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Pinnacle-Consumers Loop

With snow lingering in the upper reaches of the mountains still, I went for a dirt bike ride in the mid-elevation foothills where the Wasatch Plateau and the Book Cliffs come together. I rode a similar loop on an ATV in the winter of 2010, but since my motorcycle is street legal and has greater range, I was able to ride straight from my house this time. The loop begins near Pinnacle Peak, then climbs up Pinnacle Canyon and Haley Canyon onto the benches surrounding the head of Gordon Creek and its tributaries. The route then barely enters the Manti-La Sal National Forest before looping back toward Price via Consumers Road.

This ride was just over 60 miles and took about four hours to complete. The riding was mellow, and the graded dirt roads were in great shape. Many of the normally-dry washes were flowing with snowmelt. My first major stop was at the end of the road in Corner Canyon to walk around and stretch my legs for a bit.

Puttering past Pinnacle Peak
Puttering past Pinnacle Peak

Railroad Crossing sign
Railroad Crossing sign

Haley Canyon with a small flow of water
Haley Canyon with a small flow of water

Star Point
Star Point

Bike on the road
Bike on the road

Water flowing in Corner Canyon
Water flowing in Corner Canyon

Grassy flats between Corner Canyon and Second Water Canyon
Grassy flats between Corner Canyon and Second Water Canyon

Burn Area Hazards sign
Burn Area Hazards sign

South and north forks of Corner Canyon
South and north forks of Corner Canyon

Partial deer skull and antlers
Partial deer skull and antlers

Corner Canyon trail
Corner Canyon trail

I proceeded north to Second Water Canyon where I stopped again for a snack, then continued to Bob Wright Canyon for a short hike. About 25 years ago I was deer hunting in the area and saw an old steam boiler, but cannot recall where it was. I hiked around where I thought it might be, but I only found some carvings in the aspen trees there.

Second Water Canyon
Second Water Canyon

Second Water Canyon trail
Second Water Canyon trail

Parking spot in Bob Wright Canyon
Parking spot in Bob Wright Canyon

Streams in Bob Wright Canyon
Streams in Bob Wright Canyon

Former road, now a stream
Former road, now a stream

Steve Horvath, Jr., 11/7/59
Steve Horvath, Jr., 11/7/59

Riding on toward Consumers Road, I decided to climb the road toward Beaver Creek to see if it was passable. I ran into a patch of snow and mud just above the first couple of switchbacks, and I knew there would be much more snow higher up so I didn’t proceed any farther. The rest of the ride was an easy cruise on pavement all the way home.

Climbing up to Beaver Creek
Climbing up to Beaver Creek

View along the North Fork of Gordon Creek
View along the North Fork of Gordon Creek

Snow and mud
Snow and mud

Road to Beaver Creek
Road to Beaver Creek

Cruising along Consumers Road
Cruising along Consumers Road

GPS stats
GPS stats


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