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Posted: 07/06/15 04:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I drove and camped on the WRT in mid-June. I chose that time to have dry weather, and a small crowd -- got both. It was ~ 10 degrees hotter than the advertised average high of 93, and didn't cool to 80 until ~10pm. Didn't bother me.
The WRT is often described as 'moderately difficult in good weather'. I'd say it's primarily just a slow drive; e.g., 35 miles in 9 hours. Many sections are rough, or steep, or narrow, or deep sand, or badly rutted, or have sharp turns, or some combination - but it is not really very difficult with respect to any of those conditions (could be much worse in wet conditions).
For anyone interested in my equipment setup, it's here.
Here's a great map of Canyonlands and the surrounding area.
My amateur panorama from the Grand View Point Overlook (way above the WRT) is here. (too big too post here)

I'm posting a good sample of pictures here, and may add more. For anyone interested, my web site has more info and ~150 larger pictures.

I stopped overnight going north at the Goosenecks of the San Jaun. (thanks, Dave)
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The WRT from the Grand View Point Overlook.
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Starting down the Shafer Trail to the WRT.
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At the bottom
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The Colorado River
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Airport Tower -- 1st campsite
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A section of 'paved' road.
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And not paved
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Napoleon addressing his troops
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Approaching the (in)famous 'Murphy's Hogback'
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That must be it
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Looks like an ordinary little hill to me
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And down the other side
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'The' overhang? An overhang. More than 2 feet clearance.
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Good look at the Green River.
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Which also has a gooseneck
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This is about as rough as the road got -- so not very, if slow.
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A Ford 3500 dually flatbed pumper. This is between Murphy hill and Hardscrabble hill. So how bad can the road be?.
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On Hardscrabble Hill
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Near the top
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Here's what it looks like. One turn was too tight for me. There are wide turn areas at three corners.
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Pretty nice views around here
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Hardscrabble B camp area - quite nice.
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This is a big river. Lots of splashes out there, too.
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Finally found the nearly hidden river access - would be better without so much Coyote Willow and Tamerisk.
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The bank is steep and slippery, and the mud is very soft -- sink right in.
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A little sand --
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Labyrinth camp area -- near the Mineral Bottom exit. Also nice.
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Wanna wind up in the Green River? Don't pay attention through here.
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OK -- but a dually flatbed can make it.
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Now come on! The road is rougher than that. Near the Mineral Bottom boat ramp turn. There were dozens of kids over there - about to start or just ended a canoe trip.
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Mineral Bottom switchbacks. Had to back up here to let a van and canoe trailer by. Then wait as at least a dozen Suburbans and a few trucks pulling empty canoe trailers went by. See the bus?
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That afternoon, 10000+ feet in the Manti-La Sal NF. Temp: 75 at 4:30. 25+ degrees lower than on the WRT.
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Think I'll stay here.
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Stopped at Muley Point on the way home.
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Panorama from Muley Point.


Cal


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Posted: 07/06/15 05:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice, thanks for sharing...

I was encouraged to see the Dually flat bed and "Roughest spot" not looking to bad slowly.

The narrow road and outcropping looked a little hairy for that kind of set up (dually with F/B & camper)

Nice pics and report, thanks enjoyed it...

fun..


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Posted: 07/06/15 05:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fantastic trip minus the temps, thanks for posting it. WRT is on my to do list, even if it's only in from the north and back out, though three days sounds about right.

I did Schaffer Trail out by the Pot Ash pits back in 2000 in my Ford 1992 F350 Crew Cab. Not sure I could do it again because of my nerves and I'm not scared of heights. I think the narrow road with long drop-offs are why the exaggerate the road conditions a bit. Helps keep those timid from venturing out where they shouldn't go.


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Posted: 07/06/15 05:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've mountain biked it twice. One time the rangers had to close it down for a few days from rain, so we were stuck in there, right at the bottom of Hardscrabble. It's pretty scary when wet - watched a couple of vehicles almost slide off. Also, Murphy's was a lot rougher then, tons of sand right below the top - really hard to make it over the last stretch. This has been a number of years ago.

Living in Moab, I've gone up and down Shaffer and Mineral Bottom a number of times. It seems like Schaffer is worse than it used to be. The switchbacks on MB were totally washed out a few years ago and they rebuilt it. Haven't been on it since then.

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Posted: 07/06/15 05:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You showed some aspects not usually included in WRT TR's by those folks who just want to emphasize the gnarly parts. Thanks for an interesting TR.


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Posted: 07/06/15 07:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great!!!!
Keep the trip reports coming. This is the only way I will get to see the White Rim Trail.

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Posted: 07/06/15 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks..enjoyed

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Posted: 07/06/15 07:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Geez , what does Outfitter do , send you guys to mountain goat school ?
Some of those trails you drive on are spooky ! Like you should be backpacking not driving a camper. [emoticon]

That is an awesome looking place and I truly thank you for sharing it . The pics ..... some very cool shots , nice job , on my list.

Bob

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Posted: 07/06/15 08:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing your trip and photos.

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Posted: 07/06/15 09:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great TR CAL!! Wish I could have went with you. I never got to finish it due to flooding. You're right tho. As far as I have been a mini van could do it!!


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