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NRMB May 4-9, 2005 Trip to Utah and Las Vegas:
Gooseberry Mesa, Little Creek Mesa, Zion Canyon and Cottonwood Canyon in Nevada

Photos of the trip

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 View from Gooseberry Mesa towards Zion


 Gooseberry Mesa South Rim Trail

May 2005

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wed

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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Drive to Springdale, UT

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Hike in Zion Canyon

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Bike Little Creek Mesa

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Bike Gooseberry Mesa
Drive to Vegas

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Bike Blue Diamond, near Vegas

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Drive home

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Note: Originally we had planned to ride Gooseberry on Friday and Little Creek on Saturday, but we switched them because the rain had made the Gooseberry access road to muddy to travel on.

Wednesday May 4: Driving to Springdale, UT

472 miles from Thousand Oaks

Accomodations: The Driftwood Lodge in Springdale

Thursday May 5: Hiking in Zion Canyon National Park

We will split into two groups, one of which will hike to Angels Landing and the other will hike to Observation Point on the East Rim Trail, with a side trips to Hidden Canyon

Friday May 6: Biking Little Creek Mesa

14 to 18 mile loop ride on singletrack and rolling slickrock.  Less technical than Gooseberry Mesa.  After the ride we’ll drive back to Las Vegas and enjoy some nightlife-Vegas style.

Since we don’t have anyone in either of our clubs (NRMB or SBMBC) that knows the Gooseberry Mesa and Little Canyon trails well enough to lead them we have arranged for a guide, (Morgan, who actually helped to build these trails) to lead us on both of these rides.  His cost to lead us for the 2 days is $400, however, if we get our usual 30 to 35 people going on the trip then it breaks down to less than $14 per person.

Saturday May 7: Biking Gooseberry Mesa

18 mile loop ride on technical singletrack and slick rock.  The guidebook rates it as a strenuous ride and trail conditions are intermediate to advanced technically.  Every bit as tough as Moab’s Slickrock.

Sunday May 8: Biking Blue Diamond (AKA Red Rock or Cottonwood Canyon) near Las Vegas

Fun, flowing, desert singletrack, loop ride that starts with a good long sustained climb but on the way back turns into a fun, fast, winding, rollercoaster ride.  Ride leader:  our very own James Campbell.  After the ride it’s more fun-Vegas style (just remember what happens in Vegas…stays in Vegas).

 Monday May 9: Drive home