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Archery Deer Hunt 2015

Back in August I went on an archery deer hunt. I headed out on the 15 and camped for 5 days. Dad bought a new camp trailer that he let me use for the hunt. The first day I ran across a big two point deer with some smaller bucks but they busted me quickly and ran off. Then a storm blew in and rained pretty heavy for the rest of the night. The next day I came across two large four point bucks but there were already some other hunters stalking them but they got busted and I never did come across those two again. While riding back to camp I started to round the corner and in the apex of the turn there was an old arrowhead. Dad went home so the rest of the week I was alone. During the rest of the week I kept driving by a small two point buck but passed on him in hopes of getting a look at the other large bucks. But finally on the day I was going to head home I saw the smaller deer and shot him. It was a 40 yd shoot that double lunged him with a clean pass through. I was happy.

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Posted by on October 11, 2015 in Archery, ATV, Camping, Hunting, Mountains, Outdoors

 

Spring Canyon ATV Ride

Clear back on April 15, I took a fun four wheeler ride. We left early in the day and stopped in Green River for some breakfast. Then followed the old highway 6 to the end and staged at a gravel pit just off of I-70.

We drove down the dirt roads finding some geocaches along the way. Our first major stop was at Dripping Springs crossing.

It was an interesting spot and after a few pictures we rode out to Secret Spire. Found a geocahce and hiked around some.

The next stop was across the canyon at Dallenbaugh Tunnel. But to get there was a rough road that went around the canyon. Along this road we ran into our first group of people. There was three built Jeeps just leaving the Tunnel. The tunnel is kind of hidden but a short hiking trail lead us right to it.

We then took a different route out. It was another jeep trail and it had lot of rocky sections and a fun high speed whoop section. At one point along the road we were up high in the cliffs and we could see the road below us and kept wondering when is road going to make its way down. We then came to a real steep section that was just sandstone leading down. I really had a good time on this road.

After getting back on the main road, Dad’s four wheeler started to backfire then died. We tried to start but it wouldn’t start. So we pulled the fuel line and a bunch of dirt came flowing out. Somehow his bike sucked in some dirt. After clearing the lines it fired up but still gave us problems once in a while. We debated on whether to turn around or keep going but decided to chance it.

We made it to the top of Spring Canyon and it was a nice view. The road is along a shelf with quite the drop off on one side. I thought this was a cool road. Once we made it to the bottom we stopped in the shade of a group of trees and had lunch.

From there we followed the trail toward Hey Joe Canyon. This is where the trail got really rough. I hit bottom of my Rzr way to many times. We didn’t make it all the way to Hey Joe. We made it as far as the Launch Marguerite inscription before deciding to turn around because Dad’s ATV was still giving us trouble.

After turning around we made it back to the top without any incidence. We then followed the main road to the Dubinky Well and I couldn’t believe how big the windmill was.

Afterwards we headed back for the trucks. It started to rain off and on until we got back to the trucks, I was glad I had a windshield and a roof. We stopped back in Green River for dinner then headed home. It ended up being about a 96 mile ride and was a blast.

Update: Dad’s ATV got worse after getting it home. We ended up tearing the carb apart twice to clean it and then buying a rebuild kit. As well as pulling the fuel valve out of the tank and cleaning the screens. Now it runs better than before.

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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in 4X4, ATV, Desert, Geocaching, Outdoors

 

Thousand Lake Mountain (Solomon Basin)

This year I drew a deer tag for the Thousand Lake Mountain unit. So I went out over the weekend to some fishing and scout out some of the trails. I had planned on camping on the North side and then ride around and make my way South. The weather didn’t cooperate like it should have. So I just spent all my time on the North side of the Mountain.

After setting up camp next to Morrell Pond, I headed to some lakes I hadn’t been to. First was Farrell Pond. I fished for a little while but I couldn’t see any fish swimming or jumping so it was on to the next lake.

It was a short hike into Floating Island Lake. The fish were jumping like crazy here. All that was biting were small Cutthroat trout. I did manage to catch one Tiger trout. I stayed here until the rain ran me off.

After it stopped raining, I fished Morrell Pond and caught a few decent Rainbow trout. It was fun catching these fish, they would fight hard. But soon it started raining again and didn’t let up until dark.

Well morning came and I was ready to do some riding but after a little fishing. I managed to pull in one Splake before heading off. I rode down to Baker Ranch but on the gate it said Johnson Ranch. Either way it was a neat spot for a ranch. There was even an old cemetery on the property. There were no names or dates on the headstones.

I headed back up the mountain exploring a lot of the side trails. My favorite trail was up on Windy Ridge. It followed the ridge giving great views into Cathedral Valley and out on the Swell. This trail lead to Round Lake which I tried fishing but didn’t catch anything.

After leaving Round Lake, I drove the rode down to Cathedral Valley. After reaching the entrance I turned around and headed back. I drove back to camp had some lunch and then went over and fished Meeks Lake. I was able to catch two Rainbows before it started to rain hard.

Back at camp, I decided to cut my trip short and head home. I am looking forward to my deer hunt coming up at the end August. I didn’t see a lot of deer this trip but it will be fun to explore the rest of the trails and fish some of the other lakes on the South side.

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in ATV, Camping, Fishing, Mountains, Outdoors

 

Moroni Slopes Loop

With it being Memorial weekend, I wanted to get out and go somewhere that wouldn’t be crowded. The family and I headed to the Mussentuchit Desert for an ATV ride. We staged near Mesa Butte and began our ride. The weather was perfect as we made our way toward Cedar Mountain.

