Spring Canyon to Hey Joe Canyon

Moab, Utah

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You'll encounter a steep and dangerous descent, nine miles of deep sand along the Green River, and a visit to a uranium mine. The reverse trip has the same sand stuff and then a VERY difficult climb out. In summer Spring Canyon offers the opportunity for swimming in some great waterholes in the upper reaches of the canyon, if you detour right at the bottom of the Spring Canyon descent. Believe it or not, the return trip is like a completely different ride. Here are necessary pointers. First, carry a lot more water than you would ever think you need. Secondly, start your ride REALLY EARLY! Lastly, forget doing the loop that's documented in a couple of other guidebooks. Do this ride as an out-and-back from the top of spring Canyon. Forget the loop! Trail Surface: Rugged 4WD and ATV track. Technical ledges, loose rock, sand, sand, and more sand on the banks of the Green River. The descent into Spring Canyon is difficult. The road in may be dangerous and washed out in places depending on maintenance or lack thereof.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

You'll encounter a steep and dangerous descent, nine miles of deep sand along the Green River, and a visit to a uranium mine. The reverse trip has the same sand stuff and then a VERY difficult climb out. In summer Spring Canyon offers the opportunity for swimming in some great waterholes in the upper reaches of the canyon, if you detour right at the bottom of the Spring Canyon descent.

Believe it or not, the return trip is like a completely different ride. Here are necessary pointers. First, carry a lot more water than you would ever think you need. Secondly, start your ride REALLY EARLY! Lastly, forget doing the loop that's documented in a couple of other guidebooks. Do this ride as an out-and-back from the top of spring Canyon. Forget the loop! Trail Surface: Rugged 4WD and ATV track. Technical ledges, loose rock, sand, sand, and more sand on the banks of the Green River. The descent into Spring Canyon is difficult. The road in may be dangerous and washed out in places depending on maintenance or lack thereof.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 23.6
Elevation Gain: 3,141 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Year-round but best spring & fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,100 feet
Top Elevation: 5,000 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, 435-259-2196
Local Maps: USGS Dubinky, Bow Knot, and Tenmile Point; Moab West Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Spring Canyon to Hey Joe Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

3/25/2005
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I did this ride in cool weather during Jeep Safari Week. It had rained the night before so the road/sand was packed. I parked at the short cut spur from Dubinky Well Road about 3 miles from the top of Spring Canyon Rim. The drop into the canyon is steep but very ridable as long as you stay away from the rim. It is an absolutely beautiful canyon. The road up the Green River to the mine was no problem. I did encounter a group of about 20 jeeps on the way up, they were great and all stopped for me when I passed them. The portage is a joke, cuz every route I looked at looked impossible gonzo. So being a family man I turned around. Of course I did my one "endo" in front of all the jeeps as they came up the scramble to the mine. "You ain't ridin' if you ain't bleedin'" was my save face response." The climb back out of the canyon is mellow till the last 1.5 miles, but after a Clif Bar at the creek crossing it was over in 15 horrible minutes. Out and back from the Well Road short cut is just at 30 miles. A great ride if you want to get away from the crowds of Moab and ride right next to a very big river (by Colorado standards).



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