2017 and 2018 ATV Club Rides and camp-outs reports
2017 Riders Reports
Utah/Arizona ATV Club Camp-Out (Arizona Strip)
March 22nd to 25th 2017 ATV Club camp-out: Wednesday to Saturday.
Touroweap road to Hack Canyon
Directions: From Kanab: S/B to Fredonia, from Tony’s Shortstop Store, go to turn-off go W/B on AZ SR 389, 8.9 miles to the Toroweap turnoff watch for the Toroweap signs. Left Turn onto the Toroweap road.
From the west, after you pass Pipe Springs, several miles make a right turn on the signed Toroweap Road.
The Toroweap road which is also named the Antelope Valley Road or Mojave County Rd. 109 at the turnoff, and later Mojave County, AZ road 109. You will see the sign saying Hack Canyon is 21 miles but, it is not correct if we are to believe the green milepost signs set for every mile. Continue south on the all-weather road for 22.9 miles to the Hack Canyon turn-off. The road is in basically good condition as of Sunday March 19, regulate your speeds at creek crossings, cattle guards and curves. There is some washboard, but mostly the road is in good condition. Expect dusty conditions, not bad, but only a few dust bowls noticed.
Once you reach the signed Hack Canyon left turn go a short distance further, to a good road angling to the right. (BLM Road 1014) The road maker is down but look for the ATV Club sign here. Staying to the right go up the slight grade through the wide canyon for .8 miles to the planned camp-site. This is on dirt, so be aware of parking if it is wet or muddy.
Precautions: Check the weather, check your vehicle tires and bring spares, the weather has predicted a 90% chance of rain on Wednesday afternoon, and 30% rain on Thursday morning. Although the Toroweap road is all weather it can become dirty and slick with rain. Otherwise thereafter the weather should be cool with night-time lows in the 30’s and daytime highs near 70. There is not cell phone service on this area of the AZ Strip. Camp GPS N 36.37.294’, W 112.51.394’. Altitude 4974’.
Attending: Bain and Arlene Swapp, Sam and Jan Smith, Mark Harreshaw, Tony Wright, Bob Aiken.
Wednesday: March 22, 2017 Arrivals and set-up.
March 23, 2017: Thursday Ride departing 9:00 AM from Camp (subject to weather) Bain took the group across the Arizona Strip on BLM Rd. 1014 to the west, the weather was threatening and cold. We then headed N/B on a better road then cut back east towards the old Esplin place. We circled that location onto adjoining road to an old rock home, with a dugout cellar in much disrepair. Continuing we went to a small mesa, found a way by parking and walking through the rock to the top and a large Anasazi site with the outlines of the pit dwellings, and the remnants of the building of a wall around this site. We thought we saw another site to explore but had to walk off the mesa butte to the road where we had parked our OHV’s. We took out lunch break here, and watched as black clouds formed and were coming our way. Time to put on raid gear and it began to first hail, then sleet, turning very cold fast. It sleeted very hard for a half an hour as we headed south going to Yellowstone, Mushroom Houses. It stopped sleeting as we readed Yellowstone mesa and found our way to the old Mushroom house. Bain, told the story of the guy who worked for Kaibab Lumber, back in the 50’s who built a clapboard house down at the bottom of this broken country full of cilica and other unusual rocks. The old home site was either torn down, or burned you now only see the foundation. Floods have taken their toll on this country, however, it remains good cattle country. After a some cold riding of nearly 60 miles we made our way back to camp through occasional storms.
Now going to Friday Ride departing at 9:00 AM to be determined by the Trail Boss due to Gramma Canyon being closed to us, (what a shame, so beautiful). Saturday ride departing 9:00 AM to AZ Strip points of interest as determined by trail boss. Some will be staying overnight and leaving Sunday.
All size OHV’s are okay for this camp-out. However, if a ride is scheduled to Tuweep or the Toroweap overlook within the Grand Canyon National Park street legal OHV’s would be required. The BLM changes the rules, arbitrarily it seems, it was once the rule on the strip that street legal OHV could ride on any roads and non-street legal OHV’s were restricted to three numbered roads. The Toroweap road was once BLM route 22, that number was not seen all the way to Hack Canyon, it is now designated as County road 109, what that means we cannot say.
Then again, we have to deal with the National Park Service who seems to make rules on OHV’s as fast as we try to learn them. It is the belief of the Utah/Arizona ATV Club that if a licensed street-legal dirt motorcycle’s (or 4X4 SUV’s) can go into the park then why can’t a licensed street-legal OHV’s do the same.
From the Toroweap Road, (Mojave road 109) side roads of interest: From SR 389, at mile 8.7 road to left. At mile 16.9 road to left BLM road 1006, at mile post 20 road to right 1068.
Escalante overnight ride June 2 and 3, 2017
ATV Club Had 13 OHV's and 19 people do this ride.
JUNE 2 to 3, 2017
ATV Club OHV Overnight Ride: Friday and Saturday, to Escalante overnight and return.
We departed promptly at 7:30 AM. Trailered the rigs to Big Water. The Day was clear and still cool and we unloaded our machines. Bain and Arlene were leading us out of our staging area and everyone was full of anticipation to get going.
