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Offline moocar

Utah cliffs loop on western express east bound
« on: May 09, 2016, 01:13:36 pm »
Hey everyone,

I'm making my way from San Francisco to Colorado via the western express. I'm almost at Cedar city and thinking about doing the Utah cliffs loop while I'm here. I was thinking about starting it in cedar and doing it in reverse (heading towards st George first) and then rejoin the western express near Hatch/Panguitch. This would mean I'd miss out on Dixie national park, but given its probably pretty snowy up there, it might be a good thing.

So, my question is, has anyone done the loop in reverse, or is there any reason not to do it that way?

Thanks!
Anthony

Offline TrailBoss

Re: Utah cliffs loop on western express east bound
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2016, 10:45:38 am »
Anthony, I did the research for the Utah Cliffs Loop (many years ago!) I don't know of anyone who has ridden it "backwards," but I can't think of any reason not to do it that way. Let us know how it goes, okay? --Mac

Offline moocar

Re: Utah cliffs loop on western express east bound
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 10:57:33 pm »
In the end I did the loop in the normal direction. I didn't get to do from Valejo Lake since the roads were all snowed over still (I found this out at altitude!). The ride was awesome! The only reason I can think of for not doing the loop counter-clockwise is that the downhill views might be better in the normal direction. And maybe the prevailing winds might be better.

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Offline JHamelman

Re: Utah cliffs loop on western express east bound
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2016, 09:14:03 am »
Thanks for letting us know how it went and your opinion on direction of travel. I'm sure someone down the road will be glad to hear your experience and thoughts.

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