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February San Rafael Swell ride
01/09/12 at 07:26:32
 
Let's put our heads together and plan a weekend (or day) ride in the Swell for early to mid February.
 
Who's in?  
 
 
11 February?
 
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #1 - 01/09/12 at 09:59:12
 
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Is any of that riding doable by a sport quad or is it all 4x4 quad only?...Also where is that place and how much further north is it then Marysvale I would be interested if its not alot farther north let me know thanks.
 
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Reply #2 - 01/09/12 at 10:07:32
 
Quote from ChanManYFZ450 on 01/09/12 at 09:59:12:
BF,

Is any of that riding doable by a sport quad or is it all 4x4 quad only?...Also where is that place and how much further north is it then Marysvale I would be interested if its not alot farther north let me know thanks.

Charlie

 
You can do it on a Sport Quad. Wild Bill has ridden it and my youngest son has done it on a 2wd Honda Rancher (with some minor help).
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Reply #3 - 01/09/12 at 10:40:59
 
I picked up my new toy last Friday night.  I'm in.
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Reply #4 - 01/09/12 at 11:09:59
 
Wil bought his new machine Saturday so we are in.
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Reply #5 - 01/09/12 at 11:32:43
 
So I am going to add a running tally for those that have indicated interest in joining to the first post in this thread.
 
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Reply #6 - 01/09/12 at 11:34:13
 
Has Wild Bill recovered yet?  we need a pace car......
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Reply #7 - 01/09/12 at 11:40:58
 
I'm in.  
 
The 18th or 25th is better for me.
 
 
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #8 - 01/09/12 at 12:31:49
 
I am in but the week of the 18th won't work for me.
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #9 - 01/09/12 at 12:59:32
 
I will try to make it.  It will depend on what weekend is selected.  The 18th may conflict with other commitments.
 
Charlie, how far depends on where the launch site is.  We have previously launched at Buckhorn Well.  If that is the case and assuming that you go to Marysvale via I-70 then it would be about 110 miles farther through Castle Dale to Buckhorn Well.  If the launch site were Exit 131 on I-70 then it would be about 99 miles farther than Marysvale - only about 11miles difference from your end.
 
So, Dave, what new toy did you get?  I have it from a good source that Wil's new toy is a TRV 700GT.  But I don't know if it is a green '11 like mine or a blue or orange '12.  I suppose if I make it to the ride I can find out what color.  Whatever the color I think that is a good choice.
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Reply #10 - 01/09/12 at 12:59:39
 
Count me in.
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Reply #11 - 01/09/12 at 13:25:48
 

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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #12 - 01/09/12 at 16:05:40
 
N74...thanks for the heads up thats not bad  Smiley
BF...How far of a ride as far as mileage goes do you guys do up there only reason I am asking is fuel.... Wink
 
And what is the typical weather at that time..? Sorry to ask so many questions lol... thanks Guys.
 
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Reply #13 - 01/09/12 at 16:18:18
 
ChanMan
  last spring when we did this we did about 110 miles. And as far as the weather it was about 45 if I remember right. It is doable on a Sport Quad    Fixit Pass along with Devil's RaceTrack can be tricky but this is a great bunch of guys they can always help you.
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Reply #14 - 01/09/12 at 16:21:29
 
Quote from Dave-o on 01/09/12 at 11:34:13:
Has Wild Bill recovered yet?  we need a pace car......

Hey Dave-o  Im getting healed up  just not sure I will be ready enough by then plus Im still tryin to get my machine back together.
 
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Reply #15 - 01/09/12 at 16:24:02
 
Bill,
Thanks for the info...110 miles is not bad at all we can handle that...45 for temps not bad either... and unless there is a straight up or straight down waterfall that requires 4x4 we can make it ....sounds like a fun ride.... you going to make it Bill  :0)
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Reply #16 - 01/09/12 at 16:24:32
 
Quote from m74me on 01/09/12 at 12:59:32:
I will try to make it.  It will depend on what weekend is selected.  The 18th may conflict with other commitments.

Charlie, how far depends on where the launch site is.  We have previously launched at Buckhorn Well.  If that is the case and assuming that you go to Marysvale via I-70 then it would be about 110 miles farther through Castle Dale to Buckhorn Well.  If the launch site were Exit 131 on I-70 then it would be about 99 miles farther than Marysvale - only about 11miles difference from your end.

So, Dave, what new toy did you get?  I have it from a good source that Wil's new toy is a TRV 700GT.  But I don't know if it is a green '11 like mine or a blue or orange '12.  I suppose if I make it to the ride I can find out what color.  Whatever the color I think that is a good choice.

