May 12, 2017

Thompson & Sego Canyon–Day 2

Day 1 is next.   Thompsons Springs, Utah  (Thompson & Sego Canyon)  53 miles
We prefer riding trails, but this area has such great scenery that it is a must ride.                                                                          Today we headed up the canyon and stopped at the bordello. (Just before the 3way split to the right)  It was an interesting area to snoop around.  We found the old building fallen down, a root cellar, some more petroglyphs around the corner and some more across the dry creek bed.  we also found a white powder looking like talc. we drove to Sego again, so we stopped at the general store and noted that on one end of the building, there's a window where water would come in, under the building and out the other end, keeping things cold. There are numerous old stone buildings after Sego, constructed during the coal mining days 1911- 1950. There is history on the internet to read.

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   Going to the Ute Indian Reservation Gate. (15 miles from camp to the gate)  We continued up the road thru the Book cliffs, sandstone bluff, with erosion from wind, water and man.  You will travel up 3,500 feet, on a 4x4 road, with a mild grade. The plants will change from scrub cedars and oak, to mature pine trees, back to alpine vegetation. Such pretty plants, scenes of the valley below and Book Cliffs. When we reached the closed gate for motor vehicles, we stopped at the top, enjoying the green grass, mature pine trees and the million dollar view!
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   When we reached the Y of Sagers Canyon, we took the opportunity to view some different landscape. Same area, unusual sights, it was 14 miles thru the high desert and thru Segar Canyon to old highway #6, 7 miles back to Ballard RV park
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Bordello N 39*01.368’  W 109*42.676’

Ute gate  N39*08.917’  W 109*43.110’

Camp information on May 11, 2017 page

May 11, 2017

Thompson Springs, Utah 35 miles

We camped at Ballard Rv Park in Thompson’s Springs, Utah, elevation 4200ft. and rode our ATV's out to Thompson Springs Canyon. It is 3 miles on a older tar road.

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When the tar ends, there is a Hidden Arch on the right in a wash. The petroglyphs are on the left, where you will find a parking area and a out house  There are 3 separate areas, two on the left side of the road and one on the right side.  Sego Canyon Road,  where the petroglyphs and pictographs were left by several different cultures. The Fremont culture thrived from A.D. 600 to 1250 and was a contemporary with the Anasazi culture of the Four Corners area. There is also rock art from the Archaic period dating from 7000 B.C., the Barrier Canyon period from around 2000 B.C., and the Ute tribe dating from A.D. 1300..

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We continued on the road to a 3 way split in the road, the straight ahead is a nice ride to a area where you will find a coke oven, dead road.  If you take the left at the 3 way split it is a bladed road.  If you want to go to Doug's Point, take the 3rd trail to the left.  Keep going back in, towards the south, and you will find a monument marker stating it is Doug's point with a 1,000 ft drop to the valley below, great views from here.
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If you take the right at the 3 way split, to will pass by an old cemetery, then head on to Sego, an old coal town.  If you continue on you will rise in elevation to 7,000 ft where you will pass thru ponderosa pines and come to the Ute Reservation gate.
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GPS # Indian Petroglyphs N39*01.119'  W 109*42.578'
Hidden Valley  N39*01.084'  W109*42.507'
Doug’s point:  N 38*59.093'  W 109*43.208'
Cemetery  N39*01.410'  W109*42.649'

INFORMATION>
LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY=Green River, Utah   DIRECTIONS=15 miles west of Thompson Springs, Ut
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND=-desert, forest, mountain  , OWNER=  BLM, Nat Forest
QUALITY >  Pro –easy road riding, book cliffs/ Con –4 wheel road riding/  Length of stay 4 days/ Rating-3 stars
TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS, hills / forest / dust /some elevation     TRAIL MAINTENCE   / SQ. MILE AREA -/  NEAR BY TRAILS- Moab, Ut
REGULATIONS> Permit required-No / Campin g at Ballard Rv /whip-No / helmets req.-No / width req. No
FEE> Camping / Entry-No
KEY SERVICES> Camping , Water, Dump, Gasoline,  Diesel – in Thompson Springs, Ut / First Aid, Food=Green River, Ut
GPS POINTS>
SIDE TRIPS>Moab, Green River, Ut
CONTACTS>Blm and Info on internet

October 10, 2016

Hog Canyon, Kanab Utah

26 miles  Trails #1,3,5,6
This is one of my top 5 trails, (I've rode 10,000 miles, so far) smooth sandy trail, beautiful scenery, slick rock riding, and changeling spots. It is a good trail for an experienced rider.
We drove 1.5 miles north of Kanab, Ut on Hwy 89, to the Hog Canyon OHV Trail head, where you may unload our ATV's in the huge parking area. In .8 miles is the Kiosk and another large area. We took a picture of the OHV map at the kiosk, which was helpful.

