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Old 05-09-2017, 07:44 PM   #1
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Heading to Green River, UT for Jeeping

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I've got the Blue Ox Patriot braking system in the Jeep, TPMS all around, and I am anxious to see how it does in the mountains on I-70. The RV tows the Jeep effortlessly here on the flats, we'll see how it does in the mountains. I'm sure it's going to be different than having the Miata back there.

I've got the cigars and whiskey packed, and enough BBQ pulled pork off the smoker to feed the group for the first night. Laisez le bon temps roulet!
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Going won't be bad, it's coming home that will be tough. I always dislike going east past Glenwood Springs on I-70.

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So far so good! The climb up to the Eisenhower tunnel and Vail Pass was uneventful with the RV able to maintain 50 mph. Downhill was uneventful with the transmission in 3rd or 4th with a few taps on the brakes. Fuel mileage was 13.5 mpg for the 351 mile trip. Not bad towing the Jeep! We are set up at the KOA in Green River and it's very nice. Quiet and lots of space between sites. I say quiet because we are the only ones out enjoying the evening with a gathering around the campsite. I hope we're not being the rowdy bad neighbors!
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What a great, relaxed day. The KOA in Green River is very nice. The back-in spots are spaced 60 feet apart!
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My plans to do nothing all day fell apart after a couple hours of tinkering on the Jeep, so I went for a short drive. After 7-8 hours on the road yesterday, and 4 full days of Jeeping planned, not to mention the drive home, I have to question my sanity in wanting to go for a drive. A friend in his jeep and I headed south out of town down a dirt road. We didn't get to far until we were stopped waiting for a crew to finish replacing some large culverts across the road.
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After a while, we came to a sign for Fossil Point, with a side road heading over to the Green River. We never did find the fossils, but we got to an overlook where we could see the river in the distance, but there was a locked gate so we could get no closer.
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The scenery was great, so the trip was worth it, even if we couldn't get down to the river.
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Tomorrow he real fun starts as the whole group of 4 Jeeps go exploring. Meanwhile, I'm worried about the others who went off today to hike the canyon of the Muddy River. It's a 15 mile hike, wading through water that can get chest deep. The web site says the hike can get difficult with river flows of 150 cfs and today's flow was around 175 cfs. No word from them get, and they left at 6:00 AM; it's now almost 7:00 PM. Maybe I worry too much?
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Meanwhile, I'm worried about the others who went off today to hike the canyon of the Muddy River. It's a 15 mile hike, wading through water that can get chest deep. The web site says the hike can get difficult with river flows of 150 cfs and today's flow was around 175 cfs. No word from them get, and they left at 6:00 AM; it's now almost 7:00 PM. Maybe I worry too much?
You're right in worrying about your friends. Sure hope they're o.k. The big issue in the desert is rain which causes these calm or semi-calm streams to become violent. The same issue with a dry wash (gully) and if it rains 20 miles beyond, it could become deadly in minutes. Slot canyons are dangerous in this way. When your friends return, please talk about these dangers if they're not aware of them.
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Thanks for your concern. They are experienced and that may lead to overconfidence. I've checked the river flows and while the flow is higher, it's not at a flash flood stage. I'm more concerned about fatigue and hypothermia.
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I contacted the sheriff's department and they were already looking for 2 overdue rafters in the same stretch of river. Aft
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I contacted the sheriff's department and they were already looking for 2 overdue rafters in the same stretch of river. Aft

Hit send before I finished typing!
After a short wait, the sheriff's deputy called back with news that our friends were off the river but had a dead battery in their Jeep. All's well.
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Not sure about your agenda but the San Rafael Swell is right up the hill from you with plenty of jeep roads and some very cool pictograph panels Like Head of Sinbad, right out of town a few miles is Black Dragon Canyon at the base of the reef which has a great panel as well (not the freeway scenic pull off) The Maze District of Canyonlands NP has good roads not hardcore mind you but they lead to some great viewpoints and trail heads including the Flint trail. Not to mention Horseshoe Canyon and the Great Gallery pictograph panel one of the premier panels in the world. Poison Springs canyon, waterhole flat, Earnies country, land of standing rocks all in or near the park. Poison Springs can be rough. Way more than you can see in a week that is for sure. Been going there for 40 years and still havent been everywhere or hiked all the canyons/slots.
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Not sure about your agenda but the San Rafael Swell is right up the hill from you with plenty of jeep roads and some very cool pictograph panels Like Head of Sinbad, right out of town a few miles is Black Dragon Canyon at the base of the reef which has a great panel as well (not the freeway scenic pull off) The Maze District of Canyonlands NP has good roads not hardcore mind you but they lead to some great viewpoints and trail heads including the Flint trail. Not to mention Horseshoe Canyon and the Great Gallery pictograph panel one of the premier panels in the world. Poison Springs canyon, waterhole flat, Earnies country, land of standing rocks all in or near the park. Poison Springs can be rough. Way more than you can see in a week that is for sure. Been going there for 40 years and still havent been everywhere or hiked all the canyons/slots.


Thanks for all of these suggestions! We are mapping out some trails, and have been coming to Green River area for just the past 3 years. We have done a sampling of the trails and hope to get more mapped this year. We are part of a 'club' and the leader runs the web site traildamage.com, so each year the new-to-us trails get mapped and trail descriptions, trip reports, and photographs for each of the trails gets added to the web site. The site now has over 400 trails in Colorado and Utah catalogued with downloadable gps tracks.

We did run Black Dragon Canyon a couple years ago and just ran it again today, along with Jackass Benches and Swazey's Leap. Tomorrow is the Devil's Racetrack and Fixit Pass.

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Again, thanks for your suggestions! I wish I could have 40 years of doing this, but I've had 14 and hope for a few more!
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Glad your friends are o.k.!!


Thanks for your concern. It turned out they had quite an ordeal as some of the time they were in swift water being carried along by the current and getting banged up. 15 miles of this in and out of cold water can take quite a toll. They were over-confident as I had thought.

After the call from the sheriff's office (thank you Emery County Sheriff's Department!) saying they were accounted for, it was still around midnight before they got back to camp. One of the Jeeps threw its serpentine belt at the I-70 on ramp 30 miles from Green River at around 11:30 at night. Again, they were fortunate as that could have happened while they were still 2 hours back in the wilds.

All in all, some very strong lessons learned as it could have been much worse.
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Yesterday was a fun day as we took the Devil's Racetrack and Fix It Pass trails. It was windy but sunny and pleasantly warm, not hot.

These trails had a couple places that were more challenging than the day before. I needed the lockers to get through some of these rougher spots. Otherwise, the trails were very scenic with not very many people out on them. We met a couple larger groups of side by sides, one pair of a pickup and Jeep that had turned around at the difficult spot on Fix It Pass, and a group of 3 Jeeps.

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Sunday was another fun day of trails, this time closer to Moab. We went on Spring Canyon Bottom, Secret Spire, and Crystal Geyser.Click image for larger version

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