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escalante - utah

Segment 4: Boulder Town to Monticello Photo
18th of November
Descent -20872
High 10497
Length 242.7
Low 3717
Ascent 21408
Weather 59° Sunny

Trail Difficulty: blue

Classic Colorado Plateau desert bikepacking: remote, dry, and incredibly scenic.

Bikepacking: The Plateau Passage

Temperatures will reach 59° today, with Sunny. Weather conditions this week are expected to range between 43° with Rain Likely to 62° 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 43° - 62° over the next 5 days.


Segment 5 is the most remote of the Plateau Passage, immediately entering canyon country, climbing over two isolated mountain ranges, and reaching Monticello some 230+ miles later. The scenery is remarkable, and the sheer scale of the Colorado Plateau landscape is hard to comprehend. Careful planning is necessary as there are no resupply options between Boulder Town and Monticello, and water is scarce.

The first 60 miles of the segment follow the relatively famous Burr Trail Road and Notom Road from Boulder Town toward Capital Reef National Park. The riding is generally fairly easy and fast on these mostly graded dirt roads. Enjoy this while it lasts, as the route next climbs 5,000 feet toward the peaks of the Henry Mountains on 4x4 roads. This was the final mountain range in the Lower 48 to be mapped. From Bull Mountain Pass, just a few hundred feet lower than the adjacent summits, a 4x4 road drops back down 5,000 feet, followed by another 1,000-foot descent on a quiet highway to a crossing of the Colorado River near Hite. A former townsite, Hite now has little more than a gas station (where you can only buy gas!), a campground, and a ranger station for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

After Hite, the route climbs gradually among redrock buttes and narrow canyons on 4x4 roads toward Elk Ridge and the iconic pair of mesas known as Bears Ears. The views in all directions on this narrow ridgeline are dramatic, and the riding becomes relatively easy on the well-maintained, graded road. Elk Ridge leads to the base of the Abajo Mountains (also known as the Blue Mountains) and you'll come to the end of this segment at the town of Monticello by skirting around the southern side of the Abajos on graded dirt roads and a few miles of rugged ATV trail. Monticello is another small Colorado Plateau town but has a grocery store, lodging options, and numerous restaurants.

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
Seven Mile Creek Near Fish Lake, Ut
44 cfs 5 ft 9025 ft
Fremont River Near Bicknell, Ut
67 cfs 4 ft 6901 ft
Pine Creek Near Escalante, Ut
15 cfs 2 ft 6411 ft
Escalante River Near Escalante, Ut
7 cfs 1 ft 5698 ft

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