Mountain Bike Hut-to-Hut Through Southern Utah’s Most Stunning Terrain

The scale and grandeur of the backcountry mountain bicycle route make it difficult to set in correct viewpoint, or capture in phrases. We’ll try even though, with one hundred ninety miles by way of national parks, hoodoo-filled canyons, mountain goat-dotted meadows, and extraordinary Southwestern desert surroundings included upon the trip […]

The scale and grandeur of the backcountry mountain bicycle route make it difficult to set in correct viewpoint, or capture in phrases. We’ll try even though, with one hundred ninety miles by way of national parks, hoodoo-filled canyons, mountain goat-dotted meadows, and extraordinary Southwestern desert surroundings included upon the trip from Brian Head to Escalante, remaining at the new Aquarius Path Huts.

Five shipping container huts are spaced together the Aquarius Path, which rolls by way of Utah’s most storied and scenic details, from Powell Point to overviews of Bryce Canyon Countrywide Park, Brian Head Ski Resort, Crimson Canyon, Aquarius Plateau, Dixie Countrywide Forest, Escalante Countrywide Monument, and additional. Some sections of the path are singletrack, some are just scenic, and you have alternatives for much easier or more durable times together the way, with chilly beers and other drinks waiting at every single hut for your arrival.

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The off-grid Aquarius Path Huts are retrofitted shipping containers powered by photo voltaic, with complete-size refrigerators and freezers that can be stocked for your group. The huts have bedding, towels for the chilly shower, and every little thing else you need to have (except your dresses and your toothbrush), and every single is divided into several bunk-rooms.

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E book your stay, then toss a leg in excess of your trip. From Brian Head, the route descends almost three,000 feet on Bunker Creek singletrack to Panguitch Lake. Navigate with a delivered GPS monitor or a map as it meanders by way of ponderosa and juniper forest interwoven with ancient lava beds and rolling meadows to Hatch Hut, in the Headwaters section of the Countrywide Mormon Pioneer Heritage Path, and the unique Hatch homestead, settled in 1872.

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A sturdy food and a dreamy evening will prep you for a significant morning trip. It’s an 8-mile, 2,five hundred-foot climb by way of Proctor Canyon to panoramic sights atop Sunset Cliffs at the entrance to Bryce Canyon Valley. Eight downhill miles afterwards, consider a refreshing plunge into Tropic Reservoir prior to following the Great Western Path to Crimson Canyon Hut for sweeping sights of Bryce Canyon and stunning sunsets.

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Working day three starts with a descent by way of Crimson Canyon’s hoodoos on the flanks of Thunder Mountain prior to crossing Highway 12 and climbing to the Casto Canyon trailhead with sights of Slate Mountain and Powell Point the complete way. The route crosses a small creek mattress 44 instances prior to it flows into Jeep roads on the substantial mesas of Bryce Canyon en route to Pine Lake Hut.

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Fish or swim in Pine Lake prior to hitting Aquarius Trail’s substantial stage on Working day 4. It’s a 2,200-foot climb in excess of 10 miles to the leading of 10,577-foot Barney Prime on the Aquarius Plateau, with an optional 8-mile detour to Powell Point for sweeping vistas of southern Utah you are going to never fail to remember.

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From Aquarius Hut at Clayton Springs, decide for backcountry singletrack on the Great Western Path or a additional chill pedal on Hell’s Spine Street, which traverses open up meadows frequented by absolutely free-roaming antelope. The two routes convene on Hell’s Spine Bridge prior to Box Death Hollow Wilderness and the descent to Hell’s Spine Hut at Aquarius Trail’s past hut at Sand Creek, and the exit to Escalante on Hell’s Spine Street together Box Death Hollow Wilderness. Awesome off in Calf Creek together the way, and even if your legs are weary, the 3-mile detour to the 128-foot waterfall of the very same title is truly worth the journey. Then, it’s one ultimate street climb prior to the ultimate mild descent to conclusion the tour in Escalante.

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The Aquarius Path is a self-guided path and hut system created and operated by Escape Adventures. E book a journey and you get a map and obtain to completely stocked huts. You have outfits and particular objects, but bedding, towels, food stuff, and a complete kitchen area await you at every single end. Each hut sleeps up to 12 in two cabins, with a individual bathroom constructing with a shower, pit toilet, and hand-washing station. A storage location at every single hut houses a generator to recharge e-bikes. $889 per particular person for six times 5 nights. Increase $fifty for beer. Team rates and shorter journeys are also accessible. A lot more details: aquariustrail.com


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