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Jul 7, 2010

Arapeen ATV Trail Report, Central Utah

The saying "hotter than the 4th of July" will never have the same meaning to me after this weekend. We knew it would be cool on top of skyline drive of course, thats why we went there, but we weren't fully prepared for the weather we had, namely the SNOW storm that hit us Sunday morning, on the 4th of July! We arrived on top of skyline drive via Ephraim Canyon with our camp trailer Thursday evening right as the sun went down and woke up to a nice, but cool day. We headed South along skyline drive and turned left just before Jet Fox Reservoir and made our way down the road to Blue Lake. We fished for a while at Blue Lake, with no luck, and then hit the trail. Beyond Blue Lake the trail is limited to vehicles 50" or less, as indicated by the red on the map below. This is an excellent trail and fairly easy to navigate. Our boys had a little trouble in some spots, but managed pretty well. It's a really good family trail with great scenery and some great lakes to fish. Saturday we took the truck to a few lakes along skyline drive and tried our luck again. There was still a lot of snow along the top and with the wind/time of day, whatever it was, we just weren't having any luck.


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Sunday we traveled North along Skyline Drive and down the East side of the mountain towards Joe's Valley, past Grassy Lake to another section of trail that turned out to be really excellent as well. It was really smooth and easy, but really fun with some jumps, great scenery, and twisty double track through the trees. On our way back the hail started to come, then after we loaded Brady's bike in the truck the SNOW started to fall. It was a first for me for sure, SNOW on the 4th of July!! Luckily it blew over pretty quickly, but the damage was done as far as our route back. The roads were really slick and I was soaked and cold. Shelly slid off the road in the truck on the way back and had to be pulled out by another truck passing by. All in all it was a really good trip, but we had hoped to ride more. Of course Monday was perfect weather making it really hard to leave! We did get a good ride in before we left on Monday however. Click the video icons on the map for slideshows of the trail sections and/or click the map icons for GPS data of points of interest along the route. On our Southern route through Blue Lake/Ferron Res. we logged around 42 miles. Our Northern route on Sunday was 28 miles not including the return travel on the road. Next time our plan is to do the full loop near grassy lake instead of going out and back as well as trying some new trails.

Here's a few more pics. These are from our non trail ride morning on Saturday at Snow and Logger's.

8 comments:

  1. Wow, snow on the 4th!! We actually had a warm sunny day here!

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  2. When we went up there to eat with you, I thought it was the wind that bothered me, not the cold. But it would of been nice if it was 70 degrees with no wind though. Glad you had fun and explored.

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  3. Love the Johnny Cash music on the videos.

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  4. It's actually Dierks Bently, but whatev, glad you liked it. Yea I agree, the wind was definitely the issue for most of the time. It makes it hard to enjoy being at camp or fishing etc. Even as hard as it was blowing that evening, it's nothing compared to what we've seen at times..all you can really do in that wind to make it bearable is ride and/or stay in the trailer. We never noticed the wind until we stopped, then it's like, "well, may as well keep riding I guess". The wind wasn't really bad until Sunday evening, Monday was PERFECT up there. Take what we can get I guess :) I actually enjoyed %90 of my ride in the snow..up until the wet soaked through to my skin and I couldn't feel my hands.

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  5. Lisa, I'm Jealous! I didn't think much of the snow at the time, then I realized, it's JULY! It happens I guess. It seemed to stay above 9,000 feet or so, my wife was dragging behind me in our truck going up over the top and she only saw rain, but for about 20 minutes it was a pretty big snow storm as it passed over the top.

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  6. By the way, 53" is the MAX on the route we took from Blue Lake to Willow Lake. Our buggy is 53" in the rear and Shelly was literally scraping the both sides of the bridge with the rims! The other trail had some poles in the ground at the trailhead that looked even narrower, but we didn't have the buggy with us on that trail.

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  7. Wow I haven't heard of snow in early july since granddad was up in alaska during the war, and at least it makes sense there!

    That looks like a really great place to be riding. I'll have to check it out when I'm in Utah next.

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  8. It's really an enjoyable thing to travel in snow.

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