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parowan - utah

Segment 3: Navajo Lake to Boulder Town Photo
18th of November
Descent -24450
High 10590
Length 220.4
Low 5738
Ascent 21531
Weather 70° Sunny

Trail Difficulty: blue

A route across central Utah's high plateaus on singletrack and rough 4x4 tracks.

Bikepacking: The Plateau Passage

Temperatures will reach 70° today, with Sunny. Weather conditions this week are expected to range between 48° with Rain/Snow Likely to 72° with Sunny over the next 5 days. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 48° - 72° over the next 5 days.


Leaving Tropic, you are faced with a a 2,000-foot climb up a highway along the edge of scenic Bryce Canyon National Park. This is followed by the rough ATV track of the Great Western Trail which leads to Pine Lake Reservoir. A steep forest road climb brings you to just over 10,000 feet atop the Aquarius Plateau. Here there is a junction for a mandatory side trip out to take in the view from Powell Point. The views from there are absolutely unparalleled.

The final 75 miles of Segment 3 continues along the Aquarius Plateau, first along its edge on gravel roads before descending to a mix of backcountry singletrack and 4x4 roads and a final downhill into Boulder Town. The views are breathtaking, the temperatures relatively cool, water plentiful (by comparison to the rest of the route), and the singletrack delightfully rideable in places and faint with downed trees in others. Boulder Town itself is a tiny community tucked at the edge of canyon country with a couple tiny stores, a motel, a few restaurants, and a fancy lodge.

Weather Forecast

000 FXUS65 KSLC 170420 AFDSLC Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Salt Lake City UT 920 PM MST Sat Nov 16 2019 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure aloft will return for early in the upcoming week, followed by a Pacific storm system impacting mainly central and southern Utah midweek. && .SHORT TERM (THROUGH 00Z WEDNESDAY)... High pressure and clear skies in place across the region tonight, with no sensible weather impacts. Ridging builds in Sunday and Monday. Temperatures begin to rebound Monday, except across the more inverted valleys. Southerly flow develops Tuesday in response to falling heights across the region as the cold piece of the anticipated storm drops down the West Coast. Added a chance for precipitation Tuesday afternoon across southern Utah given the trends in the 12Z model suite. QPF will be light during this period, before the arrival of the deeper tropical moisture thereafter. .LONG TERM (AFTER 00Z WEDNESDAY)... With how dry November has may be a shock but a significant storm is expected to impact much of central and southern Utah late Tuesday through at least Friday with widespread precipitation and potential mountain snow accumulations. Several days of ensemble runs (both GEFS and EPS) continue to support the evolution of a long duration period of precipitation across the southern half of Utah. A cut-off upper level low is expected to remain offshore southern California/Baja California through much of the short term period. As upper level ridging shifts eastward, a fairly energetic shortwave trough will dig down the West Coast and finally kick this cut-off low out of the region and into the central Plains Wednesday. This trough will attempt to cut-off across the Southwest as well but the next upstream trough should move into the Pacific Northwest by Thursday, again kicking this trough into the Plains. Looking ...

Area River Conditions

USGS Gauge Streamflow Gauge Height Elevation
Beaver River At Adamsville, Ut
1 cfs 3 ft 5550 ft
Coal Creek Near Cedar City, Ut
243 cfs 6 ft 6018 ft
East Fork Virgin River Near Glendale, Ut
19 cfs 11 ft 5881 ft
North Fork Virgin River Near Springdale, Ut
428 cfs 10 ft 3971 ft
East Fork Virgin River Near Springdale, Ut
63 cfs 6 ft 3941 ft
Kanab Creek Near Kanab, Ut
13 cfs 12 ft 5064 ft

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Area Snowpack Conditions

Harris Flat
1" snowpack, 15 miles away
Long Valley Jct
0" snowpack, 19 miles away
Agua Canyon
0" snowpack, 34 miles away
-2" snowpack, 15 miles away
Midway Valley
1" snowpack, 4 miles away
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-1" snowpack, 7 miles away