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    I'm trying to swing a trip to Salt Lake/Bountiful area between June 17-June 20. Then down to Moab for a few days. Any of you Utah'ns available for some rides? I'll bring my 24, 26, 29, and 36.

    Anyone want to chime in about some good rides in the area? I don't do super technical (scary) stuff, though I don't mind walking short stretches of technical sections.

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    Moab in June, that's a pretty hot time to ride. Get out early, then go swimming.

    High mountains around SLC have a lot of snow, so you'll have trouble with some access, but down low around town it sounds like they're riding.

    Last year we rode late June on some middle elevation trails around Logan and hit snow around 9,000 feet.

    We'll be in CO the first two weeks in June, not sure where we'll ride, probably Frint Range of maybe head South to Durango.

    My daughter is starting at U of U in SLC next Fall, so we'll be out there often, probably move there in a few years

    Where do you ride around San Jose?

    I was raised out there, went to school at West Valley Community College, later moved to Truckee and went to school at UNR. You like it out there with all those people?
    Last edited by Nurse Ben; 2011-06-01, 04:41 PM.
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    • #3
      If you're in Moab, you have to ride the Slickrock Trail. It's one of the best places for riders of any level to play, doing whichever bits they're comfortable with. The Sovereign trail system north of town (desert singletrack) is also pretty well set up for non-hardcore riders.

      Arches and Canyonlands both have some great roads for 36er riding, and you'll want to go there anyway, right?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tholub View Post
        If you're in Moab, you have to ride the Slickrock Trail. It's one of the best places for riders of any level to play, doing whichever bits they're comfortable with. The Sovereign trail system north of town (desert singletrack) is also pretty well set up for non-hardcore riders.

        Arches and Canyonlands both have some great roads for 36er riding, and you'll want to go there anyway, right?
        The last time I was in Moab I was on crutches from a mountain bike injury I had gotten a couple of days before leaving for Utah .

        I did Slickrock in 1995 on a mountain bike. That will be the first place I go when I get to Moab. I'll check out the Sovereign trail system. Sounds like it would be good for the 29. The 36 will be nice in the evening for some good road rides. I wish I could spend an extra week there.

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        • #5
          I have to plug the Moab rim trail, too. The first portion is mostly walking for most riders (long uphill), but The massive sand hill in the middle is a ton of fun and riding down the big slickrock slab at the end is wonderful.
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          • #6
            Every summer I visit Utah because I grew up in Ogden and still have family there. I fly in on the 14th, but the only uni I have in utah is a trials. Living on a tropical island, I have not had the chance to Muni, so I have no clue what my abilities are. I would love to ride in the Wasatch front area if someone would loan me a Muni.
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            • #7
              I'll be around and I'd be interested in a ride. UPD in Utah and Not so Young One - are you guys interested in another SLUGG muni ride?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tmoyer View Post
                I'll be around and I'd be interested in a ride. UPD in Utah and Not so Young One - are you guys interested in another SLUGG muni ride?
                Which trails do you ride? I looked up mountain biking in the SLC area and there are a lot. Maybe you can also recommend a good road ride.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mbalmer View Post
                  Which trails do you ride? I looked up mountain biking in the SLC area and there are a lot. Maybe you can also recommend a good road ride.
                  Porcupine Rim is one of the best. Intermediate to advanced.

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                  • #10
                    I looked up the Porcupine Rim Trail. It looks fun and I could hop off and walk the bigger drops and other technical stuff that's too much for me. I will be riding solo and don't want to do riding beyond my comfort zone for fear of injury and isolation. Does this make me a wuss? I think the Sovereign trail looks fairly easy. I will probably do that and Slickrock. I like the painted rock guides since I am not the greatest navigator.

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                    • #11
                      I wouldn't solo Porcupine Rim in June. It's a big commitment of a ride (at least 14 miles), with no bailouts, and it's in the desert. That said, it's spectacular, so if you can find someone to ride with, it's worth doing. There are some super-technical sections, but also long sections of relatively easy riding.

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                      • #12
                        Greetings from UPD in Utah!

                        Originally posted by mbalmer View Post
                        I'm trying to swing a trip to Salt Lake/Bountiful area between June 17-June 20. Then down to Moab for a few days. Any of you Utah'ns available for some rides? I'll bring my 24, 26, 29, and 36.

