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Old 01-14-10, 01:45 PM   #1
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Utah Maps - route help?

I'm planning a June tour, one leg of which will enter Utah in the Northeast on Highway 40 then cut across Utah to enter Nevada on Highway 50.

I'd like to map a fairly direct, yet scenic route across this area. Can anyone share a resource for maps or other local route information to help me plot this leg?

I have the capability to run on fairly rugged gravel roads, if that helps.
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I'm planning a June tour, one leg of which will enter Utah in the Northeast on Highway 40 then cut across Utah to enter Nevada on Highway 50.
May/June is pretty early for Colorado.

But for Utah -

US 40 is pretty busy around Vernal -
But there is a alternate loop that turns off towards Dinosaur N.M. at Jensen
(You should consider checking out Dinosaur)
West of Vernal you can take UT 121 past Lapoint and cut south to Roosevelt.
There also a county road that runs north of the river turning off 1 mile north of Myton.


If you are willing to do about 10 miles of dirt - then you can avoid some heavy traffic -
And you can cut about 25 miles off the distance - and have some nice scenery, too.
West Strawberry Road (FR 131) turns south off of US 40 just west of the reservoir.
Take that about 7 miles to FR 029 on right (dirt)
10 miles of medium rough with switchbacks - to Diamond Ford Road (paved)
Follow Diamond Fork south to US 6 to Hwy 198 and Spanish Fork.
(Bike shop, services - you don't have to go thru Provo)

You should really consider heading out to Utah Lake on Lincoln Beach Road.
There is camping right on the point.
Then head down to US 6 at Goshen.
Two options from there - stay on US 6 all the way to Delta.
Or take Goshen Canyon Road south to Nephi -
Then UT 132 and UT 125 to Delta.
Both are the same distance.

You can camp at the fairgrounds in Hinckley if you ask.
(Or you could at one time - I hope you can still.)
The nice thing about doing so is that Hinckley is the last service until the border.
You have 83 empty, brutal miles to the border gas station.
Then another 5 miles to Baker, Nevada.

Since you will be heading west -
I would leave as early as possible to avoid headwinds.

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Old 01-14-10, 02:57 PM   #3
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Old 01-14-10, 03:39 PM   #4
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Wow, 1st reply and it's out of the park.

So then, something like this: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en...3,8.596802&z=8

Whoops, I drew that before I saw you had put maps up, too.

I can't tell what kind of riding is on 40... am I trying to avoid it, by and large, or is it mostly okay?

I'm truly grateful to you for taking the time to detail all this.
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Kinda - -

US 40 has moderate-plus traffic in the Vernal area.
Most of the time with shoulders.
But the other roads are maybe 1 or 2 miles more - that's all.
Much quieter.

For example -
US 40 west of Vernal has a traffic volume of 7975 vehicles per day.
UT 121 west of Vernal has a traffic volume of 1130 vehicles per day.
http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/uconow...36401213499036
That's a big difference in quality of experience.
Granted that back roads don't have shoulders - but they have little traffic, too.

What's that dip between Duchesne and Strawberry Reservoir?

Also, I notice that you have skipped Utah Lake.
Go to Google Maps and check out the Street View on the point.
http://maps.google.com/

Finally, I rec the Goshen Canyon Road only slightly over US 6 via Eureka.
Eureka is a really cool, almost-ghost town.
But Goshen Canyon is scenic, less climbing, and Nephi has services.
It's about 80 miles between Utah Lake and Hinckley.
And you really should aim at staying in Hinckley - unless you are OK with desert camping.
(It's easy to do - it just means doubling your water carried.)

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Old 01-14-10, 04:37 PM   #6
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Kinda - -

US 40 has moderate-plus traffic in the Vernal area.
Most of the time with shoulders.
But the other roads are maybe 1 or 2 miles more - that's all.
Much quieter.
I'm definitiely partial to 'quieter'

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What's that dip between Duchesne and Strawberry Reservoir?
It looked like what I had to do to get to Strawberry Rsv. On Gmaps, West Strawberry doesn't go all the way thru. Again, I did this, based on your written description, before I saw you'd put up maps.

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Also, I notice that you have skipped Utah Lake.
Go to Google Maps and check out the Street View on the point.
http://maps.google.com/
Looks gorgeous. With luck I'll get a shower and sleep in a friend's guest room that night. If not, Utah Lake looks great.

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Finally, I rec the Goshen Canyon Road only slightly over US 6 via Eureka.
Eureka is a really cool, almost-ghost town.
But Goshen Canyon is scenic, less climbing, and Nephi has services.
Aye, that was a crapshoot. I like scenic and less climbing, so that goes in the mix.
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It's about 80 miles between Utah Lake and Hinckley.
And you really should aim at staying in Hinckley - unless you are OK with desert camping.
We'll see how it works out, I'm gonna be hauling mucho water for the next several days after Hinkley, at any rate.


(It's easy to do - it just means doubling your water carried.)[/QUOTE]
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May/June is pretty early for Colorado.

