March 5, 2021
After roughly 5 years in Colorado I finally took my first trip out to the Utah desert—Moab, specifically. I've been riding bikes for decades, but it was only in recent years that I took up mountain biking. Long story short, I love it. It's a much different challenge than gravel/road cycling, and the places that I can explore have widened greatly.
Outside of mountain biking in Moab, I also got to explore some gravel and BLM roads. I recently picked up a rooftop tent, and have slowly been organizing my camping gear so that I can live more comfortably on short trips to ride bikes in and around my area.
<aside> 📈 Ride stats: 10mi / 1066ft elevation / 1:24 elapsed time / 1:12 moving time
I left home at around 5am on Friday and arrived in Grand Junction at 9am. After a quick stop at REI to pick up some forgotten items I made my way to the Klondike Bluffs Trail System in northern Moab.
This system has fantastic views of the La Sal mountain range and the weather could not have been more perfect. Temperatures hovered around 60°F (15°C), with clear blue skies and no wind. I'd certainly recommend riding the Alaska trail which skirts the rim at the for east of the Klondike Bluffs.
View from the top of Alaska.
After my ride I had planned to drive Gemini Bridges Road and setup camp, on the route. I packed up the truck and after a quick check-in phone call with my wife I drove to the trailhead and aired down the tires in the truck to make for a smoother trip.
This road is incredibly gorgeous, however I was starting my journey rather late on a Friday and should have known that most campsites would have been taken—which they all were. Next time I visit this area I'm planning to go mid-week so that I can hopefully secure one of the 5 beautiful campsites that are hidden in Bride Canyon.
There were quite a few cyclists on the road and I only drove passed a few other vehicles. The road was perfectly dry, however the sand is loose at points so riding in on a gravel bike doesn't seem all that exciting.