The Ride: Friday: Driving down the Smokey Mtn. road from Big Water, the beauty of the morning was uplifting. We had some guest riders from Provo who had two young boys and they were fun to watch. Their excitement of the adventure was contagious. The winds were favorable and cleared the dust as we traveled east along the Smokey Mountain road. Also with us was Darrel and Kristen, members from Kanab who were sharing this adventure for the first time. This ride is a favorite of the Club. Across the northern side of Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon NRA, we continue onto the Croton, Fifty Mile bench road marked Road 340. At the Croton turn to the north a strenuous and lengthy climb begins. We were suprised to find the road was recently graded, so not as difficult as in previous years. The views in all directions were spectacular and it is evident why this area is known as the burning hills. Some of the geology of the rock formation are red as if they were on fire. This ride was now at the 40 mile mark, and all is evident that it is for veteran riders due to the very steep grades, heights. The weather conditions were favorable, with scattered clouds and it was warming up. The Cedar gnats appeared when we stopped for breaks. Reaching the top of the 50 mile bench we proceded to the parking area of the Anasazi Cliff Dwelling. At the higher altitudes it remained cooler. Some Cedar gnats to bother us. I guess it depended on location. Many were slathering bug spray on themselves. Another effort to find the Indian Sites that elude us was made before we continued to Left Hand Collet Canyon. It was; as always, a beautiful ride down this narrow canyon and wash. A few riders were experiencing mechanical issues with their OHV's and they proceeded on to Escalante. The remainder of the riders were not far behind. To the Hole in the Rock road, turning at Cedar Wash it was a fast track into Escalante. Around 110 miles traveled. Folks fueled up OHV's and were soon checked into the Prospector Inn. We were all grouped close together. The weather was pleasant on the shaded side of the Motel where many of the riders gathered and visited before dinner. At 6:30 we all went to dinner. Then visited some more as some drifted off to shower and retire for the evening.
Saturday Morning: After a group breakfast at the Circle D, we start rallying at around 8:30 AM next to the parking lot of the Prospector Inn Motel. We are fueled up, got our lunch, and are ready to depart at 9:00 AM sharp. To the turn off to the Smokey Mountain Road, #300. We enter a colorful canyonlands, passing the turn-off to Death Ridge. The road is fast paced with stops to look at a few Anasazi granaries. Once we reach Smokey Mountain it becomes rougher and rockier. The Cedar gnats were particulary bad as it seems to be much warmer. Out on the mesa we pass ‘Heads of the Creeks’ road and Pilot Knoll. Soon we will pass a turn off to the namesake of Smokey Mtn. the coal seam holes which the very pungent smoke of these ancient fires exit the earth. We reach the Kelly Grade, such a dugway which defies imagination. Once down this 8-mile grade we are back to the long and usually hot ride back to Big Water, and our staging area via the previous day’s route in reverse. Reaching our staging area Joe Orman said it was 103 degrees there. It did not take long for everyone to load up and get going with the A/C on full and head home. It was a fun experience, maybe however, we should plan it a little earlier in the year. What you think?
Ride Description: Upon leaving Big Water on the Smokey Mtn. Road, we will be heading NE, the scenery becomes immediately outstanding with views across Lake Powell, Navajo Mountain to the south into Arizona. We continue below the stark cliffs, gray clays and gold sandstone with unusual beauty used as the background in numerous movies. Turning off the Smokey Mtn. road we go onto the Croton Road #340 going towards 50 Mile Mtn. After a long ride, we reach the turn off to the north. The long climb up the Croton Road begins and goes through some of Utah’s most interesting geological areas, called the burning hills. On top, (50 Mile Mountain) we will stop at a Cliff House Anasazi pueblo before dropping off into Left Hand Collet Canyon. Taking this route out to the Hole in the Rock road and turning north towards Escalante. The ride along the Hole in the Rock road is fast paced. Look for Devils Garden to the left. Watch the traffic of the tourists along this stretch. We soon reach the Cedar Wash road taking it to Escalante, passing Cedar Wash Arch and Covered Wagon Natural Arch.
Upon reaching Escalante, fuel up your OHV, buy your snacks, there is a Subway there in Escalante at the Phillips 66 Station. The group usually goes to dinner at 6:30PM driving our OHV’s to the Cowboy Blues up the street from the Prospector Inn. (There was once a restaurant at the Prospector Inn, closed last year). Just across the street is the Circle D Eatery which is also a nice restaurant where we generally eat our breakfast.
July 26 to 29, Lighting Ridge Camp-out
Thursday, we did a ride down Limekiln Canyon to Panguitch for our lunch, returning via Casto Canyon, (this is always a beautiful ride) the larger OHV’s returned via Limekiln Canyon due to size. Another great ride, and beautiful day.
Friday, we rode the Paunsaugunt Rim OHV Trail all the way to Straight and Robinson Canyon. Lot’s of views to see we returned via the fast track on the East Fork Road.
Saturday, no one showed for the ride, so the Aikens and Smiths went on a road trip across Griffen Top to Posey Lake, the down the Hell’s Backbone road across the Bridge to Boulder. Taking scenic SR 12 across the Hogback to Escalante with a visit to the Hole in the Rock Monument. Then back to camp.
2017 ATV Club ride to Hatch, overnight and return.
Friday August 11th returning Saturday August 12th
Staging from the Nephi Pasture staging area in Johnson Canyon. See ATV Club website: www.utazatvclub.org/ for directions to the Nephi Pasture Staging area.
Departing at 7:30 AM, sharp.
Ride Leader: Bain Swapp,
The ride to Hatch is tentatively planned via the Sand trail, to Deer Springs, up Crawford Pass or Pipeline Canyon at the discretion of the ride leader. Ride to Monument Point, continuing along the Paunsaugunt Trail, climbing up the switchbacks. Note: (Be aware that there are some restrictions on OHV size. Large OHV’s or 4 ups’ may not make the switchbacks on this portion of the trail this trail).
Continuing along the Sunset Cliffs, Rim Trail to Proctor Canyon then down Proctor Canyon to Hatch. (Remember to gas up and get lunch for Saturday).
Overnight in motel or accommodations, and return the next morning departing from the Adobe Café at 8:00 AM sharp. Be finished with your breakfast and be gassed up and ready to go.
