Benefit Ride in La Sal State Forest September 15 & 16, 2007
Our last event in the mountains above Moab was such a blast, we're doing it all over again!
Except this time the aspens will be golden. And we have a new issue to raise funds for: virtually every trail surrounding Moab.
That's right, the Bureau of Land Management has just released it's draft RMP and travel plan. They define every route as either open or closed to mountain bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, and full-size vehicles. You have until 11/30/07 to comment. To inform your opinion, review the documents at http://www.blm.gov/u...b/planning.html. Also read the alerts from credible sources as they're released.
But until then, here's the most fun way to support the sport. Elite Motorcycle Tours is hosting a couple BITCHIN’ DAY-LOOPS for Ride with Respect, non-profit. The organization adopts shared-use trails and educates visitors of Moab. In order to professionally analyze 1000+ pages of the RMP with our local knowledge of the place, Ride with Respect needs your help.
So join our expert trail ride in the sixty-degree temperatures atop Moab's backdrop.
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. Now here's your chance to reap the fruits of our labor, and contribute to responsible recreation.
On Saturday (9/15) at 9AM 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 (9/16) at 9AM 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 and rise to 10,500, so you should jet the carburetor for 8,000. Gear your bike low since the terrain is mostly expert. Each day we'll probably ride sixty miles, but your range ought to be at least seventy for safety's sake. Bikes need to be currently registered, spark-arrested, and muffled (maximum 96 decibels, or 92 for brownie points). Quiet bikes, and only riding the singletrack at midday, will keep the hunters happy.
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 an unforgettable ride!
Please RSVP by Sunday (9/9) 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-and-quarter miles, bear right for Buckeye, and drive another mile. Park in the small gassy spot on the right (before the Buckeye Road switchbacks downhill).