Bikepacking Hey Joe Safari (Act III – Tremors)

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In the third act of Chris Wilson’s three-part Utah bikepacking series, he and his riding partner Rob tackle the 98-mile Hey Joe Safari route in just two days. Watch the video here alongside more information on the route and a few photos from the trip…

At the end of November, filmmaker Chris Wilson and riding buddy Rob set out to complete three bikepacking routes in Utah and create a three-part series documenting their ride. The Hey Joe Safari bikepacking route was the final act of this 10-day puzzle, and they completed the route in two days, making it especially challenging. Watch the video of their ride below, then scroll down for a gallery of photos, a few thoughts on the route, and links to the other two videos in the series.

“I have three liters in my backpack, five liters on my bike, this much [zero] suspension… and I’m having a great morning!”

  • Bikepacking Hey Joe Safari Video
  • Bikepacking Hey Joe Safari Video

Route Notes (by Chris Wilson)

Overall, I really liked the route, but it was tough to do in two days. There was more sand than we anticipated, but the scramble section wasn’t that bad (despite me having a little slip).

Water: We carried all of our water for this route. I think we each had about 8-9 liters.

Bike setup: I rode a Surly Karate Monkey with a 2.6″ tire up front and a 2.5″ in the back and front suspension. Rob rode a Surly Krampus with 2.35″ tires in the front and rear, fully rigid. Neither of these setups was great for the sand, and we both did the same amount of walking.

Bikepacking Hey Joe Safari Video
  • Bikepacking Hey Joe Safari Video
  • Bikepacking Hey Joe Safari Video
  • Bikepacking Hey Joe Safari Video
The Hey Joe Safari offers a broad strokes tour of the ever-popular desert landscape around western Moab. This weekend bikepacking route follows rugged jeep tracks, bounces along slickrock expanses, explores prehistoric dinosaur tracks, winds through Utah cattle country, dumps you into the Green River’s Hey Joe Canyon via a 3rd class hike-a-bike, and culminates with 20 miles of the area’s most popular singletrack, the Magnificent 7 Trails. Full guide here.

More from Chris Wilson

Find Acts I and II below, alongside a couple of other video reports by Chris...



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