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Hayduke Trail MTB Tour
May 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm$1400.00
Check out the newest spring Team Evergreen Cycling trip!
Southern Utah, Kanab to the Henry Mountains. The 6-Day trip dates are May 22nd to 27th. Our Outfitter is Lizard Head Cycling Guides.
It is the first half of the Hayduke Trail that you can see described here: https://lizardheadcyclingguides.com/road-mountain-bike-tours/mountain-bike-tours/hayduke-trail-mountain-bike-tour/
We would leave our cars here (GPS 38.0462, -110.6425), just east of the Henry Mountains and west of Hwy 95 (Trail of the Ancients). We shuttle to the start in Big Water, UT.
The first week of the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour starts in the Utah desert town of Big Water, Utah, which is just west of Lake Powell. From Big Water cyclists embark on a 220 mile mountain bike odyssey into Utah’s otherworldly back-of-beyond terrain.
The Hayduke Trail MTB route starts on Smoky Mountain Road, so named for the smoke smoldering out from 100-year-old coal fires deep beneath Smoky Mountain. This section of the route in the Grand Staircase National Monument features unparalleled views of Lake Powell’s remote western flanks, Navajo Mountain, and the Kaiparowits Plateau. The 78-mile road is mostly smooth sailing (when it is dry) on a mixed clay with the occasional choppy section.
The Hayduke Trail MTB route then descends into the solitude of Left Hand Colette canyon, where it is entirely possible not another person will be encountered. On Day 3 the route intersects Utah’s Highway 12 (aka hole-in-the-rock road). Highway 12 will take us over the Hogsback past the 125-foot Calf Creek Waterfall to the oasis of Boulder, Utah.
Just outside of the town of Boulder we will rinse of the blood, sweat, and tears of the route to this point with a natural shower at Calf Creek Falls. Boulder marks the start of the Burr Trail and 60+ miles of incredibly scenic biking with thousands of feet of elevation gain and loss. The Burr Trail encompasses Long Canyon, the Wolverine Loop, the switchbacks of the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park and Bull Frog road. From the top of the Waterpocket Fold we will get an in your face view of the rugged Henry Mountains.
The Henry Mountains rise 6,000-feet out of the Utah desert and over the course of 46-miles throughout days 5 and 6, riders ascend the Henry Mountains reaching a maximum elevation of just over 10,000’ above sea level. The views from the crest of the Henry of Utah’s red desert may be the most impressive of the entire Hayduke trail. Riders descend the east side of the Henry Mountains and night six’s camp marks the completion of Week-One and the location in which Week-Two riders will join the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour.
Cost: $1,400 This is special discounted trip price for Team Evergreen Cycling members.
Hayduke Tour Includes: Guide service, monster F-350 support truck, all delicious meals, energy food, liquid refreshments, water bottles, shuttles, jersey, socks and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages and massage therapy are additional.
Sleeping and Camp Life
The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour rides through one of the most inaccessible areas in the lower 48 states. As a result we primarily camp at undeveloped campsites each night. We carry a backcountry toilet (The Groover) and bring along solar showers for daily bathing.
Guides in camp will prepare all meals. Meals include: Dutch oven lasagna, wild salmon, grilled chicken, salads, quinoa, fruits and lots of seasonal veggies. Any dietary preferences or allergies should be noted on the registration form. Each of Lizard Head Cycling’s lunches contains gluten free options.
This custom tour is designed for Upper Intermediate to Advanced cyclists. The terrain ranges from rugged jeep roads, to rocky streams, sand and mountain dirt.
A 4-wheel drive flatbed truck (aka the mother ship) carries luggage, food and equipment in support of the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour. Cyclists pack their lunch and water in their packs.
The Weather: The month of May is the sweet spot in this extreme landscape. During May, there are few clouds, expect average high temperatures in the lower desert (below 6,000-feet) in low to mid 80’s and in the mountains (above 8,000-feet) expect highs in the upper 70’s. During its epic journey the Hayduke MTB tour crosses both rugged canyon country and two mountain ranges with elevations peaking out at 10,000-feet. So the Hayduke is not simply a desert tour!
Approximate route: https://goo.gl/maps/6YkPrusEZEC2
Questions? Contact Bob Campbell news at teamevergreen.org