Returning up Proctor Canyon to Tropic Spring continuing via the ‘under Bryce Great Western trail, going a different route to the Crawford Pass Kiosk. We will be riding the Paunsaugunt Trail System. Down Crawford Pass to Deer Springs Ranch, taking an alternate route back to our Nephi Pasture staging area.
These are two long rides, so bring lots of water, sun block, camera and extra gas, money for food and gas and lunches. Dry warm weather predicted, but be prepared for thunderstorms.
Cedar Mountain, Autumn rides.
Dates: Friday, September 8, to Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Cedar Mountain, all rides start from our Houston Flat camp at the designated time so get there early for the scheduled rides. Since there was no RSVP for our camp-out, there will be the following Day Rides. It was noted that there have been some fall color changes to the trees, moreover we often see lots of Deer and Antelope and if lucky Elk on our rides.
Day Rides offered
Friday, September 8, 2017.
10:30 AM Ride: No one RSVP to this camp-out, however we offered day rides, even at that no one showed. No problem, this allowed Bain Swapp and Sam Smith to become re-acquainted Sheep experts all over again. There were 2600 sheep, as we were told, being grazed up there. It might be hard to believe but watching flocks of sheep can actually be entertaining. The weather was a little rainy, but it was pleasant. We had lots of time to solve the problems of the world. They moved out the sheep that evening and it was a sight to see those Border Collies at work, and the Basque herders rounding and moving them to another meadow.
Saturday, 9:00 AM Departure from camp.
Bain and Sam took off in that morn after no one showed, again, and started for Asay Bench. Then the rains came and got us a little wet, but we did not melt. Guess that was why the Town folk did not show for fear of a little water. We dried out, and that afternoon went back out and toured the newly graded roads on Asay Bench to the East overlook then retuning back to camp for an afternoon campfire and more intellectual conversation.
Sunday, September 10, 2017. 9:00 AM Departure from camp.
Mark and Judy Habbeshaw who had actually RSVP attending showed before 9:00 AM. The four of us took off in the brisk cool mountain air. First to visit Asay Knoll for a panoramic view in most directions. Across Asay Bench to the North fork of Asay Creek canyon and on to the Hatch Road. Across Mammoth Creek to the trail along the north side of Hatch Mountain. Now on BLM lands and onto Panguitch Bench, (we negotiated a tricky washed out area), to continue to the Haycock Mountain two track, two-track climbing to the top, stopping for lunch in a Aspen Meadow. Dropping off Haycock Mtn. we have view of the Brian Head Fire result as we return to the Hatch road just off SR 143. Then navigating to Pass Creek OHV Trails via the ‘Goowiggle, and the steep rocky grade down to Rock Canyon, we divert to visit Aunt Annie’s Cheese House for a look see. Returning we climb up to Birch Knoll, we passed by the impressive giant lava flows down off the mountain and back to the Mammoth creek valley to the Mammoth Creek Road, then finding our way back to camp via a different route.
Several moderately difficult climbs were experienced on our 72-mile ride. We had the opportunity to see lots of wildlife up close, lots of deer and some nice Buck Antelope. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, it was a great day enjoyed by all.
UT/AZ ATV Club 4-Day, 3-Night (Fall Colors) OHV Ride October 10 to 13, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Meet and depart at 7:30AM from Nephi Pasture staging area in Johnson Canyon, trailer OHV’S to Deer Springs Ranch, 9:30 AM (approximately) departure for OHV travel to Escalante Utah via Skutumpah Rd. and Cottonwood Rd. Turn to Grosvenor’s Triple Arch, Death Ridge, Alvey Wash, (Smokey Mtn. Road) to Escalante.
Prospector Inn, Escalante: phone (435 826-4653).
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Departure from Escalante, after breakfast at the Prospector Inn at 8:00 AM, travel to Circleville. We will be riding up Escalante Canyon, past Posy Lake to Griffin Top turnoff, continuing to the Clayton Kiosk, and going on the Poison Creek OHV Trail, (this is a most difficult section) dropping off the Mountain to Antimony. Time permitting lunch in Antimony RV Park burger place. Note: Everyone should gas up in Antinomy. Not sure of gas services in Circleville.
Leaving Antimony climbing up the north face of Mt. Dutton, to the Rocky Ford OHV Trail, (also rated Most Difficult) continuing down to the Paiute Trail and into Circleville. All units fueled and ready if gas is available.
Butch Cassidy Hideout Motel & Cafe, Circleville: (435 577-2008) Rooms available at $76.29 including tax.
Thursday, October 12, 2017, Departure from Circleville, Butch Cassidy Motel at 8:30AM, travel to Panguitch. Depart on the Fremont OHV Trail via Smith Canyon to Sanford Canyon and Creek climbing back to the Aspens under Adams Head (10,426’) onto Sand Wash Bench continuing to Lime Kiln Canyon and dropping off to reach Panguitch. All units fueled and ready for next day.
Friday, October 13, 2017, Departure from Panguitch Flying M Restaurant at 8:30 AM. All units fueled and ready. Departing Panguitch, we will go up to Sage Hen Hollow, Haycock Mtn. Pass Creek to Cameron Throughs, Rock Canyon, Birch Mtn. to the Hatch Road, continuing to Hatch, time permitting, Lunch. (Fuel up machines if necessary) Continuing up Proctor Canyon, to under Bryce Paunsaugunt Trail, Dairy Hollow OHV Trail, through the Aspens on Sieler Creek to below the Pink Cliffs and Pipeline Canyon dropping off to Meadow Canyon and our Vehicle Trailers.
