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moab - utah

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25th of February
Descent -6773
High 5986
Length 99.4
Low 3966
Ascent 6772
Weather 49° Sunny

Trail Difficulty: blue

Tour of the desert landscape around western Moab. Jeep trails, dino tracks, slickrock, and 20 miles of Mag7 singletrack.

The Hey Joe Safari offers a broad strokes tour of the ever popular desert landscape around western Moab. This weekend bikepacking route follows rugged jeep tracks, bounces along slickrock expanses, explores prehistoric dinosaur tracks, winds through Utah cattle country, dumps you into the Green River's Hey Joe Canyon via a 3rd class hike-a-bike, and culminates with 20 miles of the area's most popular singletrack, the Magnificent 7 Trails.

Temperatures will reach 49° today, with Sunny. Weather conditions this week are expected to range between 44° with Sunny to 62° with Mostly Sunny over the next 5 days. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 44° - 62° over the next 5 days.


-Best Bike: A plus sized tire is a good idea due to the sandy nature of some of the roads. Progressive geometry and possibly even some suspension would suit the singletrack nicely, especially the Magnificent 7 Trails.
-Cold Nights and Hot Days: Even though the days can get quite warm, the nights still get very cold. Transitional months from winter to spring or fall to winter are great times to ride it.
-Water: Although it's possible to find water along the route, it takes familiarity with the desert landscape to make that happen. It also can require a good amount of time off trail, searching for muddy potholes. Stash water at the Lone Mesa Campground (1 gallon/person) and the most northern crossing of Highway 191 (1 gallon/person).
Hey Joe Canyon hike-a-bike: This 1,000-foot scramble to the bottom of the canyon requires patient route finding, facilitated by fairly obvious cairns. Clipless shoes would not fare well on this terrain. Flat-soled shoes with sticky rubber will work best.

A trip to Moab, Utah, is considered a pilgrimage of sorts for many mountain bikers. It's a special place, with its desert landscape, expansive trail network, and Martian terrain. Bikepackers looking for a weekend route are often steered toward the Island in the Sky (where permit reservations are needed), or the Kokopelli Trail (which can be plagued by snow in winter). Moab is rarely a quiet place, but in the milder winter months, those looking for solace can find it with a little bit of effort. This is where the Hey Joe Safari shines. It's rideable during the winter months when the weather is mild and it has long sections that are largely undisturbed by other travelers. The almost entirely unpaved Hey Joe Safari explores nearly every type of surface you could hope to ride on a visit to this epic little pocket of SE Utah, from slickrock slabs and sandy roads to twisting singletrack. Its name is derived from two parts: Hey Joe Canyon and the sandy Jeep Safari routes it follows. Known as canyon country, most mountain bikers rarely experience the beauty of these winding and beautiful drainages. The 1,000-foot hike-a-bike down into Hey Joe Canyon feels wildly exposed and requires a good sense of route finding to pick your way down. Yet, when you find yourself at the bottom, having unlocked this piece of the puzzle, you're rewarded with fantastic riding along the Green River, something not many cyclists get to experience. Though it's steep and long, the climb out offers breathtaking views of an infrequently traveled area.

Weather Forecast

000 FXUS65 KGJT 240514 AFDGJT Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Grand Junction CO 1014 PM MST Sun Feb 23 2020 .SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Monday night) Issued at 226 PM MST Sun Feb 23 2020 The current storm system is slowly moving east across southeastern Colorado at this time. Wraparound moisture continues across the forecast area with the focus shifting south along the Interstate 70 corridor and the remainder of southwestern Colorado. Precipitation will become less widespread later this afternoon with activity diminishing this evening. Impacts have been limited with the afternoon heating so have gone ahead and cancelled all remaining winter weather highlights. However, light additional accumulations are possible. A lull in the precipitation is expected overnight ahead of the next shortwave which will drop across the area. This system will usher in much colder air late tonight and tomorrow with light snow returning to the northern and central mountains of western Colorado. This system is moisture- limited, but expect low snow densities to inflate snow totals. Snow will continue into Tuesday, but expect rates to be below thresholds for winter weather highlights at this time. Temperatures will be running below normal through the short term period. .LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Sunday) Issued at 226 PM MST Sun Feb 23 2020 Cold northwest flow will continue over the region with light snow continuing over the northern and central mountains through Tuesday. Elsewhere, expect partly cloudy skies and cold conditions. Snow will end with partial clearing by Tuesday night with cold overnight temperatures. Dry conditions will continue on Wednesday ahead of another weak disturbance which will impact the northern and central mountains with another round of light snow Wednesday night through Thursday. By Friday, a ridge of high pressure will build over the western US and move east during the weekend ...

Area River Conditions

USGS Gauge Streamflow Gauge Height Elevation
Castle Creek Below Castle Valley Near Moab, Ut
4 cfs 6 ft 4095 ft
Mill Creek At Sheley Tunnel, Near Moab, Ut.
33 cfs 4 ft 5403 ft
Mill Creek Below Sheley Tunnel, Near Moab, Ut
3 cfs 1 ft 5345 ft

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