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I'll talk with my boss tomorrow and may be able to get Friday off in order to make the drive out (only about a ten hour drive) if we need to try to start earlier.
My JK friends and I will be doing a couple other BOH trails while you're in town, let me know if you want to tag along.
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Sounds like a plan.

On a separate note, my new 255/75/17 KO2's are suppose to be here tomorrow.

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The sooner the better, as far as warmer weather goes. June, July and August would be scorching hot, but doable if you like to cook yourself medium well. To me, the best two months are either April or October, with the latter being better due to a little longer days. Temp wise, you should be fine from March-mid May and Sept through the end of October. Any later in the year you can get snow. You can also get snow in March, but it usually melts quick.

Rock rails are pretty much needed. A winch is very helpful. More than one vehicle is highly recommended. Many spots deserve caution and you will be asking yourself, "what was I thinking." And you'll consider turning around. With time, caution, and assistance from a second vehicle, it is doable. It will take time. There will be upwards of 35 miles, one way, of slow crawling. Up on Grey Mesa you can step on the gas for some refreshing dusty two track, but on either side, slow crawling is the order of the day. You cannot get all the way to Lake Powell, but you can see it from the end point. You can hike close to Lake Powell if so inclined. Challenging named obstacles are: The Twist, The Chute, climbing up Grey's Mesa (the Dugway). You get them all again on the return trip back out. You can also take a side trip to Lake Canyon from either end. Until about 10 years ago you traversed Lake Canyon. It washed out and you have to go the long way around now, the bypass not actually on the Hole in the Rock trail itself.

I found this guide to be very helpful and used it. (I printed a copy to have with me). https://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=100

I'd love to join with you guys. I love the history of this trail. But I cannot get the time off. I'm saving up for a big two week trip in June. If you have time, stop in at the Bluff Fort in Bluff, Utah for some history about the area and the trail. I have several local Salt Lake friends whose families were some of the original travelers of the trail back in 1878 and 1879. The trip was supposed to take them 6 weeks; but it took them six months.

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Thanks for the info taatmk. I actually watched an old documentary on it earlier on youtube. Very interesting history. Though I've owned 4x4's most of my life and spent a lot of time down in the river canyon, this will be my first serious off road trail ride and I am looking forward to the challenges.

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The sooner the better, as far as warmer weather goes. June, July and August would be scorching hot, but doable if you like to cook yourself medium well. To me, the best two months are either April or October, with the latter being better due to a little longer days. Temp wise, you should be fine from March-mid May and Sept through the end of October. Any later in the year you can get snow. You can also get snow in March, but it usually melts quick.

Rock rails are pretty much needed. A winch is very helpful. More than one vehicle is highly recommended. Many spots deserve caution and you will be asking yourself, "what was I thinking." And you'll consider turning around. With time, caution, and assistance from a second vehicle, it is doable. It will take time. There will be upwards of 35 miles, one way, of slow crawling. Up on Grey Mesa you can step on the gas for some refreshing dusty two track, but on either side, slow crawling is the order of the day. You cannot get all the way to Lake Powell, but you can see it from the end point. You can hike close to Lake Powell if so inclined. Challenging named obstacles are: The Twist, The Chute, climbing up Grey's Mesa (the Dugway). You get them all again on the return trip back out. You can also take a side trip to Lake Canyon from either end. Until about 10 years ago you traversed Lake Canyon. It washed out and you have to go the long way around now, the bypass not actually on the Hole in the Rock trail itself.

I found this guide to be very helpful and used it. (I printed a copy to have with me). https://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=100

I'd love to join with you guys. I love the history of this trail. But I cannot get the time off. I'm saving up for a big two week trip in June. If you have time, stop in at the Bluff Fort in Bluff, Utah for some history about the area and the trail. I have several local Salt Lake friends whose families were some of the original travelers of the trail back in 1878 and 1879. The trip was supposed to take them 6 weeks; but it took them six months.
I'll be driving down from Ogden on a Friday night and back to work Monday morning, I've already set up vacation time after that to be back to Moab for EJS. You're definitely welcome to join if you can swing it.
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The sooner the better, as far as warmer weather goes. June, July and August would be scorching hot, but doable if you like to cook yourself medium well. To me, the best two months are either April or October, with the latter being better due to a little longer days. Temp wise, you should be fine from March-mid May and Sept through the end of October. Any later in the year you can get snow. You can also get snow in March, but it usually melts quick.

Rock rails are pretty much needed. A winch is very helpful. More than one vehicle is highly recommended. Many spots deserve caution and you will be asking yourself, "what was I thinking." And you'll consider turning around. With time, caution, and assistance from a second vehicle, it is doable. It will take time. There will be upwards of 35 miles, one way, of slow crawling. Up on Grey Mesa you can step on the gas for some refreshing dusty two track, but on either side, slow crawling is the order of the day. You cannot get all the way to Lake Powell, but you can see it from the end point. You can hike close to Lake Powell if so inclined. Challenging named obstacles are: The Twist, The Chute, climbing up Grey's Mesa (the Dugway). You get them all again on the return trip back out. You can also take a side trip to Lake Canyon from either end. Until about 10 years ago you traversed Lake Canyon. It washed out and you have to go the long way around now, the bypass not actually on the Hole in the Rock trail itself.

I found this guide to be very helpful and used it. (I printed a copy to have with me). https://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=100

I'd love to join with you guys. I love the history of this trail. But I cannot get the time off. I'm saving up for a big two week trip in June. If you have time, stop in at the Bluff Fort in Bluff, Utah for some history about the area and the trail. I have several local Salt Lake friends whose families were some of the original travelers of the trail back in 1878 and 1879. The trip was supposed to take them 6 weeks; but it took them six months.
I'll be driving down from Ogden on a Friday night and back to work Monday morning, I've already set up vacation time after that to be back to Moab for EJS. You're definitely welcome to join if you can swing it.
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I'll talk with my boss tomorrow and may be able to get Friday off in order to make the drive out (only about a ten hour drive) if we need to try to start earlier.
So I am good for the drive out on Friday. Depending on anyone else coming we could have an earlier start of so inclined.

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Shouldn't be a problem to do this over a weekend for those that don't want to take time off work. Assuming a six hour or less drive from home to the trailhead.
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