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Old 06-27-2017, 02:15 PM   #61
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Gina, I have seen snow in June, July, August, and September in Colorado and parts of Utah. If you are at altitude, you just never know what you are going to get! The trip I did with Sarah last fall was in mid to late September. We hit a lot of the same places they hit on this trip, and then some, heading all the way up to Heber City near Salt Lake City. There is a road called Skyline Drive that runs through the mountains roughly parallel to I-15. It is awesome and most of it is 9000-11000 ft. Epic views. All dirt, but easy ride on your 690!! We got a hint of rain and temps in the low 50s for that day, but most of the rest of Utah was sunny and warm. When we got over into Western Colorado, we actually saw some sub freezing temps in the mornings, but it was awesome by noon. The Aspen trees were incredible. I've got the track files from the trip if you are interested in them.
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Gina, I have seen snow in June, July, August, and September in Colorado and parts of Utah. If you are at altitude, you just never know what you are going to get! The trip I did with Sarah last fall was in mid to late September. We hit a lot of the same places they hit on this trip, and then some, heading all the way up to Heber City near Salt Lake City. There is a road called Skyline Drive that runs through the mountains roughly parallel to I-15. It is awesome and most of it is 9000-11000 ft. Epic views. All dirt, but easy ride on your 690!! We got a hint of rain and temps in the low 50s for that day, but most of the rest of Utah was sunny and warm. When we got over into Western Colorado, we actually saw some sub freezing temps in the mornings, but it was awesome by noon. The Aspen trees were incredible. I've got the track files from the trip if you are interested in them.
Here's one in Colorado June 2015. We were not at real high altitude but little piles like this were in many spots where there was some shade.

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That is it.

We spent the night in Salina. The next morning, we went up to Willow Creek Road to access Skyline Dr. It is a fantastic road. Once on Skyline, we ran North to Ephraim Canyon road. We dropped down into Ephraim for gas and lunch. While there, we watched some nasty rain storms roll through that looked like they were in the direction we were heading. We decided to go ahead and run back up Ephraim Canyon to Skyline and continue heading North. There were places where the ground was damp, but never muddy. It was kind of windy and it was in the low 50s. The views were still incredible. The whole route was just fantastic, and one of the highlights of the whole trip.

We made it to US 6. The plan was to continue North up through the mountains to US 40 and Heber City. However, the rain caught up with us at US 6 and it was dark as night the direction we were planning to ride, with lightning shattering the darkness. We decided to slab West on 6, run up US 89 through Provo, then head out US 189 to Heber City. This let us loop around and get ahead of the storm. We arrived at our hotel just moments before the storm caught us. Just after we unloaded and were heading for the hot tub, the hail started coming down! It rained most of the night. We were going to run the North Slope Rd., across the mountains that run East/West just below the Wyoming border. It runs between Hwy 150 and US 191 over by Flaming Gorge. We had been warned that if it were wet, it could be impassable on big adv bikes with luggage (and my passenger). That area got a LOT of rain over the night and next morning according to the radar. This caused us to abort the route for the next day and to improvise a new route that had less dirt.

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I want the track files. Utah hasn't seen the last of me.
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I never did get around to doing a ride report for that trip...
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Scott, it's not too late for a ride report!

It sounds like an "epic" (over used word, ugh!) trip.

The father-daughter aspect makes it really special. Be really cool to hear from Sarah too.

I'd request the tracks, but I wouldn't know what to do with 'em. GPS university, here I come! ...Ok, next week...

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Enjoyed the ride report and pics.

In the spirit of you never know what you're going to get for weather..... Monarch Pass, CO, first of June on a trip in 2013. it was cool but the sun was high and warm and the roads dry... it was awesome riding.

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