The 2-day Dunes & Trails ride was held August 26-27, 2017 in Hatch, UT. with 21 vehicles. We gathered for the safety meeting at 9 am (NV time) at the parking lot of the Riverside Ranch RV park which was 7,000 feet elevation. Saturday’s ride was 65 miles and lasted almost 7 hours riding at times over 10,000 feet. First stop was an equipment check on Proctor Canyon road which I call “The Pit” 3 miles from start.
Second stop was a scenic stop for pictures about 7 miles up the mountain. We traveled over relatively smooth trails with some rough spots. Low gear 4 wheel drive was not necessary except in a very few instances. Our travels took us to Blue Fly Creek and a bathroom stop at Tropic Reservoir. From there onward to Ruby’s Inn seeing an osprey nest with young birds and a prairie dog village. Several riders reported seeing antelopes (white butts) and deer. We all saw lots of cows. Lunch at Ruby’s Inn and then back on the trail.
We stopped at a natural artesian well & the water tasted so pure. From there back up the mountain via Skunk Creek trail with our final stop at the top for a breath-taking 25 mile view across the valley looking down on reddish orange hoo-doo’s. Then back to fuel up and base camp for a community pot luck supper.
Sunday’s ride started at same time and from same gathering point. We rode up Hatch Mountain on dirt roads and trails where we saw lots of campers and other OHV’s. Our destination was the general store at Panguitch Lake. We stopped for 30-45 minutes for refreshments and bathroom.
Scenery was stunning on the 37 mile ride with 12 vehicles. We were back early enough for those leaving Sunday to make it home that night. Several riders stayed Sunday night and continued to enjoy the cooler temperatures.