bucks, it goes into the nonprofit's bank account. Then an employee earns that fifty bucks by, say, moving boulders around the Sovereign Trail. In other words, this is a worthy cause.)

While Moab is 100F in summer, its backdrop is a cool 75.

The La Sal Mountains are mostly national forest, which only offer a few primitive roads for motorcyclists. But on the far side is a state forest which allows travel on existing routes. For five years, Ride with Respect has developed a singletrack network out of overgrown roads and cattle trails.

Dale Parriott, myself, and a handful of volunteers have spent at least 1,000 hours caring for this system, and are working with the state to designate it for public enjoyment. Until then, here's your chance to reap the fruits of our labor, and contribute to responsible recreation.

On Saturday (8/11) at 8AM we'll stage from the south end of Spanish Valley (directions below). Heading east, we'll cross over La Sal Pass and above tree-line to the state forest. Then it's onto the singletrack, which passes mountain lakes and boulder fields among aspen and spruce trees. The trails are generally tight with good traction. After this northward traverse, we'll turn back west, over Geyser Pass, and then catch some two-tracks for an interesting finish.

On Sunday (8/12) at 8AM we'll stage from the north end of Old La Sal (directions below). Nearby are some remote mining roads within a pinion and juniper woodland. As we climb northwest to the state forest, the scenery will turn to scrub oak and ponderosa pine. Up top, the singletrack will differ from the previous day. Watch for grouse, deer, elk, and even bear. Then its a long way down the Twomile drainage to complete our loop.

Elevation will start at 5,500 feet, rise to 10,500, and mostly hover around 8,500. Each day will include expert terrain, and sixty-five miles... give or take ten. If your range is less than seventy-five miles, pack some extra gas. Your bike needs to be currently registered, spark-arrested, and muffled (maximum 96 decibels, or 92 for brownie points).

Also bring a tool kit, lunch, 100oz of water, and a waterPROOF jacket. Did I mention the suggested donation of $50 per day? Cash is good, or checks to "Ride with Respect." We'll get the transactions over with before riding, but you can always give more afterwards.

So what are you getting out of this deal? First, you'll have me leading and another guide to sweep. Second, you'll have the distinguished honor of helping to develop a trail system with proper management. Third, you'll have the BEST ride of your summer... above Moab!

Please RSVP by 8/4 to cliftonkoontz at yahoo dot com, in case I need to find extra guides. Happy Trails -Clif

Directions to Staging Areas:

Saturday, it's approximately a fifteen-minute drive from Moab. Head south for about ten miles on Highway 191. After mile marker 114 (but before ascending Blue Hill), turn left onto a dirt road. Drive 0.2 miles, and turn right onto a raised road (along the SMALL power lines). Drive another 0.3 miles, and turn right to park.

Sunday, it's almost an hour's drive from Moab. Head south seventeen miles on Highway 191, then turn left onto Highway 46. Drive ten miles to La Sal, then another five through Old La Sal. At mile marker 16, turn left onto the Buckeye Road. Drive one mile, bear right for Buckeye, and drive another mile. Park in the small gassy spot on the right (before the Buckeye Road switchbacks downhill).

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