Bike size: All bike sizes are welcomed.
Distance: Around 150 miles
"Note that the Hey Joe mine at the end of the trail has been caved in and blocked. It is no longer accessible." However this does not impact the overall ride nor does RMAR condone going into mines. Also while down by the river please keep revving down as this is a popular area used by boaters.
This is a nice fairly easy ride. The distance will be the challenge of the day and getting to Hey Joe Mine. The main goal is to see the Hey Joe Mine, and then make your way to Tenmile wash trailhead which is located by water with shade and a good place to stop and relax; then north and back toward 191.
Larger bikes or newer riders to actually get to the mine might have some difficulty. The views will be worth this trip, and you will have campfire stories and good memories to share with all.
It will be a long day, so bring food and lots of water.
Overview: (Borrowed from: http://www.utah.com/offroad/hey_joe.htm)
Hey Joe Canyon, a site of some mining ruins, is a short tributary to Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River. To get into the canyon, one must travel about 20 miles of pavement and 10 miles of good dirt road to the rim of Spring Canyon, where a spectacular ledge road winds down a 600-foot cliff to the canyon bottom. The trail follows the canyon about 2 miles to the Green River and another 9 miles upstream in Labyrinth Canyon to Hey Joe Canyon. The trail along the river is subject to rockfalls and collapse. Some of the hand-made passages can be difficult for full-size pickups and such. Although the brushy tamarisk alongside parts of the trail is occasionally cut back, fancy paint jobs may prefer another trail. Approximate mileage: 85 total, 45 off highway.
Scenery: The access roads include the paved one in Sevenmile Canyon and good dirt roads in the open plateau country and into Spring Canyon to the Green River. Spring Canyon is a jewel. The trail enters Labyrinth Canyon at Bowknot Bend, a large loop of the river where the river doubles back and threatens to short-cut the loop in the near future, geologically speaking. There are abandoned mining roads on both sides of the river; remains of the cable that ferried equipment across the river may be seen.
Road Surface: The road into Spring Canyon once carried ore trucks and heavy equipment but has been subject to erosion from storms. It is now being maintained as part of the Grand County road system. The roads in Spring Canyon and Labyrinth Canyon are good dirt except where erosion has narrowed them or left rockfalls that were made passable with the least possible labor.
Obstacles: There are no fixed obstacles on this route; the hard places move around as erosion continues. Some of the older rockfalls have been crossed so much that they are getting easy. The road is scary when dry and terrifying (dangerous, too) when wet.
|Event||2016 Moab Rendezvous|
|Start Time||8 Sep, 9:00 AM|
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