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MTB (god forbid) vacation?(16 posts)

MTB (god forbid) vacation?Jekyll
Mar 31, 2002 4:17 PM
Looking to find a MTB trip for some time in the fall. I've seen a few guided tours in the Moab. Just wondering if anyone has had any experiences with tour companies or would just suggest doing an unguided gig.
I'm not married to the idea of the Moab so any other suggestions are most welcome. Also, playing around with the idea of a trip that would include kayaking or rafting along with the MTB ride.

Thanks in advance.
San Juan Hut SystemtheBreeze
Mar 31, 2002 6:38 PM
Seven days, 210 miles, 16,000 ft. of climbing. Telluride, Co to Moab, UT. My husband and I did this trip with two other couples last summer and had the best time of our lives! It's a self-guided, hut-to-hut route. The company has six huts stocked with food water, bunks, sleeping bags etc. They send you route descriptions and maps, a key for the huts, and very useful instructions and gear lists. Huts sleep up to 8, so if you're a small group or individual you may have some other folks along. I'm pretty sure they run groups through late September. They are very well organized and we had no problems at all with the arrangments. Check them out at www.sanjuanhuts.com
10th Mountain Division Hut Systemmr_spin
Apr 1, 2002 9:00 AM
The 10th Mountain Division Hut system is located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado between Aspen, Leadville, and Vail. I did a trip out of Aspen in October that was awesome, but I don't think the company is around anymore. Still, check out http://www.huts.org/.

We went to McNamara, Harry Gates, Peter Estin, and Polar Star. A lot of the roads were jeep roads, but there is some really killer singletrack if you know where to look. Our guides always knew where to look!

By the way, the 10th Mountain Division memorializes the original WWII mountain/ski troops. Today, the current 10th Mountain is over in Afghanistan.
re: MTB (god forbid) vacation?B2
Apr 1, 2002 6:18 AM
You might think about trying Bend, Oregon. I've gone there the first week of October several times now. The accommodations at Sun River are typically 1/2 price then and the mtn bike routes are outstanding. A good guide is the Singletrack Anthology Central Oregon (available at http://www.hutchsbicycles.com/trail%20info.htm).

If you happen to bring along a road bike also, you can't beat the road riding around Mt Bachelor, Broken Top and the Sisters. The pavement is smooth, shoulders are wide and the traffic negligible.

Bryan
I've been to Sedona, AZ and Moab...biknben
Apr 1, 2002 7:55 AM
Both are great MTB destinations. Each time I went with a club. They had been to Moab before so a guide wasn't necessary. For the Sedona trip we hired a guide to take us out.

I'm going back to Moab in two weeks. Gonna be there for four days and I've reserved a guide for the last two days. I remember two days worth of riding but need a guide to take me beyond that.

FWIW: Canyonlands Fat Tire Festival (Moab) is in October. Can't beat that opportunity. A relatively small fee for the festival gets you more guided rides than you can imagine. I was there in '97 and had a blast.
oooh, sedona...loved it! thumbs up to "bike 'n bean". nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 1, 2002 8:44 AM
Yeah Bike 'n' Bean was sweat...biknben
Apr 1, 2002 10:30 AM
That 3D model of the area was awesome. I was there soon after he finished it. I use USGS maps often at work and was real impressed with his level of detail.
Moab babyIcefrk13
Apr 1, 2002 9:03 AM
But than again I live here in Utah and am kind of partial. I never have used a guide, we just buy the maps. If you do ride Moab make sure to ride Porcupine Trail. IMO it is the best ride down there. If you do not have multimple vehicles look into one of the shuttle servies and park at the trail tail, and shuttle up to the trail head.
Real men...mr_spin
Apr 1, 2002 9:11 AM
...do Porcupine Rim as a loop from town. Shuttles are for pansies!

That is the greatest trail in town, and maybe the greatest trail in all of mountain biking. If you aren't a technical rider, you will be by the end!
Real men...Icefrk13
Apr 1, 2002 10:25 AM
I have never ridden it as a loop, we alwas do it in the evening than proceed to Eddy McStiffs for calzones and beer ( a must if you are in Moab)
Getting really restless now...biknben
Apr 1, 2002 10:40 AM
As I said earlier, I'll be in Moab in two weeks. Hearing talk of Porc Rim is making me stir crazy. Being from NJ, trips west are few and far between.

Yes shuttles are for pansies but riding my full-suspension bike up Sandflats Road just stinks. I'm going with someone less experienced. The ride up that road would really put a hurtin on him. We'll probably park at the trailhead and ride back to town. Then I'll go back later for the vehicle. That is, if I can keep from doing the whole ride again. :-)
Hopefully the trail is free from snow. . .js5280
Apr 1, 2002 12:44 PM
I was there about a month ago and did some significant dragging the bike in the snow. Basically from the trailhead to where you turn the corner at the end of the canyon (about 2-3 miles I believe). This was one of the clearer spots in that section. My guess it's better now. Hell of a ride though. My first time, won't be my last. I'll be a pansie. Riding the road on a springy MTB just isn't that fun. I did start the ride from Slickrock though. That was a pretty boring ride as well. I'd much rather expend that energy on some nice Moab singletrack or slickrock. I can ride the boring miles at home.
Hopefully the trail is free from snow. . .Icefrk13
Apr 1, 2002 1:16 PM
Don't worry about the snow it has been over 70 degrees for the last week in Moab. We are going down at the end of April.
Brianhead, UT (nm)dsc
Apr 1, 2002 10:09 AM
Tahoe & Downiville?grzy
Apr 1, 2002 10:49 AM
Pretty darn good ridng out in the Sierras if you wanted to push further west, but the altitude may be a little more than you're used too. Lots of paddling on the American River (Sacramento) and up in Tahoe. There is also a lot great rides around the SF Bay Area, both north and south. The Santa Cruz Mtns have a lot to offer - this would work best if you were visiting biking friends to show you around.

Never been to Moab so I can't compare it, but from what I understand there is nothing like it. I gotta get there one of these years!
Vancouver CANADA!sctri
Apr 1, 2002 4:16 PM
first off, your wallet will appreaciate it, as the exchange rate is definitally in your favor. Furthermore, there is some of the best riding anywhere.. period...

Also, there is whistler/blackcome the kickass ski resorts who's glaciers you will still be able to ski.

More wilderness, forest, trees, rocks and rivers than you could ever know what to do with.

(and a great city too)

cheers
rc