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    Blue Mtn vs Bryce to Zion- Opinions Apprec

    Coming out from New Jersey for my second trip west this June. Did Moab two years ago & had a blast. Right now torn between a Bryce to Zion trip (incl/ Thunder Mtn) & a four day w/ one of the tour groups @ Blue Mtn. Probably comes down to personal preference but since I don't get out that often any input is appreciated. Tks

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    Blue mtn, Pa? If so, I dont know to much about that area. Bryce canyon is awesome to see for the first time and Thunder Mtn is a awesome trail with great scenery. As far as Zion this place is beautiful and is totally worth spending a few days hiking around in! I live an hour away and am always amazed by zion when i visit! Hope that helps!

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    Heres a pic from Thunder Mtn
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    Tks Shelbster,

    Should have been more clear. Apparently there are trails a little south of Moab, Abajo Mtn, that are called the blues. That said, tks for the post & the picture . The more I searched the site the more convinced I became that Bryce/Zion is the way to go. Much appreciated

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    nice pic shelbster, I need to get up there sometime, may be going to Moab with Team Sanchez near the end of April, maybe your crew would like to go too? You guys need a a name........I don't know what it could be.....when you decide on one you can submit to us and we'll hold a vote and change whatever name you've decided on to "The Red Storm." HAHAHA
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    I've heard there are some amazing, lesser known high country trails on Blue Mountain and the Abajos between Monticello and Blanding. What tour company is doing rides up there? Western Spirit? Hermosa?

    Thunder Mountain is super cool, no doubt, but the rest of South west Utah may be too hot by mid June and Brianhead/Navajo Lake/Virgin Rim may still be covered in snow. Lots of great stuff in SW Utah including Gooseberry and Little Creek Mesa though.

    Couple more TM shots to get you stoked.

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    as you already know Krob, the AZ trip's a bust..........poor economy forcing us to stay home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wasea04
    as you already know Krob, the AZ trip's a bust..........poor economy forcing us to stay home.
    Bummer. Team Sanchez in Moab come April should be fun though.

    I think I'm heading to Moab later this month and AZ for our Spring Break in April. Can't wait!!
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    Krobs got a good point about the summer heat in southwest utah in june, its awful hot during the day. Morning and evening rides are a must. Thunder mtn, brian head, bunker creek and virgin rim should be nice weather. They are all higher altitude. Should be snow free by june, maybe a couple drifts in heavy shaded areas but last two years I've rode bunker creek in June and its been fine. Goose and little creek mesa are about 4000-5000alt I believe? So, cooler then 105 in st. george. Not saying dont visit due to the heat, just warning you.

    Haven't rode anything south of Moab but does sound interesting, being higher elevation weather should be nice and remote. I have seen pics from burro pass south of Moab, it looks awesome but so is some of the trails here in the SW. Tough pic....

    here are some pics of bunker creek. Its on the southern plateau so brian head and virgin rim look similar........Maybe an hour max from thunder mtn.
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    Shelbster,

    Have you guys had much snow down at Brianhead this year? I'm dragging some friends down there this Summer and planned on late June. Always had gone in late July and August before. Figure it'll be clear of snow, huh?

    Bunker Creek looks very nice!! (Kazakhstan accent implied) Is it pretty buff the whole way? More or less tech than Dark Hollow?

    Will somebody melt this snow?

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    There's some great riding in the Abajos if your into somewhat primitive singletrack and solitude. Definitely a bit off the beaten track. Some info can be found in this thread
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=399555
    Western Spirit does guided trips in the area.

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    I think Bryce to Zion would be your safest bet for a great tour. I've heard mixed opinions of the Abajos...some like it, some don't. Western Spirit is top notch; they'll deliver a first rate experience.

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    P-town, should be clear by then, there has always been some drifts at the peak 11,000 ft but quickly disappear by early or mid june, you should be safe. that first pic i just posted was takin early june of last year. near the peak on bunker creek.

    Utahmountainbiking.com has great info on bunker creek. Its not very technical and is like 7 miles on buff fun fast singletrack before plungin on a fire road for another 5 miles downhill to panguitch lake, you will hit 30 mph for most the road. I prefer taking right hand bunker creek which is a left at the fork when heading downhill. It has more buff fast meadows to fly through. Dark hollow and bunker are both awesome but bunker is more mellow, smooth.

    Either way you choose jsc1 post pics when ur done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-townDave
    Shelbster,

    Have you guys had much snow down at Brianhead this year? I'm dragging some friends down there this Summer and planned on late June. Always had gone in late July and August before. Figure it'll be clear of snow, huh?

    Bunker Creek looks very nice!! (Kazakhstan accent implied) Is it pretty buff the whole way? More or less tech than Dark Hollow?

    Will somebody melt this snow?

    Dave- Yeah as shelbster15 said, not as tech. You pedal a long way before heading down, but it's a mach 1 trip after that. A few off-camber, blown-out Deer Valley side-hill sections, some good rocks (nothing like Dark Hollow) and then a fun fire road that has a smooth, high center between the tire tracks resulting in endless hip transfers from one side to the other at 30mph. Yeah, it's not much fun.

    So how is your recovery? You ready to roll before June?

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    Hey man,

    3wks after surgery and counting. I'm planning to start riding again in late April to early May. I even ordered a unitard and a bottlecage to resign myself to XC riding for a while. I gonna try to get a "JMH physique" as my current Homer Simpson look isn't working for me. . . I would think pumptracks are OK and I've been watching yours on flickr progress nicely!!

    Rode St George a week before this surgery to test out the first surgery. Super good! Gave me hope! St George in winter. . . what a gem! Highly recommended to everyone!

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