After turning onto our first side road, we ran into a small herd of four horses. We also ran into the same herd on our way back later in the day.

Our first side road took us to an overlooking Johns Hole and Chimney Canyon. When we arrived the wind blew like crazy and wouldn’t stop for the rest of the day. We were able to find a nice sheltered place to eat lunch and still enjoy the view.

We returned on the same road and made our way between Cedar Mountain. I would like to come back and hike to the top of Cedar Mountain one of these days. Then it was onto Segers Hole. The road was long and somewhat boring but the view at the end was worth it. We looked at Segers Hole Dugway and no one wanted to drive down. It looked steep and loose rock on the road.

The road we took followed along the edge until it comes to Horse Heaven Flat and turned heading back. But before heading back there was another side trail we took to view down into Segers Hole. At the end of the road on the rim someone had made an awesome chair out of rocks.

The road lead us to another side road that headed past The Frying Pan and towards Black Mountain.

Turned around and headed out. We were starting to get low on fuel and tired from the long day’s ride, I didn’t take any more pictures. The ride through Carlye Wash was pretty cool. We rode to Red Point when the Honda 300 ran out of fuel but I had 5 gal. of extra fuel and we were on our way again. About 90 miles later and we were back at the trucks.
We didn’t run into another soul out here. We had the place all to ourselves. The road could easily be traveled in a high clearance vehicle but it was great to ride the ATVs. This is some awesome country and I hope to do some more exploring out here.

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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in ATV, Desert, Outdoors, San Rafael Swell

 

Wickiup and Cane Wash Loop

Last Saturday, I took another ride on the RZR. This time it was over to the Wickiup. I parked near a cattle guard along the Cottonwood Wash road.

I followed along the rocky road until I came to the Wickiup turnoff. I drove the loop clockwise, last time I went counter clockwise. The weather was great but halfway through it clouded up and sprinkled off and on.

The first somewhat rough section.

The trail starts wide and then narrows into a wash bottom. About half way the trail climbs up and then down into another wash, where it passes by the Wickiup.

After passing the Wickiup the trail narrows some more but it is still passable by Jeep.

Nearing the end of the loop, it was still early. I decided to take Cane Wash back to my truck.

Cane Wash went by fast and I was soon at the cutoff road, which led back my truck.

It was another fun day out on the desert. The weather didn’t play nice but it wasn’t too bad, it kept the dust down.

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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in ATV, Desert, Outdoors, San Rafael Swell

 

Copper Globe and Link Flat

After my trip to Horizon Arch, I wanted to go back and explore some more. So on Saturday we set off from the same trailhead but kept heading East toward Link Flat. The road in had recently been graded so the riding was fast and smooth. The first stop was at a geocache we drove by last time in Kimball Draw.

The trail soon climbed out of Kimball Draw and down into Cat Canyon. This was a neat section to ride through. The canyon walls were high and the road was narrow. The next stop was at an old iron dam. This was a cool area with some big ponderosa trees.

We sat and had lunch here and then it was off to some amazing overlooks. The first stop was at a spot overlooking the Lucky Strike Mine. The road in was a little rougher but nothing serious.

Next stop was at a geocache that was placed close to edge on a small ledge. It was frightening grabbing this one.

After finding this cache we headed to another cache and overlook. Along the way, we ran into a small herd of horses coming from the overlook. It was neat watching them because they had to run close by.

Here is where we ran into a small problem. Dad’s atv wouldn’t start. We had to tear apart his ignition switch a few days ago because the key got broke off inside. So we figured that was the problem and tore into it. Nothing happened after looking at that. We were stumped, when dad took his seat off the battery cable was off. That was the problem, so we hooked the cable back up and everything was fine.

After fixing the problem we head toward Copper Globe. Here the road got a lot rockier and a bit more challenging. It was fun bouncing up ledges and then dropping down others. We ran into another herd of horses along our way.

Soon we were at Copper Globe. We had been here before so it was a quick look around.

After that we had a choice; ride back the way we came or head out on the paved Moore cuttoff road. The way back sounded a lot funner. So we turned around and headed back. We only ran into 3 other people in a group. All in all it was a great day, the ride was fun and the scenery was awesome.

Google Earth kml of the ride

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Horizon Arch

On Saturday I took the RZR out for a ride. As usual I was out the door late and heading toward the Moore cutoff road. I parked near Lookout Point and unloaded my RZR. I turned off onto Salt Wash road and headed toward I-70. The road had been washed out in several places but there had been enough traffic that had made trails around it.

After crossing over I-70, I stopped to find a geocache and take a picture or two.

The road to Kimball Draw had been graded recently so the ride was fast going. While turning into Kimball Draw, I passed the only person I would see for the day. The trail followed in the wash and then split. One way heading to Horizon Arch the other Copper Globe. The trail to Horizon Arch followed the wash and then would climb out and then back in. It was a fun trail to ride along with a few minor obstacles thrown in.

I took one side trail to check out a large plastic covered pond. It was short and interesting to try and figure out why.

After that little side trip it was on to the arch. The arch is pretty cool and the views from it were awesome. You could see a lot of landmarks around. I found the nearby geocache and then hiked all the way around the arch.

After eating lunch, I headed back but took a different trail. This trail followed the rim of Cat Canyon and comes out in Kimball Draw. This trail was great fun, there were lots of ups and downs and banked turns. It reminded me of a roller coaster at times.

After reaching Kimball Draw it was a nice ride back. I even ran into some rock art the had a lot of graffiti on it.

It was a great ride and the weather was perfect. It was well worth the ride out and back. I hope to explore that area some more this year.

Link to Google Earth file

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