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    Looking for Info on the Gravel Roads around Scofield Reservoir

    I'm doing my duty as a scout leader at Scofield Scout camp next week, one of several leaders taking a bunch of 12 year olds to a week long scout camp.

    I'm hoping to get up early once or twice and get some riding in on the gravel roads around this area on my hardtail. I've been wanting to ride the Skyline Drive for quite some time, but haven't made it there yet. So I cooked up this 31 mile day loop that takes me from Scofield reservoir out to the Skyline Drive and back:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/13656891

    To be safe I'll assume there won't be any water along the way, so I'll have to carry enough to get me through 31 miles, but I'm guessing there will be various creeks to filter if I need to. Any advice is appreciated. This area is kind of off the beaten path but I'm hoping these gravel roads on the maps are free of snow, open and rideable. If there are any other routes I should consider, that advice would be welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Boz View Post
    I'm doing my duty as a scout leader at Scofield Scout camp next week, one of several leaders taking a bunch of 12 year olds to a week long scout camp.

    I'm hoping to get up early once or twice and get some riding in on the gravel roads around this area on my hardtail. I've been wanting to ride the Skyline Drive for quite some time, but haven't made it there yet. So I cooked up this 31 mile day loop that takes me from Scofield reservoir out to the Skyline Drive and back:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/13656891

    To be safe I'll assume there won't be any water along the way, so I'll have to carry enough to get me through 31 miles, but I'm guessing there will be various creeks to filter if I need to. Any advice is appreciated. This area is kind of off the beaten path but I'm hoping these gravel roads on the maps are free of snow, open and rideable. If there are any other routes I should consider, that advice would be welcome.
    I was up in that zone a few weeks ago. Skyline drive up high was still snowy ( and closed to vehicles ) but that has probably changed. There are so many roads its crazy, but beware that there is a fair bit of traffic on the big ones ... trailer dragging nature lovers everywhere.

    report back - cool area. there is singletrack too but it isn't on the web and a lot of it is horse trail etc.

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    Well I did this loop yesterday. I had to deviate around a private neighborhood near the Scofield Reservoir, which added 12 miles to the route. I revised the route on Strava and here is what it looks like now:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/13908368


    I can report this area is just awesome. Plan on taking more time than you thought, because you will stop frequently to take pictures. If you want to skip the road mileage, just throw your mountain bike in the car and drive up the road, that would save a few road miles and you just start on the gravel off of highway 96.

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    Heading up Bear Canyon.


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    Looking back down to Scofield Reservoir

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    On the Skyline Drive.

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    The route down Little Bear Road is rocky and narrow, with a few downed trees.

    This whole route just made me want to get out and bike-pack the whole Skyline Drive, starting at Spanish Fork canyon and heading 100 miles South almost to Salina. This area is close to SLC and just incredible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Boz View Post
    Well I did this loop yesterday. I had to deviate around a private neighborhood near the Scofield Reservoir, which added 12 miles to the route. I revised the route on Strava and here is what it looks like now:

    https://www.strava.com/routes/13908368


    I can report this area is just awesome. Plan on taking more time than you thought, because you will stop frequently to take pictures. If you want to skip the road mileage, just throw your mountain bike in the car and drive up the road, that would save a few road miles and you just start on the gravel off of highway 96.

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    Heading up Bear Canyon.


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    Looking back down to Scofield Reservoir

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    On the Skyline Drive.

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    The route down Little Bear Road is rocky and narrow, with a few downed trees.

    This whole route just made me want to get out and bike-pack the whole Skyline Drive, starting at Spanish Fork canyon and heading 100 miles South almost to Salina. This area is close to SLC and just incredible!
    Nice report - looks awesome. Skyline does seem more interesting than I maybe guessed. We've always talked about using it to do something like a "white rim of the north/mountains" ... although it is harder to make it a loop.

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