2018 Rider Reports
Riders Report: Whitney Pockets Camp-out
March 21 to 25, 2018
Camp site at Whitney Pockets off the Virgin Mtn. road GPS 36.524.420 114.132.680.
March 21, Wednesday, arrival, cloudy skies, mild temperatures. Camp set-up and evening campfire.
March 22, Thursday, cloudy and rain threatening. Ride to Mud Wash, to Red Rock trail head into the Red Rock forest of spires, hoodoo’s and formations. This area is also known as Devil's Fire or Hobgoblin's Playground, Little Finland is the unofficial name of a remote area.Old road is cabled that went further into this area. After a brief hike to look for petroglyphs and a break we return to Mud Wash trail, on to the first Red Rock outcropping. High on the right is a significant petroglyph panel, with some interesting designs. It is located in an alcove along the wash. It is obvious that the rock art was crafted years earlier when the base of the ground service was much higher. We found a geographic brass marker driven into the rockface of the wall along the wash base. Also, some faint axle grease markings. We continue up the wash to take another track up to more red rock formations and indentations caused by wind erosion. Here we took our lunch at a unique camp site. Back to the wash we continue to the northeast portion of Little Finland, near Red Rock spring, and what I call the weeping rocks where moisture seeping out of a sandstone wall hosts a number of old Fan Palm trees growing along the wall. It begins to sprinkle rain as we leave, with the moisture there has been no dust. It begins to rain as we secure our rain coats as we drive into the storm. Staying warm in our ourfits we press on along the base of the Lime Ridge wilderness. Reaching the Gold Butte road it is a drag race along the 21 miles back to camp.
We arrive and start a fire, at the lower elevation conditions are warmer and dryer. The fire is soon going with snacks and treats served.
March 23, Friday. After some rain over night but warm temps we are greeted with a beautiful morning, clear skies to the West. We are on the trail early. First stop was the Devils Throat sink hole, now fence off so that you can not see into the hole. We examine all the apparent archaeology fenced off sites to surveyed. They are staked off and signed at several locations along the Gold Butte road and at Devils throat. We are on our way to Gold Butte site and first explore the actual mine, somewhat difficult to locate but accessible. Two of us went in as far as the first cave-in, Jim goes all the way to the end, looking for the quartz vein. After exploring this mine we take a two track underneath Gold Butte Mtn. and follow a trail to the south. We find a old burned out, old circa 1940 Semi-Truck trailer converted into a sort of trailer. It was once wired with doors and windows installed. It is totally rusted out and located near a rock outcropping with beautiful views of the Overton Arm of Lake Mead and to the west. The weather had cleared, and it was a pleasant day. We continue south into Cedar Basin looking for the Treasure Hawk Mine of Gold Butte legend Eddie Counsel. Now a landscape comprised of huge boulders in all shapes and forms. We locate what is believed to be the support facilities of the Radio Crystal Mine, then further south the Bonsall runway next to the corrals where he kept his homemade “Prospector” Airplane with its Volkswagen engine. We found Grapevine Spring but not the home site of the Bounsalls. Following a two-track rough route we go over the saddle between Gold Butte and Mica Peaks called the Pierson Gap, down to the eastern and a long canyon we reach the Devils Cove road as short distance from the Gold Butte road. It was mid afternoon but today was Dutch Oven cooking day. Back to we zoom, along a dustless road. Whitney Pocket camps were filling up with lots of City campers. We saw no OHV’s on any of our rides and just a few vehicles mostly along the main road. Our ride was about 80 miles.
We a fire going despite the mild temps, (it did become windy in the afternoons), we are soon cooking away our Dutch Oven dinners. Cowboy Beans, Cowboy potatoes, and a Basque Dutch Oven cobbler with ice cream.
An enjoyable evening as the City folk zoom up and down the roads and we watch the Scouts climb all over the Sandstone rocks as if they were mountain Goats.
March 24, Saturday. Another early start, we are heading for Devils Cove and the Colorado narrows. Back down the Gold Butte Road, another glorious day of sunshine. It does get cooler as you climb from our camp, about at 2800 feet to the higher elevations around Gold Butte. We get the Devils Cove road and head south with the road being in great condition. The views are spectacular, gaining elevation into Pinions and Juniper. We climb over two passes and finally reach what is called “Hells Backbone” and enter the Leak Mead recreation area. There the road is mostly washed out and you follow the track of previous OHV’s. As the temps warm we are greeted with large field of beautiful yellow wild flowers we believe are Buttercups. At roads end within and below the high-water marks of Lake Mead there is no way to get through the narrow canyon to view Lake Mead. Actually, we saw later that the river below Devils Cove is still flowing the muddy brown of the Colorado, meaning that the Grand Cliffs basin is totally dried up. Pierce Ferry is high and dry. We were in our short sleeves where we took our lunch. Devils Cove was once a launching dock and there was a number of old trailers down there. Now all gone with time and weather. Jim had the idea that we could find a way to Mica Peak via a trail going above the Jumbo Wilderness. We took a track to the high ridge and found the climb out totally washed out and unpassable. It was at least that way for me. We took some photos of yellow fields of Buttercups and leisurely returned on the Devils Cove road. We then explored another back way towards Gold Butte finding the remains of an old home site. A break to explore and find many discarded trinkets at this old place, now just a foundation. Back to Gold Butte site, where no one was camped. Several took a side road to the Blackjack Mine and returned. Later now we head back to camp for our grilled dinners. 87 miles covered and another great day, not seeing one OHV all day.
Back at camp we got the fire going enjoyed our dinner and burned up the remaining firewood stack. Everyone to bed early like a bunch of tired puppies.
