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Old 08-06-12, 09:30 AM
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Utah Arches loop from adventure cycling

I was wondering if anyone has done this loop, I found one old post on it that linked to a blog post where a guy did a good portion of the route but not much more.

I was wondering about how steep some of the climbs can get, I know there is a fair bit of dirt road but I am curious about how steep the grades can reach and how rough the dirt roads are. Can they comfortably be ridden on something like a 700x32 slick tire?

My last question would be how late in the season can you usually get away with riding here and still having fairly warm temps (60/70deg days, 50ish at nights) I know that can change quickly but I was just looking for a rough estimate.

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I purchased the map set for this loop a couple of years ago and have it on my bucket list. I had asked about the dirt portions, and I forget who, but somehow the information I received was it was best a minimum of 35's, and better to be looking at something in the 40's for width. Of course, there are folks who could do it on narrower tires. I plan to use my Salsa Fargo, so I'll be rolling 29er tires @ over 2in wide.

I did get information that it gets very cool in the mountains, even when its very hot in St. George. Would be nice to have some local input on conditions, especially even this year's hot, dry conditions.

Best bet, I just checked and there are about 10 Warmshower host in St. George/Hurricane/Cedar City that could be contacted to get good beta on road/weather conditions. Also, local bike shops in that area.

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Good call checking with local shops, I always forget about that option. Either way if the dirt portions are rough enough to need tires bigger than 35's I may be waiting a couple years to do this as I would be pulling a kiddie trailer, we ride smooth gravel often and it does have suspension I do not think I could put him through nearly 300 miles of rough roads in his trailer, even doing short days.
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