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The climb up to the very nice Josephite Point Trail or Skyline Drive.


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13.3

Miles

21.5

KM

Doubletrack

10,114' 3,083 m

High

7,205' 2,196 m

Low

2,978' 908 m

Up

70' 21 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Reportedly, the main road (Utah Highway 29) becomes impassable to motor vehicles when wet, but it looked well graveled to me. The secondary road to Pete's Hole Reservoir is dirt that looks like it could be a form of clay that would turn nasty if wet.

Description

Drive west on Utah Highway 29 from Orangeville, Utah, perhaps 15 miles west to Joe's Valley Reservoir. Where the pavement ends, on the reservoir's west side, park. The elevation is about 7250 feet.

Begin a middle-ring climb up the dirt road, which begins with a series of switchbacks that afford fine views of the colorful reservoir. Around an elevation of 8750 feet the road will level out and head mostly west. You're now looking south into a picturesque alpine valley and in the next segment of this featured ride (Josephite Point Trail) you'll be on the south side looking back north to the location of this road.

Stay to the left (i.e., remain on the main road) when you see the Grassy Lake junction. A couple of miles farther you'll see a sign for Pete's Hole Reservoir. If you want to do the Joe's Valley ReservoirPete's Hole Reservoir Loop, turn downhill onto a rough jeep road that crosses a stream and then climbs to the reservoir, elevation about 8800 feet. Ignore any tiny tributary roads and proceed to the reservoir's southeast side, where you'll find a picnic table and the trailhead for the very nice Josephite Point Trail, which consists of 6.8 miles of singletrack.

Otherwise, the dirt road (Highway 29) continues on to Skyline drive if you'd like to continue on.

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Ted Stroll

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View of Joe's Valley Reservoir a mile (1.6 km) into the initial climb.
Aug 9, 2014 near Orangev…, UT
Looking west from the north side of the valley (glacial cirque?) to the end, at which point you'll curve around to its south side.
Aug 9, 2014 near Ephraim, UT
Looking over an alpine meadow shortly before the turnoff to Pete's Hole Reservoir.
Aug 9, 2014 near Ephraim, UT

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