It was a great trip!
We headed out of town late on friday and made it to the Lone Warrior campground at about 3:30am. It was a late night but worth the cool weather we had that night to sleep in... we also got to help a random guy that ran out of fuel on I-70 in teh wide open spot near the border (Thanks Marc!)
Next morning we woke up and headed down to Hanksville via the back roads to Gobblin Valley state park. The route we took was a new one to me and was very pretty and fast. After fueling up in Hanksville, we started heading down to Hite to meet Luc and Micah. About 35 miles from Hite we were able to get Micah on the HAM which made meeting up much easier. We met Luc and Micah at the ranger station there at Hite at about noon, paid our fees, and headed out to Blue Notch.
The drive in to Blue notch was a nice well travelled graded road that made for quick time. Once arriving Art and Trey were waiting on us at the point where it started to get confusing. They guided us in to the area that we would be camping in, and took us to Arts truck which was stuck
I'll let Art tell the story..
Anyways, we bumped into some rangers down there and they were some of the only ones that were able to tell us the rules.... You can drive anywhere as long as it is below the high water mark, and you can burn any driftwood. So the main group looked for a campsite while a smaller subset worked on unsticking Art's truck. After a few hours all was well and we were all back at camp. Didn't take long before the homebrew was tapped, floats were inflated, and beers were in hand. It was a nice night of burning wood, drinking beer, swimming, and listening to music. The dogs had fun since they were all ok off leash in the middle of nowhere where we were. They ran and swam till they passed out...
Next mornign Marc and I took off in his Rubicon to find the beginning of the Red Canyon road that leads away from Blue notch. after a little bit of searching we were able to find what we thought was it, so we turned around to go get the rest of the group.
Once we got everybody packed up, Allison got back from her morning mountain bike ride, and Dana finished her run we took off.
IT was a great road, and had some interesting parts. We had a few decent climbs and some detours around rocks. had to get out and spot folks a few times, btu it was relatively tame overall. After driving for a few hours, we finally got to the section where it drops into the wash for the first time. The tamarisk bushes were really tight, and the drop into the wash was pretty steep so we decided to make that point Lunch and head back to camp. There was cold beer in the coolers there anyways.
So we headed back the way we came and had another great afternoon at camp. Marc and I both caught a few bass, the ladies all soaked int he rays in the lake, and we just generall hung out. We had great fires every night too which was awesome.
Yesterday we headed out at about 10 or noon (didn't look at the watch or phone) and made it back to denver at about 9:30. We had a nice leasurly drive back with a stop at the brewery in Glenwood springs for dinner.
I'd say all in all it was a great Memorial day weekend trip. The blue notch road and campsite was nice and easy to get to, remote, and empty. The Red Canyon road was a great challenge for sunday and allowed us to get some wheeling in. I think that it'd be a great trip to go back there and make the drive down that road an overnighter. It took us a while to make it the 6 miles that we did (about 2 hrs) and to go farther would have taken even longer. The wash was full of very soft sand....
Anyways, here are a bunch of randome pictures.. Enjoy, and thanks to everybody who came!!!!
pic 1 - ready to go
2 - Trey and Danna in their 62 making their way up one of the climbs on red canyon
3 - Art Abby and meghan in the 60 on Red Canyon
4 - all of us parked at the turn around on red canyon
5 - Trey heading back to camp on Red Canyon