I've really been looking forward to laying some tracks on segment 4 of the Dixie route. I had planned to do it next weekend but it worked out best over Memorial weekend. This area is rough, rugged, remote...unbelievable though is the quantity of rideable trail, something I honesty didn't expect to find.
It starts up Casto Canyon, ATV track giving way to singletrack, gently gaining elevation amonst killer views.
There's a hidden/unmarked trail veering N called the Hancock trail. It ascends to well over 9k and is nearly all rideable!
Then it gets interesting...
There is no trail that I could see for the next ~1/2 mile. Riding an open ridge is the scenic way to go.
New carsonite signs, let's hope this means the NFS has blowdown clearing trail maintenance on the books - cause there is plenty of that.
Up towards Adam's Head the route goes.
Most of the world comes into view at one point or another on the way up to the top of the Seviers. TU riders will recognize this landmark.
The area around Adam's head ain't easy. Damn hard actually and I'm still feeling the effects. There is some HAB, and some tree hopping involved. Truth be told, by the time I hit a jeep trail segment I was darn ready for it. At about 10,200' I finally got into some deep snow. Luckily it was early enough in the day it was still frozen - and rideable! No pugs required.
There was less than 2 miles of that before heading off the edge of the plateau down the Snowbank Trail (yes, appropriately named).
Segment 4 is difficult and remote. It stands as mapped. I will encourage any 311 riders to opt to stick to the Fremont trail (really nice ATV route with zero hike a bike) instead of bailing if this stage seems over the top at this stage of the game. If the NFS or me and some volunteers (ahem!) can get up there with chainsaws prior to the event it will be much more enjoyable.
The other piece I wanted to get a read on was the climb out of Circleville (hello Chad, this is for you). I mapped it to go right up the Piute ATV trail. Well, I've had a few close calls with motos out there so the thought of having riders push their bikes up a steep canyon while motos come ripping down didn't sit right, so I found another way. It's in the map below. It's still challenging, but all rideable. You may need to take rest stops though, it's a long ways to climb from Circleville to the Tushars...I'm trying to make that 5k' ascent as direct and rideable as possible.