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    Planning a trip in 09' to Moab and want to make sure I can ride the whole enchilada. I have been to Moab several times, but never during the right season to ride up high. Can anyone tell me what window I need to hit so that there will be no question about the ability to ride this entire trail?

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    Melt off is not known for sure til it happens. Summer heat can be dealt with by going early and not slow. This snow year is not looking big so far so burro could open early. Second season is a good bet late Agust-September. Last fall I got up there at least a dozen times and it is sooooo much fun! I think this year May is going to go, but who knows for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosta4038
    Planning a trip in 09' to Moab and want to make sure I can ride the whole enchilada. I have been to Moab several times, but never during the right season to ride up high. Can anyone tell me what window I need to hit so that there will be no question about the ability to ride this entire trail?
    Hazzard was melted out and rideable by the end of May this year, but there was definitely snow above. I am no expert on the La Sals, but my money says that July through mid-October would be good.

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    May is kind of a pipe dream, isn't it

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    Quote Originally Posted by axolotl
    May is kind of a pipe dream, isn't it
    For Burro down? Yeah, almost certainly. But you never know until April, eh?

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    Like JMH said, safer bet is early October...

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    September to early October should be prime.... Both times I've done it in late September. The frist time there had already been snow up high with some slushy riding on the first 1-2 miles off Burro Pass. This year it snowed the day after we did it and was closed by early October, I believe.

    I'd say mid August to mid September gives you less chance of being snowed out, but keep in mind that the heat down on Porc and towards the River could be an issue if you go too early.

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    We are going to be in the area from mid-June to early July. Obviously not good in terms of heat, but that is the only time we had available other than early March and we've been to Moab in early march before. We were hoping to ride the Whole Enchilada in July. Now if I can just get my new Turner build finished!

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    Last summer was pretty mild. Not many days above 105F. With proper rest and fluids riding all day at 100-105F days is very doable for some. But when you're wrong it sucks really bad. A big ol camel back filled with ice and a frozen gatorade or two in your pack works wonders to cool off a hot day.
    The problem is that Burro down is an 8 hour ride (or longer) for some people and a 3 hour (or less) for others. So whether it makes sense for you to do it in July is really up to you. I would go for it.

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    That's the plan: go heavy on liquid and go early in the day. I am actually a little more worried about heat on Slickrock and climbing up Amassa Back. Hoping to go fast enough down the Whole Enchilada to stay cool! Anyone doing shuttles to Burro down?

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    Kyle with Acme is my 1st choice,
    Brian with Poison Spider shuttle is also very cool.
    Folks at Uranium cycles are nice
    Coyote I try to stay away from and I haven't met the Kaibab replacements (Escape at Moab cyclery).

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    We used Brian before and agree he is a good dude. Will have to give he or Kyle a call when the time gets closer. I imagine a Burro shuttle takes a little more time to set up than the usual run to Porc.

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    Full moon mothers day weekend. That would be great for a snipe hunt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AleutianMTB
    We used Brian before and agree he is a good dude. Will have to give he or Kyle a call when the time gets closer. I imagine a Burro shuttle takes a little more time to set up than the usual run to Porc.
    Not really. It's more of a question of what's open. If Burro is open riders are going for that option and there's always going to be a shuttle there. If it's only open starting at Hazard, riders want at least that. The days of folks going to Moab and only thinking Porcupine down are over, although I'm sure there's plenty of shuttles that just go to LPS as a starting point.

    And I see you're coming down from Alaska. I doubt if you'd be coming from 100 degree temps and dry air ( ) so you need to give careful consideration of what weather you're going to be riding in. Moab early March, cool and sometimes wet. Moab mid-to-late September you start in maybe 40-50 degree temps at 11,000 feet but the last 18 or so miles is gonna be mid-to-high 90s.

    If you're one of the 3-4 hour riders from top of Burro to town you can get back quick and sort of beat the heat. If you're as slow as I am (7-8 hours, just ask KRob) the heat is brutal at the end and you'd better hope you haven't run out of water. I was waiting at the bottom for riders coming down from Burro last September (some of them were on their second Whole Enchilada in three days, I'd only done the first one) and witnessed scores of riders staggering in, high fiving all around and looking pretty dry and dead. And they'd only come from Porc down, about half the distance of Burro Down and weren't having to ride the rest of the way into town. And I bet a lot of them thought they were great shape! I'm just sayin'...
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