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    It's only Five Miles.... Photos....

    Five miles of intensely technical riding and amazing scenery! And then there were a few miles to get to the five miles. I love riding in the Swell.

    It's just off the Interstate... Ok, probably closer to 20 miles off the Interstate.



    It snowed the night before:







    We went left.



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    Now I'll quit clogging up the bandwidth....

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    my office window stares out @ an interstate so...thanks for the pics scream..much better views!

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    Looks like another planet! Looks very unforgiving if you go OTB.... I can only dream of such riding....maybe someday. Great pics, thanks for sharing

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    GJT/Fruita is such an amazing place!

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    This ride is a couple hours away from the Grand Valley. Closer to Green River, UT, but still an hour from there.

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    Wow, I wish I could ride places like that.

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    id love to ride somewhere like that, a fun change of pace.

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    Terrific pictures. You really captured the color, texture, and gnarliness of the terrain. I've always wanted to do the Five Miles of Hell but never had the right mix of time, location, and masochistic ride partners to hook it up.

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    so, screampint? 'bout how often did the leader fail to make the moves? he's known to be a great tech rider. was it to his limits?
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    Past his limits. I'm pretty sure all the downhill stuff was cleaned, but there were quite a few uphill moves that were beyond him. We are all fairly accomplished riders (me being the least technical) and it pushed us... A lot! And this trail is not one for pushing over the limits and risk taking, as it's in the middle of nowhere.

    Here's an up that he attempted, but didn't make. There were lots that weren't even attempted. FYI, he can make just about all the ups on the Slickrock Trail (I'd say all of them, but I can't verify that).


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    When you do manage it, Ray's has a great post-ride burger waiting in Green River, UT. I was surprised to find such an awesome find in such a small town... Who knew?

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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    Past his limits. I'm pretty sure all the downhill stuff was cleaned, but there were quite a few uphill moves that were beyond him. We are all fairly accomplished riders (me being the least technical) and it pushed us... A lot! And this trail is not one for pushing over the limits and risk taking, as it's in the middle of nowhere.

    Here's an up that he attempted, but didn't make. There were lots that weren't even attempted. FYI, he can make just about all the ups on the Slickrock Trail (I'd say all of them, but I can't verify that).


    past his, wow. that place has been on my radar for a few years now. exactly the type of slow tech i love to try. hopefully this year.

    is there legal camping out there, or just nobody to check?

    thanks for the post.
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    Plenty of free, legal, primitive camping. This is a moto trail, so be aware of that. However, the only motos out there are serious enthusiasts, they tend to be courteous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    When you do manage it, Ray's has a great post-ride burger waiting in Green River, UT. I was surprised to find such an awesome find in such a small town... Who knew?
    Been there done that (hfly put me onto it when I was leaving Moab one time) ...and it is life-altering delicious, no doubt!...... but sadly have always passed up the exit for 5MOH. One day I need to stop.

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    i love how the trail (and probably other trails out there) are marked with white to show you were to go! Noob comment sorry lol

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    This trail has been on my list of must ride trails for a few years now. Now I just need to head west for something that's not a race for once...

    Great pics!
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    Ray's is the Cheeseburger in Paradise after 7 days floating Deso-Grey. The Swell is swell. Nice pictures as usual.

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    Spectacular stretch of country there - so different to everything else! It sure looks super chunky
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    Clips and straps on the Knolly? I sure wouldn't want to attempt most of that with toe clips! Clipless, or preferably flats. Huge thumbs up!

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    Impressive pictures and riding. Somebody posted a video of motos on 5MOH some time ago, and it blew my mind.
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    Wow, it's amazing. I really admire it

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Terrific pictures. You really captured the color, texture, and gnarliness of the terrain. I've always wanted to do the Five Miles of Hell but never had the right mix of time, location, and masochistic ride partners to hook it up.

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    What were your ride stats? Rolling time, total time, avg. speed etc? What's the ride like to the 5 moh and what's the Red Trail like? Possible to do them both in same day?

    Thanks a lot for your posts and pics! I've been out of action with a torn acl/meniscus since December (surgery on 2/3) and just started riding easy dirt roads last week so I've really appreciated the vicarious rides! I've really missed my annual spring break trip (I'm a teacher) out to Moab/Fruita/GJ so I'm itching to get out there asap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 53119
    my office window stares out @ an interstate so...thanks for the pics scream..much better views!
    At least your office has a window. I work in a windowless room.

    And definately, Thanks for the pics!
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    Awesome pictures! You should cross post this in the Knolly forum.

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    I didn't know 5MOH was rideable.

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    Nope! Not rideable! I just photoshopped it. We were actually out on the bike path when I took the shots....


    I would think that you would like this ride, Rich.

