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Old 08-30-2010, 07:26 PM
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The climb up from Mineral Bottoms to the top of the switchbacks is about 1,000 feet in elevation gained and about 2 miles. The first mile is gentle, so like Wes says the switchbacks are f'n steep. The fisheye distorts things, but the wash out would be lower right side.

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Old 08-30-2010, 08:24 PM
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basically 75*. f-n steep. and to drive out you would just drive out potash rd and not be stuck :meh:
You're thinking of the Shafer side. The Mineral Bottom side is at the end of Horsethief Point. There is no alternative other than floating the Green River or driving the whole White Rim trail, although you could hike down a couple of ways.
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yeah, sorry I mixed up the ends :|
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How steep is that wash... could one drive up the river bed to get out?
No not possible.

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basically 75*. f-n steep. and to drive out you would just drive out potash rd and not be stuck :meh:
Unless you did not have the fuel to exit that way. That's probably 100+ miles of trail before you hit a fuel station. Plus from memory that trail is pretty much graded to the river (Subaru access) but to get out via White Rim with a Subie would prove quit the challenge

It would suck to be at the bottem when that happened. Especially if you parked in the wrong spot.
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It will be interesting to see what happens here. The rest of the Canyonlands roads are an even more interesting point (Salt creek, elephant hill, etc...).

My old man works for the Air Resources Division of the National Park Service.

Amongst the higher ups, closing roads in National Parks has always been a fantasy, and with the environmental devastation of those roads, they will likely push to have them closed down. We'll see though.

At least with the switch backs, I believe they are on BLM land, and there is a lot of tourism associated with the white rim trail. As for Elephant hill and salt creek, its a toss up.
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The switchbacks are indeed on BLM land. On the WRT you enter the NP a few miles down from Mineral Bottom. In this case I don't think they can or will ignore this road because of the access to Labyrinth Canyon. If it was just a recreational OHV road, maybe, but not here because of mountain bikers, rafters, commercial guides, etc.
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that canyon sees a lot of recreational use. tons.
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Thats gonna be one big construction project!!
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wow, I was WAY off on the scale of that project, the people in it make a huge difference!

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