 
 
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Reply #17 - 01/09/12 at 16:27:57
 
Quote from Wild Bill on 01/09/12 at 16:21:29:
Quote from Dave-o on 01/09/12 at 11:34:13:
Has Wild Bill recovered yet?  we need a pace car......

Hey Dave-o  Im getting healed up  just not sure I will be ready enough by then plus Im still tryin to get my machine back together.

But you never know with me  

 
 
It's never as much fun riding but if the machine isn't ready and you just can't wait to get out, I've got the second seat on the Touring...
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Reply #18 - 01/09/12 at 17:37:53
 
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Reply #19 - 01/09/12 at 18:01:38
 
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Reply #20 - 01/09/12 at 21:44:09
 
I'm seriously considering it, but will probably just lurk until some plans are firmed up.  I haven't seen it stated explicitly, but I'm assuming the ride will be some variant of a loop involving Coal Wash (DRT or Fix-It Pass, or both)?  I was just out there on Saturday, conditions are freakin' awesome for January!
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Reply #21 - 01/10/12 at 07:14:48
 
Bill and I  were out there Saturday and I have to agree with Udink , it was great . When we hit price the skies were clear  and no snow .  
 
I usually  start riding the Swell in February  so  this would probably work for me . But  I think it would be best to see what the weather is going to be next month . Have a tentative date and then let the weather be your  deciding factor .  
 
If the Swell is too miserable then there is always the Orange Trail . Not as awesome but the weather is usually a little warmer/better .
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Reply #22 - 01/10/12 at 15:31:14
 
I might have to bow out on this one.  I am going to be riding in Kanab the week before so I will just have to play it by ear.
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Reply #23 - 01/11/12 at 07:21:31
 
Quote from Udink on 01/09/12 at 21:44:09:
I'm seriously considering it, but will probably just lurk until some plans are firmed up.  

 
I'm going to pull out my map tonight and review some options for routes. I'll post once I have that information.
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Reply #24 - 01/11/12 at 07:55:33
 
Quote from SARrider on 01/10/12 at 15:31:14:
I might have to bow out on this one.  I am going to be riding in Kanab the week before so I will just have to play it by ear.

 
The 25th is best for Dave and I.  We could always break down and ride to consecutive weekends...oh the suffering...
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Reply #25 - 01/14/12 at 16:45:30
 
So, it would seem the 25th is the favorite date. Let's lock in on the 25th.
 
As for the ride, I'm open to suggestions, but here's my initial thinking (feedback/replies appreciated):
 
Meet just off I70 and Locomotive Point
Ride North along the Devil's Racetrack
South East along Slipper Arch to Fix-it Pass
North to Mexican Seep
South around the Wickiup
Cross South over I-70
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Reply #26 - 01/14/12 at 18:15:05
 
Count me IN on the 25th.  I'm all kinds of ready to ride.
 
Finally got my atv running again.  That's why it snowed last Saturday (that's Glenn's story anyway).  Turns out when I pulled the belt cover to check the belt condition (belt light was on), my son-in-law who was helping, pinched a couple of wires putting the cover on.  Cost me $140 to figure it out but I'm up and running again now.
 
Got to plow snow last week.
 
But I'm up for this ride.
 
The proposed route sounds like a good one to me.
 
 
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Reply #27 - 01/14/12 at 18:46:59
 
Quote from mcgeed on 01/14/12 at 18:15:05:
Count me IN on the 25th.  I'm all kinds of ready to ride.

Finally got my atv running again.  That's why it snowed last Saturday (that's Glenn's story anyway).  Turns out when I pulled the belt cover to check the belt condition (belt light was on), my son-in-law who was helping, pinched a couple of wires putting the cover on.  Cost me $140 to figure it out but I'm up and running again now.

Got to plow snow last week.

But I'm up for this ride.

The proposed route sounds like a good one to me.


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Reply #29 - 01/14/12 at 21:25:08
 
I won't be able to go on the 11th but can still can go on the 25th   Smiley
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #30 - 01/14/12 at 21:45:09
 
Quote from BruteForce on 01/14/12 at 16:45:30:
So, it would seem the 25th is the favorite date. Let's lock in on the 25th.

