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Lockhart Basin Private trip - May 16-18
- May 16, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Ready to enjoy miles of spectacular Canyonlands scenery from the seat of your bike?
Enjoy a fantastic 3-day spring mountain bike adventure!
3 days of supported remote mountain biking
3 days of spectacular canyonland scenery
3 days of support vehicle camping and catered meals
80 miles of intermediate-advanced mountain biking.
A few short, steep climbs & rocky sections on dirt, sand and slickrock at 4,000-6,000 feet of elevation
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Lockhart Basin Private trip - May 16-18 Itinerary
Meet in Moab Utah at the Moab Airport (20 miles north of Moab on Highway 191) at 11 AM. We will start the trip by heading south from Moab, Utah to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, where we will begin our ride through Lockhart Basin. We will cruise beneath the Needles Overlook and Canyon Rims Recreation Area. All the rocks we ride by today are younger than the rock formations of the Needles. The tall Wingate cliffs we will see all day were formed during the Jurassic Period 190 million years ago. The Colorado Plateau was dominated by huge sand deserts for millions of years, and these 300-400 foot cliffs are just a piece of these incredible sedimentary layers. Our camp for the night is a trip back in time with 360 degree views. TOTAL MILEAGE: 26 miles
Today we will continue riding the Lockhart Basin Trail as it winds its way around the east side of the Colorado River. We will be on our own for several hours today, as our support truck makes its way around to our camp on the north end of the canyon. We will ride the most technical parts of Lockhart Basin and also get some spectacular views of the neighboring White Rim and The Island In The Sky District of Canyonlands. Tonight’s campsite puts us just above the Colorado River and Catacomb Rock, where the sunsets are always a special treat. TOTAL MILEAGE: 18 - 34 miles
Our final day’s ride will bring us back into Moab, but not before we encounter a few more challenges. Contouring around the bends of the river is a beautiful way to begin our morning’s ride, but we still have a few good climbs before we conquer Hurrah Pass. This is our largest climb of the trip, but well worth the effort. A nice break up top will fuel us up with enough energy to get through the few remaining hills. Finally a nice downhill deposits us onto the beautiful Kane Creek Road. These last four miles of pavement are a victory ride of sorts that will bring us right back to Western Spirit headquarters in town. TOTAL MILEAGE: 20 - 34 miles
Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.
Road Surface: Four wheel drive jeep roads: mostly packed sediments, with some sand, rubble and slickrock.
Technical Difficulty: Moderate, some short steep climbs and rocky sections.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate.
Altitude: 4,000 - 6,000 feet.