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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    50K mtb ride this Valentine's Day in Moab!

    check this out - a ride (not a race) this saturday. a few spots on the trail (higher, shaded areas) are still snow covered, but otherwise it is fine.
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    Course Description and Logistics for the Red Hot 50K Fat Ass
    Note: Runners and bikers are welcome. There is a 12-mile course version too (see the course description below).

    Location: Moab, Utah
    Date: 2/14/04
    Runner and Biker Sign In: 7:30AM
    Trail briefing and last minute instructions: 7:45AM
    Start: 8AM
    Finish: Whenever you feel like it

    Fun Run Start Location: Kane Creek Blvd trailhead. From Center Street in downtown Moab, drive 0.7 miles south on Route 191. At the light between Burger King and McDonald’s turn right onto Kane Creek Blvd. At 1.5 miles stay left through a “dangerous intersection” (in other words stay left and go towards the CO River and “The Portal”). Continue on this road as it passes along the Colorado River for another 4.1 miles, cross a cattle guard (this will actually be the second cattle guard since the left turn at the “dangerous intersection”) and the road turns from asphalt to dirt. Parking and start will be just past this cattle guard and on the right in a large dirt lot. Look for the “runners and bikers”.

    Aid and Drop Bags: You have option of creating two drop bags. One will be taken to mile 10 and the other will go to mile 20. Please label them as your own. Drop bags will come back to the start. Aid stations will have minimal supplies. Water for sure. Other than that nothing can be promised. We are working on getting some goodies for runners and bikers.

    Brief Course Description: Once you leave the start, runners and bikers will not see their vehicles until they finish the course. Look for occasional brown “carbonite” posts along the course to steer you in the correct direction.
    Runners and bikers will leave the parking lot, take a left on Kane Creek Blvd (back toward town), cross the cattle guard and then take a right onto the Pritchett Canyon “Road”. The designated “road”, according to RS2477 statutes (a bad Utah inside joke), will continue up Pritchett Canyon for 4.5 miles winding in and out of the wash bottom and peak on White Knuckle Hill. Good views found here into the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. Note: There are many side trails and “social trails” in this segment, but just stay on the most worn trail. Hint: Look for where most of the bike tire and vehicle tire tracks go and follow them. You shouldn’t have a problem.
    At 5.7 miles a spur trail will head to the right and up to the base of Prichett Arch. Look and you’ll see the arch, but continue straight.
    At 6.1 miles take a right at the signed trail intersection into Hunter’s Canyon.
    At 8.2 miles stay left at unsigned junction. If you take a right the trail will dead end in a half mile against the slick rock canyon walls.
    At 8.5 miles the two-track you’ve been following ends and becomes a single track! Look for rock cairns and follow them, Hunter Canyon will be on your left.
    At about 9.5 miles you will begin the descent into Gatherer Canyon. Follow the most worn way down the broken rock face, look for cairns, look for footprints for the easiest way down. Note: This section involves some scrambling; there are ways down without jeopardizing your safety. If you pick a dead end (cliff-out), try again someplace else. People descend this all the time and many do it with bikes! Home course advantage really helps here unfortunately.
    Once at the bottom of Gatherers Canyon, continue down the canyon to Kane Springs Blvd (dirt road). There will be aid here along the road (approximately mile 10).
    Turn left on Kane Creek Blvd and head to Hurrah Pass on the well defined and graded dirt road. Note: For those who have had enough, you can take a right on Kane Creek Blvd and run the two miles back to your vehicle. This is the 12-mile version. Just let someone know your plan please!
    At approximately 14 miles you will cross Kane Creek (a very sandy crossing with lots of tamarisk) and begin the LONG climb up to Hurrah Pass.
    At 17.5 miles you’ll arrive at Hurrah Pass! Yes, you can yell Hurrah…how do you think it got its name? Views are awesome here. Continue down the other side…a very nice decent.
    At about 20 miles, at the bottom of the long descent from Hurrah Pass, you will make a right turn in a wash. There will be aid at this turn and they will direct you down the correct trail.
    In about a half mile you will pass Camelot on your left…look for the camels, no joke! In another half mile you will exit the sandy wash you’ve been running in and take the two-track road to your right. Take road the entire way to “Jackson-Hole”, again stay on the most worn trail avoid the social/unworn trails.
    At about 24.5 miles turn right on a road in a wash bottom. You will be going counter-clock wise around the monolith at the center of Jackson’s Hole.
    At 26.5 miles take the spur to your right and continue up “Jacob’s Ladder”. A good, steep climb up the slick rock cliff face…the trail is well defined and used by many hikers and bikers.
    At the top of Jacob’s Ladder (mile 27), you will come to a T-intersection. This is the Amasa Back Trail. Look around…the views are killer!!! Take a right and you are now headed back towards the finish.
    At mile 29.5, the Amasa Back Trail brings you back to Kane Creek Blvd (dirt). Take a left and run the last 1.5 miles back on the good, graded road back to the your vehicle and the finish.

