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monticello - utah

Segment 5: Monticello to Nucla Photo
18th of November
Descent -22549
High 10509
Length 241.0
Low 3967
Ascent 21353
Weather 53° Sunny

Trail Difficulty: blue

Desert and canyon riding through the Abajo Mountains, Canyonlands National Park, the La Sal Mountains, and beyond.

Bikepacking: The Plateau Passage

Temperatures will reach 53° today, with Sunny. Weather conditions this week are expected to range between 44° with Showers Likely to 57° 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 44° - 57° over the next 5 days.


Segment 5 of the Plateau Passage continues through Classic Colorado Plateau canyon country highlighted by the world-famous landscapes of Canyonlands National Park and the Moab area. It begins in Monticello with an immediate 4,000-foot climb to the crest of the Abajo Mountains. The climb starts on pavement, transitions to a graded, narrow gravel road for the second half, and finally heads up a steep singletrack for the last grunt to a stunning saddle. Below, one of the greatest singletrack descents in the West awaits with a descent of 5,000 feet to enjoy. At the bottom, the route turns west toward Canyonlands National Park. A short detour to the Needles Outpost Store provides a water and resupply option, and then the road to Moab leads through Lockhart Basin. This quiet, 40-mile-long 4x4 track winds beneath towering sandstone cliffs and above the Green River. Riding into Moab, the bustle of the desert tourist town and mountain bike mecca may be a bit overwhelming after days in the quiet desert. Moab offers just about any amenity needed by a bikepacker. Take your time to stock up, as a 6,000-foot climb into the La Sal Mountains waits just outside of town.

Weather Forecast

576 FXUS65 KGJT 170538 AFDGJT Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Grand Junction CO 1038 PM MST Sat Nov 16 2019 .SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Sunday night) Issued at 129 PM MST Sat Nov 16 2019 A weak surface front and trough aloft will pass over the northern CO mountains tonight. Enough moisture will affect the western aspects of the Continental Divide to produce light snow accumulations, generally less than an inch. Some cold air will filter into northern and central CO to cool the high temperatures Sunday a few degrees. Sunday will see the ridge attempt to rebound back over the area but it will get pressured back to the south as a minor upper disturbance and jet max travel through the strong northwesterly flow aloft Sunday night. .LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday) Issued at 129 PM MST Sat Nov 16 2019 The ridge will build back of the western states Monday and Tuesday in response to the digging trough along the west coast. So Monday and Tuesday will return to warmer than normal. Tuesday night the scenario that has been projected for the last few days should start coming together. A strong trough will move onshore over the Pacific Northwest which will split over northern CA and the western Great Basin. The southern component of the split will form a closed low over southern CA Wednesday morning which will help the cutoff low over the Baja open up and be drawn north and east. The remnant of this feature will spread clouds and precipitation over southeast UT and southwest CO Wednesday morning which will spread across the rest of the area Wednesday afternoon and night. The models continue to show significantly different solutions Thursday through Friday. The GFS opens the big southwestern low quickly and lifts it northeast and over ...

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
South Creek Above Reservoir Near Monticello, Ut
13 cfs 1 ft 7174 ft
Recapture Creek Near Blanding, Ut
10 cfs 1 ft 7198 ft

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Area Snowpack Conditions

Navajo Whiskey Ck
2" snowpack, 108 miles away
Beaver Spring
-1" snowpack, 98 miles away
Camp Jackson
0" snowpack, 10 miles away
Buckboard Flat
-1" snowpack, 6 miles away
Lasal Mountain-Lower
-1" snowpack, 39 miles away
Lasal Mountain
0" snowpack, 39 miles away