For President's Day Weekend we decided to try a new area that a friend of mine had suggested. He had taken a group of Boy Scouts out here before and they had a blast hiking around on the rocks. It is close to our home and being that it is fairly low in elevation and in a sandy, desert type climate it worked out great for this early short trip.
This was one of those rides that just kind of came together as I was exploring the area near Ten Mile Canyon. We were camped at White Wash Sand Dunes as we often do, and I set out by heading SW up the wash to the Kid’s East Trail that exits the wash. The route I took was an awesome ride, although kind of pieced together from a number of trails.
The Poison Spider Trail in Moab is one of the “must do” trails in the area. It’s not overly difficult and yet maintains a good tempo and doesn’t get too boring with a good amount of obstacles to entertain. You will see others on this trail as it is popular with jeeps and mountain bikers as well as dirt bikers.
The Kane Creek Trail in Moab is somewhat unique with its many river crossings as it travels through the scenic high walled canyon. The creek can get quite deep at times and in certain places, but most of the time the depth is very manageable. Even though there were some deep pools
Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon in the San Rafael Swell is one of the most popular slot canyon hikes in Utah, and for good reason. The trail head is easily accessible and within a relatively short distance from the trail head the canyon narrows and the adventure begins.
The Cliffhanger, or as many call it the Amasa Back Trail, has been one of my favorites for a long time. I first rode this trail on a mountain bike, then in our rock buggy, and finally on a Dirt Bike. I still remember the first time riding it, stopping at an overlook and talking to some dirt bikers
This past Fall some friends and I drove North for a day ride near Mallad Idaho. This area had actually not seen a lot of snow yet and was a pretty short drive for us. Referred to as "The Oxfords" because it is near Oxford Peak, the trails are mainly double track and are fairly rock free
Caineville/Swingarm City has been one of our all time favorite riding areas for our family over the years. Freedom to roam and ride over a variety of terrain along with the open camping areas and lack of fees and facilities allow a unique experience with riding for almost anyone.
During our trip to Caineville this year, we took a day off from riding to hike the Horseshoe Canyon Trail in Canyonlands National Park. This trail is relatively close to Caineville as well as the San Rafael Swell and can be visited easily in conjunction with one of these two riding areas. The major highlight of this hike are the numerous Indian pictographs that can be seen along the hike.
Another very popular loop in the San Rafael Swell, the Fixit Pass to Devil's Racetrack offers more great scenery that you would expect in the Swell along with a few challenging rock sections and great sites to visit along the way such as Indian Pictographs and a couple arches including the massive Slipper Arch.
The Ben Lomond Peak Trail ride is a true classic. It has a good mix of terrain and outstanding views as you ride through the trees to the narrow ridges over smooth winding trails to gnarly rocky switchbacks. The numerous exposed narrow sections of the trail really get your attention in spots.
A top end rebuild on a two stroke dirt bike is a basic and routine part of maintaining the health and performance of your machine. The frequency and complexity of each rebuild will vary depending on many factors, some of which include the type of riding you do, the age of the bike(and/or hours on the motor), quality of parts used, tools available and so on.
The Richard's Hollow Dirt Bike Trail is located in Hyrum Canyon, South of Logan Utah. This loop consists of 3 separate Single Track trails linked together to make a loop. Any of these trails could be done individually or some pairing can be done to do an out and back such as Richard's Hollow to Card Canyon and back. The loop we did required a short ride on the main Logan Canyon paved road.
There are a few trials in the New Canyon area that I enjoy and tend to ride when I get the chance. They can be accessed from New Canyon Road itself, but most often I find myself riding up from the Black Hill Area. Although not all that difficult, the climbs from the bottom are fairly steep in places, somewhat rocky, and can be tricky. They are also a quick ride to the top. New Canyon Reservoir
The Ephraim Canyon Single Track Trail near Ephraim Utah is a conglomerate of trails that make a fun loop for dirt bikes. These trails have been poplular with local mountain bikers who normally ride the trails from top to bottom. There are many sections that are not feasible for mtb's to climb. More and more dirt bikers have begun to use and maintain the trail, and for good reason, it's fun!