March 25, Sunday. After breakfast, it is time to break camp. Everyone busy at this task. By noon, it is time to leave and slowly go down the 20 miles of the Gold Butte road. It is a slow process, but no one had any problems, trailer tires pumped to maximum pressure made a difference. Everyone made it home and happy to get in the easy chair and rest.
Thanks to all for contributing to a great camping trip. There remain so many trails to explore at Gold Butte.
2018 Third Annual Warriors Ride.
On May 19, 2018 we celebrate Armed Forces Day to honor all of our US Veterans who have served. May 29, 2018 is Memorial Day remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.
The UT/AZ ATV Club will be honoring our member veterans and encourage members to bring a veteran to our May 17, meeting to be recognized, and enjoy a hamburger dinner with us. Moreover, on Saturday May 19, 2018 we will meet at the Hog Canyon Trail-head just off of US 89 north of Kanab for the Warriors Ride departing at 8:00 AM. Some may wish to drive their OHV from town to go on this third annual Warriors ride. We are inviting veterans as our guests. We will be meeting at 7:30 AM, and departing promptly at 8:00 AM to ride Hog Canyon, to the communications towers, then up the Mosdell to Thompson Point for a Hot Dog roast and return. (See below for more details)
Watch for the May 17 meeting agenda, on May 15, we will be giving a report on the Fun Run, awarding scholarships, and honoring our wonderful American Veterans. Start thinking about some side pot luck dishes to bring on May 17, Jan will be putting out an email. Thank You.
May 17th Club Meeting: 6:00 PM. Rancho’s City Park. Hamburgers and pot luck sides. Meeting Beginning at 6:00PM we will conduct a brief ceremony honoring our veterans, including our veteran members followed by the meeting and then by a hamburger cookout. (See ceremony agenda)
May 19th Club ride: “Warriors Ride”,departing at 8:00AM from Hog Canyon Trailhead.
This ride designated as our third annual “Warriors Ride” where Club Members invite and host veterans, including disabled veterans which they sponsor, and either take them in their OHV or provide an ATV for the ride. This is in lieu of ARMED FORCES Day. The Club will host the Veterans so that they are able to experience the beautiful areas that we are privileged to enjoy.
June 11 to 14 Vehicle Road Trip Itinerary
To Capital Reef NP, Henry Mountains, Tickaboo, Burr Trail, Hells Backbone road.
June 11, Monday
7:30 Breakfast at Houston’s or What is open……
8:30 Depart Kanab,
N/B US 89, rest-stop break at restrooms north of Glendale continuing to SR 12 with a 10 Min stop at the Red Canyon Visitors Ctr.
Turn on Tom Best road FS 117 continuing to John’s valley road, with stop of 20 minutes at the Widstoe Cemetery.
Turn onto Escalante Canyon FS 117 to Escalante Summit. Turning on Griffin Top FS 140 climbing steeply to cross the Griffin Top alpine meadows, at an altitude of over 10,000 ft. There will be vistas to the East overlooking Escalante and the far away Henry Mtn.’s and to the west of Mt Dutton and the Hunt Creek mesas. We are crossing the Escalante Mountain range, look for Deer, Elk and Wild Turkey in the meadows. Traveling 21 miles to the Posey Lake to Bicknell FS 154 and turning left we dive across the Aquarius Plateau with more stands of Spruce, Pine and Aspen. The Aquarius Plateau is the highest timbered plateau in North America. We have plenty of time to take pictures. Look for bear off in the distance their presence has been increasing over the last several years.
We drop off the high country into Wayne County, passing the Bicknell Bottoms Wildlife Management area, looking for to Torrey road, which goes right past the airport to Torrey.
Overnight at the respective Motels, planned dinner time as a group at 6:30 pm, location decided by the ladies.
June 12, Tuesday
7:30 Breakfast, depart promptly at 8:30 am.
Leave Torrey via SR24 entering Capital Reef NP (Don’t forget your Park Pass). Visit the visitors center, 30 Minutes, find Fremont River Petroglyph panel. Continuing E/B at 2.6 miles after exiting Capital Reef NP turn left on the Cathedral Valley loop road. Immediately do a water crossing of the Fremont River. This is a 55-mile loop to Cathedral Valley within Capital Reef, we see south and east desert views and the historic Morrell Cabin, we will be passing Jailhouse Rock, Temples of the Sun and Temples of the Moon sites as we go down Middle Desert wash, then Cainville wash for the second Fremont river crossing. Crossing SR 24 we do our final river crossing and into the Henry Mtn.’s on the Town Wash, Bull Mtn. Trail. Depending on the time we continue S/B in the Henry Mtn.’s over the Stanton Pass Trail, RT on the Clay Point Road and finally the Shootering Canyon Trail into Tickaboo.
As I understand, the Tickaboo Lodge is the only show in town, with a restaurant and lodging. Dinner is 6:30 pm.
June 13, Wednesday
7:30 Breakfast, depart promptly at 8:30 am.
Back on the Shootering Canyon Trail to the Clay Pt. road which will take us to the Bullfrog road. N/B we reach the Notom intersection, but we take to the left to climb the infamous Burr Trail switchbacks up to the Waterpocket Fold plateau. We continue towards Boulder Town passing the Wolverine loop petrified forest loop. We will be looking for our July Camp site while here. Continuing along the Burr Trail over the Gap into Red Canyon with a short stop at the Red Canyon slot, parking permitting. Now on pavement we continue along the winding road into Boulder. Just after leaving Boulder we turn on the Hells Backbone road, crossing the new Hell’s Backbone bridge, then driving above and next to the Cliff’s which drop into the Death Hollow wilderness. We will pass the Blue Spruce Campground for a short side trip and back to the main road from Posey Lake to Escalante. Dropping off the mountain we head for Escalante, if the sun is right it will highlight the Escalante Canyons wilderness area as we drive on. Arriving in Escalante we are staying at the Prospector Inn. Dinner location will be decided during the day by the ladies, meet at the office at 6:30 pm for our dinner location.
