A muddy ride to Enterprise Reservoir

Thursday , March 29, 2018 - 12:00 AM

LYNN R. BLAMIRES
Standard-Examiner columnist

It was the second ride we had ventured out on in our Tri-State Jamboree experience. I love a new trail, and the Enterprise Reservoir/Pinnacles ride was new to the trail offerings at the jamboree.

The route to the staging area took us through Veyo, north of St. George. We saw the Veyo pie pantry as we passed through and decided to pick one up on the way home. We were not disappointed.

As we staged near Long Ridge, we were told that the trail might be a little muddy. While that was an understatement, it wasn’t a deep mud except in one section — it was just greasy. As a rule, I don’t do mud, but I was optimistic. Maybe it wouldn’t be too bad. It was. It took $25 at the car wash to restore the machine to an acceptable condition.

From the staging area, we continued on Shoal Creek Road, passing Bull Mountain as we followed Cove Wash. Our elevation was at 4,600 feet above sea level. The splendor of this ride was in the tree-lined trails we enjoyed as we moved from wash to wash. We passed through a lot of conifer forests, but there were also quite a few stands of deciduous groves that would be pretty later in the spring.

Turning west at Moody Wash, we climbed 1,200 feet as we crossed by Maple Spring. Moving back south into Moody Wash, we turned west again at the East Fork of the Beaver Dam Wash by the mouth of Burnt Canyon.

I have ridden the Beaver Dam Wash down by Beaver Dam, Arizona, some 40 miles south. I didn’t know that a branch of that wash extended this far north.

We had only ridden a short distance from Burnt Canyon when we came to a unique landmark known as The Pinnacles. It is easy to see how the pioneers named this feature. The smooth grey rock jutted skyward from a grassy base as though it was sculpted in folds. It is a remarkable attraction on this ride.

Continuing our course up Beaver Dam Wash, we re-entered Moody Wash as we passed Twin Peaks. Turning back east, we reached 6,700 feet as we came to Lost Peak Spring. It was a beautiful trail, but the snow was out of place. In the summer months, altitude is a welcome relief, but not on this ride.

We descended 500 feet when we picked up the trail alongside Lost Creek on our way to Enterprise Reservoir. Lost Creek empties into the lake where we stopped for a break. We were back down to 5,800 feet and a more comfortable temperature.

The reservoir is actually two separate lakes labeled as Upper and Lower Enterprise Reservoirs. Not only is it fed by Lost Creek, but the pioneers were able to capture water from Cave, Rattlesnake and Grassy creeks.

It was here that I noticed some of differences in UTV designs. My Kawasaki Teryx 4 has fenders that generally keep the mud out of the cab. My friend, Larry Sanders and his wife, Carol, were in a Can Am X3. There are no fenders covering the front wheels on the X3 and the mud was flying like crazy. If they had not had a windshield, they would have been a couple of mud puppies. As it was, they were constantly working to keep their windshield clear so they could stay on the trail.

Passing the Honeycomb Rock Campground, we turned back onto Shoal Creek Road, which would take us back to our staging point. Honeycomb Rock rises to the east of that campground.

Coming to Grassy Flat, we stopped for lunch. Earlier, we put two frozen pans of stuffing for lettuce wraps in our lunch box ovens and plugged them in. By the time we reached Grassy Flat, we were ready to dine on hot gourmet lettuce wraps — a welcome treat on a day like that day.

Making it back to the trucks, we finished a loop of just over 40 miles. When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down and plan on riding this trail later in April or May — it is a beautiful trail.

You can email Lynn Blamires at quadmanone@gmail.com.

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