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6 Days Escalante Singletrack Hiking and Mountain Bike Tour in Utah, USA
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Escalante Outfitters, 310 West Main Street, Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, USA

Guided Bike Tour in the USA

From the high alpine terrain of the Aquarius Plateau to the deep canyons of the Escalante River, discover a fantastic array of backcountry cycling in Utah with Escape Adventures! These primitive trails reveal secret canyons and spectacular mountain vistas. The trip highlights include cycling atop the highest plateau in North America, visiting John Wesley Powell’s favorite lookout point, plus cycling across Hell’s Backbone and the exciting Gap Mountain Trail. Secluded trails, private vistas, high mountain lakes, and an abundance of wildlife make Escalante an Escape Adventures favorite!

Key information

  • Trip type: guided
  • Lodging: center-based
  • Terrain: high alpine, dirt road
  • Starts in: St. George
  • Ends in: St. George
  • Difficulty level: easy (cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day), moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day), challenging (cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 200-310 miles / 321-498 kilometers
  • Type of bike: mountain bike

Highlights

  • Guided mountain biking
  • Service of 2 trained trip leaders
  • Cycling atop the highest plateau in North America
  • Riding across Hell’s Backbone and the Gap Mountain Trail
  • Visiting John Wesley Powell’s favorite lookout point
  • Support vehicle during your bike tour
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Meals and snacks

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will stay in cozy cabins at Escalante Outfitters. Log cabins sleep two people in either a queen or bunk bed and provide a comfortable place to rest your head after a day of exploring the rugged canyon country. Each cabin has fresh clean sheets and blankets, towels, soap, power, heat / air conditioning, and a reading lamp. There is a bathhouse centrally located for all lodging guests to use. Linens and towels are replaced in the cabins daily.

Program

Escalante National Monument is one of the largest stretches of roadless wilderness left in the West. Amidst this epic high country, you find what celebrated adventure author, Zane Grey, described as “a stairway to the sky”; a 7,650-foot high plateau known as the Grand Staircase.

In the summer months, from the Aquarius Plateau, North America’s highest tableland or tectonic uplift, a series of 10,000 and 11,000-foot peaks with extraordinary vistas even for a state known for scenery, you will follow primitive trails dotted by hidden lakes and streams. Large herds of elk crisscross the trail, while 13 types of raptors nest above. You can admire canyon walls inscribed with Native American petroglyphs and pictographs and then relish in the cool, pure water cascading from 146-foot high Calf Creek Falls.

For skilled riders who match go-deep endurance with long-in-the-saddle experience, Escalante mountain singletrack is nothing less than a superb, multifaceted trip. Conversely, the Escalante tour provides all the same enormous vistas, though set on far less challenging dirt roads mixed with double tracks.

Itinerary

Day 1-2

You will meet at Bryce Canyon, have your dinner in Escalante, ride the Great Western Trail to Barker Reservoir, and hike secret Indian ruins.

Day 3-4

You will explore the Great Western Trail and Posey Lake, as well as Hell's Backbone, and hike the Calf Creek Falls.

Day 5-6

You will ride to Barney Top and Powell Point, as well as Thunder Mountain and Red Canyon singletrack.

Bike information

Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle-free on tour. By choosing to rent a bike from Escape Adventures, they will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Santa Cruz and Specialized. They replace their rental fleet each season to ensure all their rentals meet their high standards.

All of their mountain bikes are equipped with full suspension frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, they now have e-mountain bikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Full Suspension

The Stumpjumper FSR 29er may be the most amazing designed alloy bike ever made. It will exceed all of your expectations of how a trail bike should ride. It has 1x11 gearing, hydraulic brakes, and the latest and best suspension technology available.

Santa Cruz Hightower Full Suspension

The Hightower 29er brings versatility and sports 135 millimeters of rear travel, fast-rolling 29er wheels, and a 67-degree head angle. The Hightower gives you the extra bit of confidence, impeccable trail manners, and pedals efficiently.

Preparing for your mountain bike tour

For optimal physical preparation, it is recommended that you ride at least several hours per week during the month preceding the tour. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day, and Escape Adventures can assure you that an unprepared bottom is a sore one! If you cannot ride your bike, or do not own one, take a spin class at your local gym a few times a week. Your level of fitness does affect how much you enjoy your tour. Check your specific itinerary for an idea of your average daily mileage and level of strenuousness - then train appropriately.

Skill levels required for this tour:

Intermediate:

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can cycle for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This bike tour will take place in Utah, USA. Your accommodation, Escalante Outfitters, is located in the heart of the Grand Staircase, Escalante National Monument, at the base of Boulder Mountain. You will explore various locations including the Great Western Trail, Barker Reservoir, Posey Lake, Hell's Backbone, Calf Creek Falls, Barney Top, Powell Point, Thunder Mountain, and Red Canyon.

Food

You will be served all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day. Expect to eat only freshly-prepared foods at each meal. You eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. Breakfast favorites include blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Lunches include delicacies such as Greek salad, veggie-feta wraps, and pasta.

Appetizers, like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité compliment elaborate salads and pastries. Dinner entreés, such as polenta lasagna, steak, salmon, and deep dish pizza are delicious when baked in a Dutch oven or grilled over an open fire. Desserts range from pineapple upside-down cake to chocolate fondue. If you have special diet requirements, Escape Adventures can accommodate with prior notice. Vegans and vegetarians are no problem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Guided mountain biking
  • Service of 2 professionally-trained trip leaders
  • Support vehicle
  • Bike maintenance
  • Community gear
  • Meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Snacks
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the trip
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities to your guide

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Las Vegas

If you drive, take the I-15 north from Las Vegas through Mesquite, Nevada, until you come to St. George. The distance between Las Vegas and St. George is approximately 115 miles. It takes about two hours to get there, plus a time zone difference of one hour.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at St. George Regional Airport (SGU). The airport is served year-round by Delta Airlines, operated by SkyWest Airlines through Salt Lake City, Utah, and by United Airlines, also operated by SkyWest Airlines, connecting through Los Angeles, California. Please send Escape Adventures an inquiry for more information.

Arrival by shuttle

Escape Adventures offers a shuttle from the Element Hotel in Las Vegas to St. George on the first morning of each tour. Please send Escape Adventures an inquiry for more information. In addition, the St. George Shuttle company is available.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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