    Course Markings and Map: We will do minimal course marking. We will do our best to mark critical turns. Type of marking and placement will be presented at the course briefing on the 14th. Maps will be made available to runners and bikers on fun run day. Note: If you would like a map prior to race day send me a SASE and I’ll get it to you ASAP.

    Awards: Yeah, right!

    Post Race Activities: Yes!

    Partial trail description of Pritchett Canyon (First part of Red Hot course):
    Trail description and map of Jackson Hole Loop (second part of Red Hot course):

    More trail info can be found in A Falcon’s Guide: Mountain Biking Moab.

    Information on local Moab lodging, restaurants and businesses:

    If you need further info call or write Ian Torrence at:
    46 South 400 East
    Moab, UT 84532
    (435) 719-4091
    [email protected]

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    Valentine Day Ride

    Since Mack and Fruita are all covered in snow your Saturday ride sounds like a good work out. How many riders are you expecting? Will the route be dry as I do not enjoy destoying single track or trashing my bike with mud? I'm going to try to make the drive over early Saturday if I can get another rider to come along.
    Last edited by Rockwood; 02-12-2004 at 07:29 AM.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Fruita and Mack are a bit higher in elevation.

    In Moab, from what we have heard, the tops of the canyons and some shaded, north-facing areas have a little bit of snow, but otherwise the course is fairly dry.I think a considerable amount of snow has melted in the last 2 days.

    we'll find out!

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Feb 2004


    Quote Originally Posted by jcospo
    Fruita and Mack are a bit higher in elevation.

    In Moab, from what we have heard, the tops of the canyons and some shaded, north-facing areas have a little bit of snow, but otherwise the course is fairly dry.I think a considerable amount of snow has melted in the last 2 days.

    we'll find out!
    Are you planning on riding tomorrow. I'm still undecided as I am thinking Soveirn Trail later in he day once it warms up. Looks like it'll still be around 20 at 8 tomorrow.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    just got back. on saturday the high temp was about 40. cold in the morning at 8a, but sun warmed things up nicely. rode pritchett canyon first. this ride was about 1/3 snow-covered, as the canyon is very narrow and the sun doesn't come in much. then we dumped down to Kane Creek Rd, and we rode this up and over hurrah pass, down into Jackson Hole, hiked up Jacob's Ladder, and then came down Amasa Back. This last 20 mile section same as Tour of Canyonlands xc race course) was entirely dry and nice.

    rode sovereign trail this morning. fine for the first 4 miles, then encountered some snow. high was in the mid 40s.

    most snow i have ever seen in and around moab (Fruita CO River side looked unridable with about 4" of snow). Dry rides and areas were kane creek road, hurrah pass, amasa back, poison spider, slickrock.

    will go back in a few weeks...let things melt out some and get back into normal temps (mid 50s). i bet this cold moisture will end up making springtime in the desert very colorful!

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