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    Ahhh, 5 MOH which is really more like 8 MOH. I remember it well. A technical tour de force. Nice pics and thanks for the memories.

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    I don't ride with a computer, and neither do the other riders. I would guess that we took close to four hours to ride a very short distance (15 miles?). That includes lunch stops, stops to retry, and a pivot bolt fix. We bailed at the 2nd bailout. Given the amount of sand after the first bailout, we would consider an out and back to the first bailout next time. The entire route is a long day and I really don't think you would want to add another trail. I haven't ridden the red trail, so I really don't know how it compares to the 5 MOH. I would think that you would want to be 100% for this ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    Past his limits. I'm pretty sure all the downhill stuff was cleaned, but there were quite a few uphill moves that were beyond him. We are all fairly accomplished riders (me being the least technical) and it pushed us... A lot! And this trail is not one for pushing over the limits and risk taking, as it's in the middle of nowhere.

    Here's an up that he attempted, but didn't make. There were lots that weren't even attempted. FYI, he can make just about all the ups on the Slickrock Trail (I'd say all of them, but I can't verify that).

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    That looks like a blast, thanks for posting.
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    Thanks for the info. I'll definitely wait until I'm 100% before riding any real trails. That will push the limits of my patience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanMan
    Ray's is the Cheeseburger in Paradise after 7 days floating Deso-Grey. The Swell is swell. Nice pictures as usual.
    I could have used some paradise after my Deso trip in '09. What a crappy float that was. But we got lots of stories out of the deal.

    It can get a little breezy in that canyon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    I don't ride with a computer, and neither do the other riders. I would guess that we took close to four hours to ride a very short distance (15 miles?). That includes lunch stops, stops to retry, and a pivot bolt fix. We bailed at the 2nd bailout. Given the amount of sand after the first bailout, we would consider an out and back to the first bailout next time. The entire route is a long day and I really don't think you would want to add another trail. I haven't ridden the red trail, so I really don't know how it compares to the 5 MOH. I would think that you would want to be 100% for this ride.
    That looks like a fun challenge. Thanks for posting.

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    notice all the moto-riders blood on the rocks? Their carcasses and bikes are on the other side.



    I have have been meaning to give 5MHOH a try for years--I even drove the road before turning around-- but either the wind or other reasons detour my intentions.....Albeit your thread having beautiful photos and story, it doesn't make me feel like this is a destination spot.

    Oh wait, your beautiful photos....are just that. It looks like an amazing texture laden scene.

    I'm putting it back on my calendar.

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    yeah, this one has been on my list for a number of years too...

    nice pix SP
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Saweeet! hit it a few years ago, love that area



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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    Past his limits. I'm pretty sure all the downhill stuff was cleaned, but there were quite a few uphill moves that were beyond him. We are all fairly accomplished riders (me being the least technical) and it pushed us... A lot! And this trail is not one for pushing over the limits and risk taking, as it's in the middle of nowhere.

    Here's an up that he attempted, but didn't make. There were lots that weren't even attempted. FYI, he can make just about all the ups on the Slickrock Trail (I'd say all of them, but I can't verify that).

    Very impressive!

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    I have done it twice on a moto before I got back into Mtb. If you think these pics look tough there is stuff in there that takes a few guys to drag a moto up. If you want a good laugh go camp out and watch people try some of the ups. I did it with a large group the first time and it was carnage and half the group wanted to turn around after 1 mile. The second time there were only 3 more advanced riders and we all had trials tires and it took at 1/10 as long. I really want to give it a roll on the 29er. Props for representing the Knolly. I love my Endorphin and Delerium T

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    looks like a an amazing 5 miles at that

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    How much of those 5 miles were rideable?
    I've come as close as camping near Goblin Valley but wouldn't even want to try and convince my wife to give this one a go so we hiked some other stuff in the area. It has been on my radar for a while; great to have a visual!

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    the trails don't even look like trails?

    thats pretty sick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK_
    How much of those 5 miles were rideable?
    I've come as close as camping near Goblin Valley but wouldn't even want to try and convince my wife to give this one a go so we hiked some other stuff in the area. It has been on my radar for a while; great to have a visual!

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    We rode it back in '03 and we were able to ride about 85 - 90% of it. If you have good trial skills, you can probably ride more. Oh, and don't be fooled by the 5 miles. It's really more like 8 miles of the most fun, non-stop technical playground that you've ever ridden. But if you're mentally prepared for only 5, the last 3 will mess with your head.

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    casey is correct, and accomplished rider can ride 85-90%. It's a trail to experience and enjoy, even when you're walking. If it weren't in such an amazing place, there would be less appeal.

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    It's been on my list as well, but back burner since it's not really the type of challenge that the rest of the crew enjoys. Really need to make the extra drive and get out there one of these days. Thanks for the stoke, SP!
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