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About 3 weeks ago somebody by the name of TK left a comment saying part of the TU route was gated, private land. There's a sign pointing to Webster flat from the key intersection so i never imagined issues. Yesterday I had time to go check it out - and sure enough, it is a NO GO. Getting a bike from W to E with Zion in the middle is damn near impossible.
Time for a creative re-route. Trans Utah V1 just got a lot more epic.
To span that 2 mile section of private land, the course now bombs down to Cedar City via the C Trail, heads north to Summit, picks up a jeep road all the way to Brian Head, then follows the Marathon trail to it's terminus at Navajo lake where it will pick up the VRRT.
Oh, did I mentionthe VRRT is closed west of Navajo? Fires...this kinda stuff all converges at the last minute - the Paunsaugunt section was even closed by the Forest service due to fires - but it was reopened 2 days ago. Whew.
Anyway, here's a map showing the old and new routes compared: http://2-epic.com/transutahv2.html/.
The route just grew a bit. It's now about 370 miles with 50-51k' vert.
It scares me a bit.