But for Utah -

US 40 is pretty busy around Vernal -
But there is a alternate loop that turns off towards Dinosaur N.M. at Jensen
(You should consider checking out Dinosaur)
West of Vernal you can take UT 121 past Lapoint and cut south to Roosevelt.
There also a county road that runs north of the river turning off 1 mile north of Myton.


If you are willing to do about 10 miles of dirt - then you can avoid some heavy traffic -
And you can cut about 25 miles off the distance - and have some nice scenery, too.
West Strawberry Road (FR 131) turns south off of US 40 just west of the reservoir.
Take that about 7 miles to FR 029 on right (dirt)
10 miles of medium rough with switchbacks - to Diamond Ford Road (paved)
Follow Diamond Fork south to US 6 to Hwy 198 and Spanish Fork.
(Bike shop, services - you don't have to go thru Provo)

You should really consider heading out to Utah Lake on Lincoln Beach Road.
There is camping right on the point.
Then head down to US 6 at Goshen.
Two options from there - stay on US 6 all the way to Delta.
Or take Goshen Canyon Road south to Nephi -
Then UT 132 and UT 125 to Delta.
Both are the same distance.

You can camp at the fairgrounds in Hinckley if you ask.
(Or you could at one time - I hope you can still.)
The nice thing about doing so is that Hinckley is the last service until the border.
You have 83 empty, brutal miles to the border gas station.
Then another 5 miles to Baker, Nevada.

Since you will be heading west -
I would leave as early as possible to avoid headwinds.

J
Daaaaang, I thought I knew the basin decently well. I wish I had some points or something I could give you for being so helpful.
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Old 01-15-10, 06:19 AM   #8
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My two cents.

Use 121 outside vernal. It is the old mail route. There is also some public lands right outside Vernal on the west side on this road. I always loved towns who had public lands within a couple miles of town.

I ditched my plans and went north on 191 to WY because 40 was so frikn bad. They have a rumble strip right down the middle of the shoulder.

Lots of private land in this area. Farms.

When I went they had Utah maps on rice paper for free at the Tourist info centers.
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Nice, thanks for the maps tip, too. I wish I could see Wyoming this trip, but it's not in the cards. One day...
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Wondered about just how rough the shortcut is describe in jamawani's post. Is is comfortable on 700x28s? 32s? 38s? Also I plan to do this very same route from NV to CO across UT in early June credit card style (not camping or cooking). How would that change the advise here. Any other advice.

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May/June is pretty early for Colorado.

But for Utah -

US 40 is pretty busy around Vernal -
But there is a alternate loop that turns off towards Dinosaur N.M. at Jensen
(You should consider checking out Dinosaur)
West of Vernal you can take UT 121 past Lapoint and cut south to Roosevelt.
There also a county road that runs north of the river turning off 1 mile north of Myton.


If you are willing to do about 10 miles of dirt - then you can avoid some heavy traffic -
And you can cut about 25 miles off the distance - and have some nice scenery, too.
West Strawberry Road (FR 131) turns south off of US 40 just west of the reservoir.
Take that about 7 miles to FR 029 on right (dirt)
10 miles of medium rough with switchbacks - to Diamond Ford Road (paved)
Follow Diamond Fork south to US 6 to Hwy 198 and Spanish Fork.
(Bike shop, services - you don't have to go thru Provo)

You should really consider heading out to Utah Lake on Lincoln Beach Road.
There is camping right on the point.
Then head down to US 6 at Goshen.
Two options from there - stay on US 6 all the way to Delta.
Or take Goshen Canyon Road south to Nephi -
Then UT 132 and UT 125 to Delta.
Both are the same distance.

You can camp at the fairgrounds in Hinckley if you ask.
(Or you could at one time - I hope you can still.)
The nice thing about doing so is that Hinckley is the last service until the border.
You have 83 empty, brutal miles to the border gas station.
Then another 5 miles to Baker, Nevada.

Since you will be heading west -
I would leave as early as possible to avoid headwinds.

J
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Either cut north to Provo and Heber City on US 189 -
(There's a rail trail in the canyon - then busy highway)
Then head east on US 40 over Daniels Pass - moderate traffic with shoulders.

Or head east from Spanish Fork on US 6 to Helper - busy, with shoulders.
Then head north on US 191 - very quiet.
(There's a cutoff road from US 6 to US 191 at the top of Price Canyon.)
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Either cut north to Provo and Heber City on US 189 -
(There's a rail trail in the canyon - then busy highway)
Then head east on US 40 over Daniels Pass - moderate traffic with shoulders.

Or head east from Spanish Fork on US 6 to Helper - busy, with shoulders.
Then head north on US 191 - very quiet.
(There's a cutoff road from US 6 to US 191 at the top of Price Canyon.)
In a previous post, the Diamond Fork - FR 029 (dirt) - FR 131 was (also) suggested with the potential of cutting of 15 miles and providing outstanding scenery. For touring purposes, is this route still a good choice?



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