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The trails are well marked, some of the trails are signed most difficult or extremely difficult, but there were go around spots to use. We took trail #1 back in checking out #2, which was a dead end. We then turned south on #3, which was a interesting area on top of the plateau. We then drove thru a ravine which was changeling over to #6 trail, another plateau trail looking down on Kanab 2,000 ft below. Some trails had work done on them to remove difficult boulders, which is made it passable.
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INFORMATION>
LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY=  Kanab, Ut  DIRECTIONS=1.5 miles north of Kanab, Ut, Hwy 89
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND=-desert, slick rock, canyon/hills  , OWNER=  BLM,                                                         QUALITY >  Pro- Best ride ever / Con-non /  Length of stay1-2 days / Rating-stars 5 of 5 star
TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS 50 plus , hills  / dust  /elevation       NEAR BY TRAILS- numerous
REGULATIONS> Permit required-yes / Camping /whip-no / helmets req.-no / width req.-no
FEE> Camping / Entry-no
KEY SERVICES> Camping / Gasoline / Diesel / First Aid /  Water /  Dump / Food=Kanab, Utah
SIDE TRIPS>Other trails including Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park OHV riding
CONTACTS>BLM Office and Kanab, Ut tourist office

September 28, 2016

Northern Black Hills, South Dakota

.40 miles and 35 miles

We visited the Forest Service office near Rapid City, SD, and got the Motor Vehicle Use Map, which shows all the trails in the Mystic and Northern Forest.

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The first day we trailered to Nemo to the trail head and rode on nice real trails to Hwy 385, past the Sugar Shack (a great burger joint) to other trails and made a nice loop back. Some of the trail turns to a gravel road, but the hills were fun, the trees were at their peak.

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The second and third trip we trailered to Piedmont, to the trailhead and choose trails to make a nice loop. There was a huge canyon with sandstone cliffs, ponderosa pine, aspen at their peak colors and a 40ft hole, where the ground had fallen 25 ft down and numerous caves.

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Having the Avenza map on the phone was a help to make sure where we were at.

July 26, 2016

Elk City Wagon road, Elk City, Idaho

Elk City Wagon Road-100 years ago starting at Harpster winding on the old Nez Pierce trail through Newsome and to Elk City, where in 1861 men were mining gold from the streams. The road brought in freighters, miner, mail.  In the winter the team of horses pulled sleights through ten feet of snow and cold. Half way was Mountain House Way Station, where you can get a meal and a place to sleep. Summer travel took two days, winter travel took five days. $2,000,000 worth of gold was taken from Newsome creek area.

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Day 1- 32 mi
We headed up the Forest Service road 1858,  to find a camp site, the road is very dusty, and at 4.5 mi we found camping site along the Newsome creek on the left and at Sing Lee campground. (no services)
Sing Lee had room for 10 campers, but Newsome campground just 1/4 mi up the road, there was room for 3 maybe.
We headed up the road, and on the Elk City  Wagon road, at the old town of Newsome, the 284  road gets rough and higher elevation, a fun atv ride. We went left to the Pilot Knob Lookout tower, fs rd 466 where Gary was manning the tower, at 7135 ft. Along the trail there we saw Pilot Rock, a landmark used by the Nez Pierce Indians long ago.  The trail to the lookout tower is 5 miles and the last miles is rocky and climbing.
We visited with Gary and he told us about the 2015, 7,000 acre fire that surrounds his fire lookout station. A large spark landed on his cat walk and burned a hole in the board, luckily he put out the fire. The firefighters put a shield around the tower and got Gary out of there.
On the way back we took 466 road and the 1858 road, which turned out to be just plain curvy dusty roads. The wagon road we went out on was much more interesting, with signs along the way, showing interesting points
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Day 2-36 mi
We headed south on fs rd 284, and got on the Nugget Peak trail #  828    , it is a narrow, hill climbing, weaving, the best trail we've rode on!! We came across a few small roads not on maps, so have your sense of direction. We hit fs rd 471 and went south till we hit fs rd 1199, which took us into the town of Elk City, Id. Take time and tour the town, Forest Service Ranger Station, a grocery store, Laundromat, shower house, a convenience store with a restaurant, gas, propane, grocery supplies, and other cafe in town.
After touring town and lunch we came back on 1199 and went on the Elk City Wagon Rd 1808, till we came across the sign for Elk Summit Lookout tower, 2 mi