|Up Onion Creek Road|
|Getting our things together|
|Marys Loop Over looking the Colorado River|
After the hike-a-bike we got on a fast road all the way to the Rabbit Valley Trailhead. After taking a quick break, we continued on some double track, which included sand and rock ledges. We had also noticed the Western Rim Trail and how fun it looked. I've heard the riding in Rabbit Valley is great, but the look of this trail convinced me I would need to return.
|Western Rim Trail Area|
|spigot with clean water....YUM!|
Between Westwater and Cicso Boat Ramp there is a whole lot of nothing just plain desert with the occasional nice view, and the riding was very easy. Mike and I did a lot of chatting. After Cisco we got on paved road again, then some more technical riding along McGraw Bottom. We reached Hwy 128 after some spectacular views of the mountains ahead.
|Just before HWY 128|
|Old Dewey Bridge|
|The crux of the trail, Rose Garden Hill.|
|Mike warming up|
|Officially entering the LaSal National Forest|
|Top of the climb before we descend to Castle Valley Road|
We descended from Bull Draw down to Castle Valley Road on a very fast paved road. Just as we were about to start our final climb of the trip we were stunned to see "road closed 1.5 Miles ahead no access to Sand Flats Road." My stomach dropped, confusion set in. We were hoping this wouldn't end our trip early. This was one thing we never thought to look into, but once I saw that sign I thought how stupid I was to have not to! We disregarded the initial sign as well as the one 1.5 miles ahead on the road. Once we arrived to the construction we were immediately greeted by some construction jerk. I asked to speak to the foreman as this guy was not the brightest. The foreman was kind and said he has not let anyone through, but said there was a road at the valley floor that would take us around the construction. We thanked him and right there descended down to the valley floor.
|We scaled down this hill.....how funny!|
|Sand Flats Road looking East|
I need to thank Rad Anzulovic of 2Pedal Mountain Biking, Rad helped Mike and I with last minute trip planning and convinced us that we needed to do a water drop (so thankful for that). He also sent over his draft of his Kokopelli's Trail Guide book. It was very easy to use and help tremendously. I cant thank Rad enough for the help, Please check out his web site and look out for the Guide book coming out soon!
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Also Check out this brief video Mike made using his Go Pro Footage.