June 14, Thursday
7:30 Breakfast, depart promptly at 8:30 am.
Return options discussed at breakfast, there are five different waysto return to Kanab.
ATV Club ride to Hatch, overnight and return.
Monday, August 6th returning Tuesday August 7th
Staging from the Nephi Pasture staging area in Johnson Canyon. See ATV Club website: www.utazatvclub.org/for directions under “staging areas”.
Departing at 7:30 AM, sharp.
Be there early. Ride Leader: Bain Swapp,
The ride to Hatch is tentatively planned via the Sand trail, to Deer Springs, up Crawford Pass or Water Canyon at the discretion of the ride leader. Ride to Monument Point, up the Paunsaugunt East Fork, Paunsaugunt Trails, up the switchbacks, there is some restrictions on OHV size. Large OHV’s or 4 ups’ may not make this trail. Continuing along the Sunset Cliffs, Rim Trail to Proctor Canyon and Hatch.
Overnight in motel or accommodations and return the next morning departing from on front of the Mormon Church at 8:00 AM sharp, up proctor Canyon to Tropic Spring continuing via the ‘under Bryce Great Western trail, going a different route to the Crawford Pass Kiosk. We will be riding the Paunsaugunt Trail System. Check for details on the Club Website.
Sam & Jan Smith, Bain Swapp, Tony Wright, Mark & Patty Kubeja, Ken Hodson
Utah/Arizona ATV Club Saturday Ride
August 18, 2018
Ride Report, by SR Smith
Ride leader: Joe Orman
There were a number of ATV Club member who traveled to Panguitch to go on our scheduled Saturday ride in the northern Cedar Mountain area. Although I did not make this ride due to trouble with our machine. (Later, Jan and I were able to get our machine going and we did our own ride to Bear Valley via Sandy Mountain). I know the route taken because I later rode this route the next Tuesday and guided this ride for the Bryce Rally on Thursday.
As I recall on the day of the ride there were about eight of our members that drove up from Kanab and a number of the Panguitch Rough Rides to make it about 19 machines leaving Panguitch at 9:00 AM.
Leaving they group went up US 89 a short distance turning on to access routes to Three Mile Creek and climbing up to the southern slopes of Sandy Peak. They pass through last years fire area for a few miles. The creek was flowing clear, and after the fire damaged area the route is covered with trees and green grass. There were several steep climbs and descents and the last a long rocky descent into Bear Valley. Crossing Bear Valley another mountainous range with a rugged two track is climbed and after the saddle the descent is through a thick forested area with firs and pines and a running creek. At the bottom the route climbs again along a underground pipeline service track, and finally down to the Buckskin Canyon road. Across the valley SR 20 is reached and crossed. Now turning to east paralleling the power line the group turns down a beautiful rock front canyon proceeding to the Beaver Road. No one could identify exactly where some petroglyphs are located nor was anyone willing to go mountain goat and try to find them.
This Beaver road is well graded and a fast track up to the treeless Fremont Pass which overlooks the fertile ranchlands at the southern mouth of Circleville Canyon. Off the Fremont Pass everyone fly’s, not smiling too much for fear of eating a bug. At the bottom is a single pole power line and it’s service road is to be followed to the southwest to get access the Bear Valley RV Campground. Some steep areas, it is slow going because of some rocky tracks. Once through this track you reach SR 20 to cross just west of the intersection with US89. A stop at the campground allows folks to use the bathroom or get a treat. Once all are ready, it is off they go along the lower eastern flanks of Sandy Peak, and behind the ranches that line US89 as you head across a number of routes to the south. One interesting point of interest is when you pass a isolated cemetery which I believe is the Spry Cemetery. (There are unconfirmed reports that this is where Butch Cassidy is buried). Continuing south, crossing washes and small creeks the group continues. Soon arriving back at the Flying M restaurant at around 4:PM, traveling about 86 total miles.
Utah/Arizona ATV Club Camp-out
August 29 – 31, 2018
Kaibab NF off FS route 213.
Camp-out report, SR Smith
After many telephone calls from some saying that the Kaibab has some roads closed, or was smokey, I took the time to make inquiries with the Kaibab National forest and it was determined that our selected camping area off FS 213 was open, there were no road closures or fire alerts on the north Kaibab. Bain and I make the effort to select camping locations, in lieu of our more isolated camp spots which we prefer, because they will accommodate more camping units and are easier to get to. However, on this camp-out only three had committed via RSVP to come camping. Two others had cancelled, due to personal issues. So here is how our camp-out went.
On Aug. 28, Tuesday. Ken & Susie Hodson arrived first, Sam Smith and Bain Swapp arrived shortly later to secure the camp. Camp was just .3 of a mile off the paved Grand Canyon SR, AZ 67.
We set up a camp. There was no fire pit, so a hole was dug, Bain went out collecting rocks to line our fire pit. In the meantime, Sam was splitting the wood he had brought down from Lightning Ridge. A little later Dave Little arrived. We were all set up and now visiting for the remainder of the day. That evening our temperature was a cool 34, brrrr.