As for the ride, I'm open to suggestions, but here's my initial thinking (feedback/replies appreciated):

Meet just off I70 and Locomotive Point
Ride North along the Devil's Racetrack
South East along Slipper Arch to Fix-it Pass
North to Mexican Seep
South around the Wickiup
Cross South over I-70
EM332 South
West toward Swasey Cabin / Ghost Rock
North back to the staging area

 
So where would we park to unload for this.  I've not seen an exit near Locomotive Point - it is about 2/3 of the way between Justensen Flat and Exit 131.  There is parking at exit 131 and that would probably be the quickest route to head north on Devil's Racetrack.  But that is also where you would cross under I-70 south of the Wickiup.  So would Swasey Cabin be a loop out and then back to the vehicles at Exit 131?
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Reply #31 - 01/15/12 at 09:34:05
 
You have some good trails in there but I'd like to offer a  suggestion .  
 
Starting at Locomotive Point is tough for a day ride . Access is very time consuming and gets you absolutely nothing that you can't get at other  staging areas . I would suggest the following  if you want to spend your time in this area :  
 
Unload at the Swinging Bridge .
Down Cane Wash , over Fix it then over the Racetrack
past Dutchmans Arch , under I-70  
take 6852 to 7196 then take 332 .
Back under the Freeway and take either 645 or 646 around the Wickiup .  
( I'd prefer 645 and then hook back on to Cane Wash )  
 
 Since everyone would be coming from the north , going this way saves a ton of travel time ( and fuel ) and makes for a more relaxed ride .  
 
Glad you got your quad going Doug . Just goes to show , if it runs and  you work on it and then  it doesn't  , be sure to check the last thing that you did .  Wink
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Reply #32 - 01/15/12 at 13:13:58
 
Quote from quadforce on 01/15/12 at 09:34:05:

Just goes to show , if it runs and  you work on it and then  it doesn't  , be sure to check the last thing that you did .  Wink

 
 
Well, I thought we had checked.  I thought it was something to do with resetting that belt light.  I'd feared I somehow screwed up the computer or something because everything had power.  Lights worked.  Had fuel.  The motor cranked normally.  Just no danged spark.  Thought I'd fried something in the ignition.
 
2 wires were pinched together by that belt cover.  Pulled the cover and taped up the pinched section of each wire so they weren't touching each other.  
 
Cranked it over and it fired right up.
 
Duh!!!
 
Next time for sure I'll be checking those wires VERY carefully!!
 
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Reply #33 - 01/15/12 at 13:14:51
 
Ok so let's get a roll call going for the February 25 ride now that the date has been pretty much agreed upon.
 
 
I'm on top of the list.
 
 
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Reply #34 - 01/15/12 at 13:48:37
 
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Reply #36 - 01/15/12 at 23:20:53
 
Quote from mcgeed on 01/15/12 at 13:14:51:
Ok so let's get a roll call going for the February 25 ride now that the date has been pretty much agreed upon.


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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #37 - 01/16/12 at 05:45:26
 
Quote from mcgeed on 01/15/12 at 13:14:51:
Ok so let's get a roll call going for the February 25 ride now that

 
The running roll-call has been maintained as the first post in this thread..
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #38 - 01/16/12 at 14:19:12
 
Checking out the two suggested routes on Topo it looks like Jim's route would be a rather modest 55 miles and Glenn's would be a still modest 75 miles.  For me, I have really enjoyed the one day rides we have done down there that were more in the 100 mile range.  I have not done that route in reverse and think that would be a good new experience.  What do you think of that suggestion?
 
That route would be:
 
Unload at Buckhorn Well and head south through Fuller Bottoms to Coal Wash.  
 
Go down South Coal Wash, Eva Connover to Eagle Canyon and to Swasey's Cabin.
 
Then north under I-70 past Dutchman Arch and north over Devil's Racetrack to Coal Wash.
 
Coal Wash to Fixit Pass and Cane Wash and then north on Cane Wash if the day is late or if there is enough daylight left head south over to Neilson Draw and Exit 131 or around the Wickiup to exit 131 and then back to Buckhorn Well.
 
We could tailor the last part of the day to accommodate whatever the time is when we get to Cane Wash.  With a decision made at Cane Wash you could end up anywhere from about 90 miles up to about 120 miles back to Buckhorn Well.
 
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #39 - 01/16/12 at 14:48:10
 
Quote from m74me on 01/16/12 at 14:19:12:
Checking out the two suggested routes on Topo it looks like Jim's route would be a rather modest 55 miles and Glenn's would be a still modest 75 miles.  For me, I have really enjoyed the one day rides we have done down there that were more in the 100 mile range.  I have not done that route in reverse and think that would be a good new experience.  What do you think of that suggestion?

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Unload at Buckhorn Well and head south through Fuller Bottoms to Coal Wash.  