                        Anyone want to chime in about some good rides in the area? I don't do super technical (scary) stuff, though I don't mind walking short stretches of technical sections.
                        Hey mbalmer,

                        I've been off the forums for a while, and just saw your post. I'm not 100% certain of my plans for the weekend of June 18 & 19, but I'd be happy to get together and ride in the Salt Lake area on at least Friday & Monday mornings. And even if I'm out of town that weekend, I'll try to rally the SLUGGs (Salt Lake Uni Gals & Guys) for a group ride.

                        As for where to ride around Salt Lake: For muni, the "Bonneville Shoreline Trail" above the University of Utah and "Avenues" neighborhood is nice. So is the "Pipeline Trail" up Millcreek Canyon. Both of these are relatively straight-forward with almost no technical bits. I understand that there are also some nice trails in the Foothills above Bountiful, but I have yet to ride there. For 36er cruising, I like to ride the Jordan River Trail that runs North/South through the middle of the valley. It's easy and fun to do an out-and-back 20-miler there; it's flat and well paved.

                        I'll send you my mobile number by PM so we can firm up plans for local rides.

                        As for other places to ride in the State, Moab is definitely heating up right now, but if you're willing to get up eaaaarrrly, it's cool enough in the morning (plus the whole State has been experiencing cooler than normal temps). Higher elevations are STILL covered in snow, so that will limit you some, but there are tons of nice trails in the Park City that are opening up. AND, if you take I-15 up from St. George to SLC, you should go check out the trails at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

                        Looking forward to meeting you... and talk to you soon.

                        Cheers,

                        UPD in Utah

                        (a.k.a. Bert)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by UPD in Utah View Post
                          Hey mbalmer,

                          I've been off the forums for a while, and just saw your post. I'm not 100% certain of my plans for the weekend of June 18 & 19, but I'd be happy to get together and ride in the Salt Lake area on at least Friday & Monday mornings. And even if I'm out of town that weekend, I'll try to rally the SLUGGs (Salt Lake Uni Gals & Guys) for a group ride.

                          As for where to ride around Salt Lake: For muni, the "Bonneville Shoreline Trail" above the University of Utah and "Avenues" neighborhood is nice. So is the "Pipeline Trail" up Millcreek Canyon. Both of these are relatively straight-forward with almost no technical bits. I understand that there are also some nice trails in the Foothills above Bountiful, but I have yet to ride there. For 36er cruising, I like to ride the Jordan River Trail that runs North/South through the middle of the valley. It's easy and fun to do an out-and-back 20-miler there; it's flat and well paved.

                          I'll send you my mobile number by PM so we can firm up plans for local rides.

                          As for other places to ride in the State, Moab is definitely heating up right now, but if you're willing to get up eaaaarrrly, it's cool enough in the morning (plus the whole State has been experiencing cooler than normal temps). Higher elevations are STILL covered in snow, so that will limit you some, but there are tons of nice trails in the Park City that are opening up. AND, if you take I-15 up from St. George to SLC, you should go check out the trails at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

                          Looking forward to meeting you... and talk to you soon.

                          Cheers,

                          UPD in Utah

                          (a.k.a. Bert)
                          Thanks a.k.a. Bert. I'll keep you informed. I forgot that it's Father's Day that sunday. If I can get over the guilt, I'll be there.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by UPD in Utah View Post
                            Hey mbalmer,
                            I understand that there are also some nice trails in the Foothills above Bountiful, but I have yet to ride there.
                            My hometown is Ogden, so I used to mountain bike in the area. There is a trail above bountiful that was always a favorite. It leads up to an overlook of salt lake city, and is pretty cool.

                            I also know of a bunch of trails above weber state university that are a lot or fun because you can see over all of Ogden. Those trails are most likely to be dry, because they are parallel with the western side of the mountain. They have a lot of up and down.
                            Last edited by Ereksonj; 2011-06-08, 07:47 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Next time?

                              mbalmer,

                              I'm guessing that since we haven't heard from you that you've cancelled or postponed your plans to visit Utah this weekend. Let us know when you next plan on passing through.

                              Meanwhile, anybody up for a ride on the BST or Pipeline on Sunday morning? Send me a PM with phone number.

                              Cheers,

                              UPD in Utah

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