The dimensions and grandeur of the backcountry mountain bike route make it arduous to place in correct perspective, or seize in phrases. We’ll strive although, with 190 miles by way of nationwide parks, hoodoo-filled canyons, mountain goat-dotted meadows, and dramatic Southwestern desert surroundings lined upon the experience from Brian Head to Escalante, staying on the new Aquarius Path Huts.
5 transport container huts are spaced alongside the Aquarius Path, which rolls by way of Utah’s most storied and scenic factors, from Powell Level to overviews of Bryce Canyon National Park, Brian Head Ski Resort, Pink Canyon, Aquarius Plateau, Dixie Nationwide Forest, Escalante National Monument, and extra. Some sections of the path are singletrack, some are simply scenic, and you’ve got choices for simpler or more durable days alongside the way in which, with chilly beers and different drinks ready at every hut in your arrival.
The off-grid Aquarius Path Huts are retrofitted transport containers powered by photo voltaic, with full-size fridges and freezers that may be stocked in your group. The huts have bedding, towels for the chilly bathe, and every thing else you want (besides your garments and your toothbrush), and every is split into a number of bunk-rooms.
E-book your keep, then throw a leg over your experience. From Brian Head, the route descends practically 3,000 ft on Bunker Creek singletrack to Panguitch Lake. Navigate with a offered GPS monitor or a map because it meanders by way of ponderosa and juniper forest interwoven with historical lava beds and rolling meadows to Hatch Hut, within the Headwaters part of the Nationwide Mormon Pioneer Heritage Path, and the unique Hatch homestead, settled in 1872.
A sturdy meal and a dreamy night time will prep you for a giant morning experience. It’s an eight-mile, 2,500-foot climb by way of Proctor Canyon to panoramic views atop Sundown Cliffs on the entrance to Bryce Canyon Valley. Eight downhill miles later, take a refreshing plunge into Tropic Reservoir earlier than following the Nice Western Path to Pink Canyon Hut for sweeping views of Bryce Canyon and gorgeous sunsets.
Day 3 begins with a descent by way of Pink Canyon’s hoodoos on the flanks of Thunder Mountain earlier than crossing Freeway 12 and climbing to the Casto Canyon trailhead with views of Slate Mountain and Powell Level the entire method. The route crosses a small creek mattress 44 occasions earlier than it flows into Jeep roads on the excessive mesas of Bryce Canyon en path to Pine Lake Hut.
Fish or swim in Pine Lake earlier than hitting Aquarius Path’s excessive level on Day 4. It’s a 2,200-foot climb over 10 miles to the highest of 10,577-foot Barney High on the Aquarius Plateau, with an optionally available eight-mile detour to Powell Level for sweeping vistas of southern Utah you’ll always remember.
From Aquarius Hut at Clayton Springs, go for backcountry singletrack on the Nice Western Path or a extra chill pedal on Hell’s Spine Street, which traverses open meadows frequented by free-roaming antelope. Each routes convene on Hell’s Spine Bridge earlier than Field Dying Hole Wilderness and the descent to Hell’s Spine Hut at Aquarius Path’s final hut at Sand Creek, and the exit to Escalante on Hell’s Spine Street alongside Field Dying Hole Wilderness. Cool off in Calf Creek alongside the way in which, and even when your legs are drained, the three-mile detour to the 128-foot waterfall of the identical identify is definitely worth the journey. Then, it’s one last street climb earlier than the ultimate mild descent to finish the tour in Escalante.
The Aquarius Path is a self-guided path and hut system developed and operated by Escape Adventures. E-book a visit and also you get a map and entry to totally stocked huts. You carry clothes and private objects, however bedding, towels, meals, and a full kitchen await you at every cease. Every hut sleeps as much as 12 in two cabins, with a separate toilet constructing with a bathe, pit rest room, and hand-washing station. A storage space at every hut homes a generator to recharge e-bikes. $889 per particular person for six days 5 nights. Add $50 for beer. Group charges and shorter journeys are additionally obtainable. Extra data: aquariustrail.com
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