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Sand Dunes Covering the Road to Blue John

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Erin, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. Erin

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    The main road into the Roost that takes you to Horseshoe Canyon/Blue John is currently impassable at Mile 20. The road is covered in sand dunes. Conditions can change quickly, so hopefully they’ll clear out soon. But I just wanted to warn everyone so you can have a Plan B if you’re headed out there. The road to White Roost was just fine, so we did that instead. :)


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  2. Scott Patterson

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    The sand has made some of the routes harder as well. The crack exit out of Robbers Roost Canyon (we did the North Fork yesterday) had sand on all of the holds, making the route out much more difficult than usual.
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    Impassable in what sort if vehicle?
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    Everyone in our group agreed that even a 4WD vehicle would not be able to make it. But it was so windy; even as we stood there watching, the sand was shifting. So who knows what it will even look like tomorrow?


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  5. Steve Jorge

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    So this would be a few miles before you get to "The Big Tee" right?
    If anyone gets any updates in the next week and a half please let everyone know. I was planning on going to the Roost end of next week and it sounds like Alcatraz, BlueJohn, and High Spur might not be possible if the sand dune is still there...
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    Good place to catch a sunset though... [​IMG]
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    Just drive in from the Green River side of the loop.
    I typically drive in that way anyways.
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  8. Scott Patterson

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    You could still get there from Green River.

    Edit: Oops, Bill already pointed that out.
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  9. Steve Jorge

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    Thanks for the suggestion guys. According to google maps it about doubles the mileage (to get to the "Big Tee"). But that is not necessarily twice as long if the road conditions are pretty good the whole time. Is that the case? never been that way before.
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    Doubles the mileage from where? Your profile says that you live in SLC. If so, the route from Green River is shorter on miles, but it can take longer since more of it is unpaved.
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    If you air down your vehicles tires, any 4wd vehicle can travel in sand. I've drove my crew cab 4x4 diesel to the sand dunes running at 10 to 12 psi in the tires. I regularly am running 8 to 10 psi in my jeep and 4runner for sand travel.
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  12. Steve Jorge

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    Sorry, mileage from pavement.
  13. Erin

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    We did Gruver on Friday and took the road out of Green River and it was fine up till that point, at least.


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    I prefer driving dirt roads in the desert. There's lots of nice fun things to check out off that section of the SR desert loop like Moonshine, Colonnade, Horseshoe, Three Canyon, Keg Springs, and the Chaffin Geyser. Its much more interesting then the 24 side of things and with some absolutely incredible camps if you know where to look.

    If you haven't done it, your missing out.

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  15. Austin Farnworth

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    The road is currently free of sand dunes.

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  16. Derrick Snider

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    What way is that? I guess I don’t know that route in


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    The 1010 road is a big L the connects Green River to 24, most people take the 24 side in and out but the entire road is graded.
    https://goo.gl/maps/yGZffnsN5vs
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    Hmmm, ok thanks
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