Aug. 29, Wednesday scheduled for arrivals. No one arrived so at 9:00 AM the four of us took off to go see the reconstructed cabin at Jumpup Point. Down to Castle Canyon and finally negotiating the badly washed out north route to Jumpup we arrive and explored the new facilities and the locked up cabin located there. The Cabin was reconstructed several years ago and can be rented by the night. There was no one there. However, they have an outdoor toilet that is a must to see. At this lower elevation it is now hot and time to move along. Off we go heading for Big Saddle and Crazy Jug point to the southeast, then taking some more rustic back routes along the points trails. We get back on track to camp arriving in mid afternoon after going 89 miles. When we had cell service I called Jan and she said on Thursday Deb Siebol and her friend was coming up for the Thursday ride, there was no other RSVP’s. Susie Hodson had stayed at camp and said no new arrivals.
That evening we had a nice fire and Bain made his delicious Cowboy sourdough biscuits which we enjoyed for desert.
Aug 30, Thursday, nice morning. Dave Little left early because of work commitments. Deb Siebols arrived early. At 9:00 AM no other shows, so we departed, just three units. This ride was the Trail Bosses’ option, so we went and dropped off the Kaibab to the Houserock valley, saw a large herd of Antelope down at the bottom. We continued on to Cane Ranch and checked it out as a point of interest, it remains the same. Continuing north we pass the Bean Hole Ranch and Bain speaks of the history of the murders there. Then comes the long steep climb to get back onto the Kaibab NF. All made it just fine, and as we enter the coolness of the pines we stop for lunch. The Bow Hunters are out, and we visit with one young man passing by. We take the route back through Mile and a half, lots of Bow Hunters and early arrivals of campers for the Labor Day holiday. We get to see several groups of nice Mule Deer Bucks all still in velvet. We are back at camp in the early afternoon. Visit with Deb and her friend Lisa from Boston, Mass., with her definite cute accent. They are heading out and are invited back on Friday for we are scheduled to go to Point Sublime. No commitment.
Later Jan arrives, she says there are no calls or emails on the ATV Club email account of anyone coming for any of the day rides. Hey, we make the most of the delightful weather, as Bain fixed more of his Cowboy Sourdough rolls and Sam fixes a large pot of sausage gravy to go over them for our dinner. Several varieties of cookies for dessert. No one could eat any ice cream.
Aug. 31, Friday. Ken and Susie are up early, they are leaving. Bain and Sam are scratching their heads and say what’s up with this. 9:00 AM, ride? It’s just like it was last year, no shows for the day ride. Since Bain, Jan and I had been to Point Sublime many times we wanted to explore new areas. So off we go, Jan driving her Rzr and Sam her passenger. Jan is told that she will be the leader; she leads Bain and I away taking some back routes just above VT Park. As a result, we find routes and explore tracks to the south between the Park and Wilderness, never explored by me, but open roads nevertheless. Ending up at Saddle Mountain. We discover a beautiful location, outstanding in every way, is all I can say. After pictures and admiring the endless views, too bad for the haze, because on a clear day it will be unforgettable.
Bain finds many elderberry patches with ripe berries, we spend some time picking groups of these berries. Jan finds a back route that takes us to a breathtaking knoll, with more outstanding views in every direction. We are on the south side of the fire and see the smoldering Saddle Mountain wilderness fire. Jan now goes on a grown over track that takes us back to the original route, but she is not done exploring. On our way back, she finds a track to Marble View. Five miles out and was it worth it. The best overview of Marble Canyon and the Houserock Valley I have seen. Here at this windy point we retreat into the trees for our lunch. Nice.
Off we go, Jan is now being very adventurous and tries another track that teaches her that when the track becomes so over grown that it will soon end. Now, you have to be able to back out or turn around. Backing out for us was a no-no, the turn around was done despite almost tearing off the mud flaps. Out we go, Jan is again given her way as leader, I am just her passenger with Bain following with a big smile on his face. Up another track that dead ends at Dog Point. The only good thing is she did not go fast through all the mud bogs and water holes. Back we go, but Jan finding another route with a big mud hole, so she has to go that a way. It drops off and gets us onto the main route. We stop and say Jan you want to go the convoluted way we got here or take the fast track? Well, that was easy for Jan, after all the slow going, it is the fast track, back across AZ 67, she takes warp speed 2, maybe a little slower than Bain’s, warp 3 speed but exciting enough for me. Enjoying our day of explorations immensely and back at camp. Bain has a great idea. He said that some of our route would be great for a fall colors ride, and I could not agree more.
Tired, after a long 4 days of waiting for no one. I suggest we go home. No one is coming tomorrow, the ride is scheduled for Crazy Jug, we’ve already been there. I’m ready for my own bed and a long shower. Besides, we have such a short turnaround before we are heading up to Cedar Mountain in a few days, not sure anyone will even show up.
But, the good thing, we’ll have Jan there who can take us to places we didn’t even think to go to.
So, when you make the decision, it doesn’t take long to break camp. Sam had made Texas Chile and we shared it with Bain and looked forward to getting home and warm up those leftover Sour Dough biscuits and have some of that Texas Chile.
That’s all folks, such is the life of a route buster. There are many places on the Kaibab yet to be explored. Thank you, Bain for your time and commitment.
ATV Club Cedar Mountain Campout
September 5 to 8, 2018
On the Mammoth Cave Road.
Camp-out and Rides report for the Cedar Mountain Camp-out.
September 5 to 8, 2018
Camp location changed to FS 064, the Mammoth Cave road, just off the pavement of the Mammoth Creek road.
Mike & Carol Jaronske
Don & Suzy Bagley
Sam & Jan Smith
Mark & Patty Kubeja
Dennis & Jan From Scottsdale, AZ members of the Arizona Trail Riders Assn.