Go down South Coal Wash, Eva Connover to Eagle Canyon and to Swasey's Cabin.

Then north under I-70 past Dutchman Arch and north over Devil's Racetrack to Coal Wash.

Coal Wash to Fixit Pass and Cane Wash and then north on Cane Wash if the day is late or if there is enough daylight left head south over to Neilson Draw and Exit 131 or around the Wickiup to exit 131 and then back to Buckhorn Well.

We could tailor the last part of the day to accommodate whatever the time is when we get to Cane Wash.  With a decision made at Cane Wash you could end up anywhere from about 90 miles up to about 120 miles back to Buckhorn Well.


 
That would be a nice ride...dust could be bad... the way this winter is going.
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #40 - 01/16/12 at 14:49:45
 
Quote from BruteForce on 01/09/12 at 07:26:32:
Let's put our heads together and plan a weekend (or day) ride in the Swell for early to mid February.

Who's in?


11 February?

Expressed interest thus far:

ChanManYFZ450 (11th or 25th preferred)
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m74me (11th or 25th preferred)
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Dave-o (25th)
quadforce (no date specified)

 
Please add Dave K.  Sorta depends on what his shoulder MRI finds in a couple of weeks.
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #41 - 01/16/12 at 16:57:03
 
Quote from m74me on 01/16/12 at 14:19:12:
Checking out the two suggested routes on Topo it looks like Jim's route would be a rather modest 55 miles and Glenn's would be a still modest 75 miles.  For me, I have really enjoyed the one day rides we have done down there that were more in the 100 mile range.  I have not done that route in reverse and think that would be a good new experience.  What do you think of that suggestion?

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Unload at Buckhorn Well and head south through Fuller Bottoms to Coal Wash.  

Go down South Coal Wash, Eva Connover to Eagle Canyon and to Swasey's Cabin.

Then north under I-70 past Dutchman Arch and north over Devil's Racetrack to Coal Wash.

Coal Wash to Fixit Pass and Cane Wash and then north on Cane Wash if the day is late or if there is enough daylight left head south over to Neilson Draw and Exit 131 or around the Wickiup to exit 131 and then back to Buckhorn Well.

We could tailor the last part of the day to accommodate whatever the time is when we get to Cane Wash.  With a decision made at Cane Wash you could end up anywhere from about 90 miles up to about 120 miles back to Buckhorn Well.


 
 
Dennis I have done it in reverse before and while it might seem a little different , it's kinda the same .
 
I was just trying to say that the proposed launch site was tough for a day ride . As long as it isn't a blizzard I'm always up for more  miles . Wink
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #42 - 01/16/12 at 17:31:26
 
I'm not hung up on the route, but would like the Racetrack to be in the mix. Beyond that, I'm game for any staging location/route and can follow or lead.  Wink
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Reply #43 - 01/23/12 at 06:20:47
 
Just a friendly BUMP to the top. A month to go, weather permitting!
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Reply #44 - 01/23/12 at 06:59:17
 
What route will we be taking Jim?
 
Gotta do the Racetrack though!!
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #45 - 01/23/12 at 07:00:50
 
Quote from mcgeed on 01/23/12 at 06:59:17:
What route will we be taking Jim?

Gotta do the Racetrack though!!

 
I'd be fine with Dennis' route:
 
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That route would be:

Unload at Buckhorn Well and head south through Fuller Bottoms to Coal Wash.  

Go down South Coal Wash, Eva Connover to Eagle Canyon and to Swasey's Cabin.

Then north under I-70 past Dutchman Arch and north over Devil's Racetrack to Coal Wash.

Coal Wash to Fixit Pass and Cane Wash and then north on Cane Wash if the day is late or if there is enough daylight left head south over to Neilson Draw and Exit 131 or around the Wickiup to exit 131 and then back to Buckhorn Well.

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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #46 - 01/29/12 at 16:26:21
 
Just found out I won't be able to go the weekend of the 25th my niece has a wedding in California... possibly I can catch the next ride you guys put together have fun and like always post pics.
 
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Reply #47 - 02/02/12 at 19:47:13
 
I think I will be able to make it.
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #48 - 02/02/12 at 21:44:18
 
Wish I could, I'm itching to get out and ride but it's Volleyball season and between all my girls I'm at a tournament every weekend.  But then again they are only young once and I'll be old forever  Grin
 
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Re: February San Rafael Swell ride
Reply #49 - 02/07/12 at 06:06:28
 
BUMP to the TOP! I'm still planning on this one. Who's dropped out now?  Roll Eyes
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