Hinz & Helen from Germany, brief visit and friends of the Bagley’s
Ken & Susie Hodson, Friday ride
Wednesday Sept. 5,
The Jaronskes’ and Bagleys’ had arrived early on Monday or Tuesday. They had found the Houston Flat site full of camp units. But, by Wednesday it was empty. That had changed camps to another location as indicated above. The camp was large enough to accommodate all of the camp units with room to spare. It was a nice location we had Deer and Antelope wondering around our camp every day. It was great until Saturday when the road got busy with tourists and city folks. We were all settled in by early afternoon and by evening had a nice fire going. Our large group gathered at the fire ring and told our stories of wonderment and adventure. We did have passing showers in the afternoons.
Thursday Sept. 6,
9:00 AM ride. We are off first to show some of the folks where Mammoth Cave is located, then to the Bowers Ridge track, to a two track ATV Trail. (Note: New signs posted in some of the restricted routes now say restricted to a maximum 72” inch vehicle width). The Bowers route had been recently graded and as a result was very dusty. Saw many Deer and one nice Buck as we covered the two-track route. As usual the routes in much of the Cedar Mtn. areas are extremely rocky to traverse. Over to the Turkey Trot loop we go. Viewing more deer and lots of campers. Bow season had started. We had a 11:30 time to meet up with the Jaronskes’ who drove over to Aunt Sue’s Chalet for lunch. After a delicious lunch we are off on the Mammoth Crk. ATV Trail #4 to Henries Knoll, we climb to the Knoll which is basically an ancient volcano Hummock, with a caldera inside. In this hummock, most of the original volcanic layers were visible and preserved during the eruption event thousands of years ago. Some lavas exposed in crater. The same andesite and basalt lavas are visible in the upper part of the crater walls in which we climbed over to reach the top. The views of the Cedar lava flows are clearly visible from the edges of the knoll. No one could hear the old volcano rumbling so we were safe to go into the center and we survived. Taking the slow cut back to camp we soon arrive ready for some R&R time and a cool drink. Interrupted on several occasions by passing but short rain storms. After our dinners, it was time for a fire and again, tales of various origin concerning a multitude of past events. In the mountains the bed buzzer almost always goes off at around 9:00 PM, and everyone hits the sack as the fire is put out. A hard day’s ride induces a restful sleep.
Friday Sept. 7,
Crisp morn, lots of wet dew. Cool enough to start a morning fire to break the chill. Ken and Susie arrive before the 9:00 AM, our only day rider of the camp-out. The machines are getting ready, lunches are prepared. Ken reminds the guide it is after 9 and we are late. Oh well, I think that Ken would be a great Trail Boss next year. We are off to our first stop, Assay Knoll, which is another rounded Hummock with an outstanding 360-degree view of the area, the Sunset Cliffs of the Paunsaugunt all the way to the Kaibab Plateau, to the south, then to the north, Mt. Dutton and Powell Point. Off we go to the recently graded Assay Bench road, now very dusty as a result. To the Mammoth Creek / Hatch Road we go, crossing Mammoth Creek onto FS 1555 going down the road. Which is the controversial abandoned Garfield County road despite being a RS 2477 road. Entering the road from the Mammoth/Hatch road a sign is posted saying the road is a private road. No gates were closed until you apparently get to a corner of the Hatch Ranch where two new gates and fences were erected. The gates are posted ‘private road’ but not locked. About another quarter of a mile is the second gate. It was pushed open when we got there Thursday morning, in the afternoon it was closed. All gates we passed through were closed if they were that way when we got there.
From there back into the National Forest some back routes over some seriously rutted tracks we reach the Panguitch Lake to Hatch road. Down it we fly to the Panguitch Road, going to Stage Hen Hollow seeing some Antelope and one nice Buck. Dropping off the ridge to Coal Spring canyon we stop for our lunch in the shade of the pines. After lunch we climb the two track up to the top of Haycock Mountain and the Pass back to the Panguitch Lake Road. A short way down it we turn off on FS 1536, looking for FS 2069, the actual sign was altered to say 069. With some help from Bain, Sam finds the right trace to the infamous ‘Goowiggle’ dugway grade. It is a rocky descent. Now down on a good track we race through the pines up to Birch Knoll ridge passing some outstanding Lava Flows and Lava mountains that many tourists never see. Down off the ridge, we go, more seas of lava to view, more deer in the trees, back to FS 1555, through the gates all carefully closed thanks to Mark we make our way to the Mammoth Creek Road in which we fast track back to camp.
Time to get an early fire going, break out the wieners and all the sumptuous sides to enjoy. Ken is in a hurry and grills his and Susie’s hot dogs over the fire and is gone with Susie, we sure thank Susie for her dessert.
We get the grill set up, roasting wieners, and Mark and Patty making a Dutch Oven ‘Lave Cake’. We had cold slaw, beans, mac & cheese, all the condiments and for desert Patty’s Lave Cake, topped with Suzy’s Raspberry Fluff. We even tried Susie’s tasty Oatmeal, chocolate peanut butter squares. With some of her squares saved for our next day ride. They were soon all gone as well. Delicious all together, no matter how you look at it.
Saturday Sept. 8,
Another beautiful morning, clear and dryer. No one shows for the 9:am ride so we take our time to get ready. Leaving we first go to the Assay Creek, lava canyon overlook. Then across the two-track trail to the Hatch road. Arriving in Hatch we went to the hamburger place on the south side of Hatch which did not open until noon, we were early. So, we go up to the Adobe Restaurant and ate a nice lunch outside. Back on the Hatch road to return to camp, we take a roundabout return route viewing the Antelope in Bowers Park below Bowers Knoll. Back at camp, many are packing up to head home. Mike & Carol and Jim Harris staying over for one more night. Being Saturday there are lots of people going down the Mammoth Cave road, and lots of OHV activity on the roads during the later hours of the day. My conclusion is for future reference: find more isolated camp sites, do our camp-outs on Cedar Mtn. mid-week for more enjoyable rides.