Mastering the trails
The Seventh Grade returns to a favorite activity — mountain biking — as they leverage the skills built on the Fourth/Fifth Grade mountain bike trip sequence. We venture into new and spectacular territory for a point-to-point itinerary, camping along the way. Lockhart Basin, which links Indian Creek to Moab, Utah offers a 44-mile route. We follow a 4×4 dirt road starting at Hamburger Rock in Indian Creek (near the Needles District in Canyonlands) climbing up to Hurrah Pass, connecting to Kane Creek Road, and arriving into the town of Moab to complete the tour. The scenic and remote route parallels the Colorado River. We will be outfitted by Rim Tours, an experienced guide company based in Moab. Our faculty will be assisted by guides from Rim Tours.
The trip departs Aspen on a Monday, traveling to set up camp and meet our guides near our take off point in Indian Creek. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are spent biking the picturesque desert landscape. The elevation gain each day of riding is about 2,000 feet. Thursday night we camp near Moab and return to Aspen Friday.
A point-to-point mountain biking trip in Utah gives Seventh Graders an indelible experience of the Western desert, winding through the red rock landscape with the Colorado River at their side.
Pack everything in a duffel bag. Bring a daypack/CamelBak for day use with one day’s lunch and snacks.
- Hat with visor (very important in the desert sun)
- Warm hat
- Gloves or mittens
- Rain jacket and rain pants (snow pants are ok)
- Warm jacket (down coat or ski jacket)
- Long pants
- Long underwear top and bottom, non-cotton
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 3 Non-cotton t-shirts
- Fleece sweater or midlayer
- Socks (3 pair, no cotton)
- Toothbrush & travel-size toothpaste
- Lip protection
- Small comb or brush
- Small sunscreen
- Headlamp or small flashlight
- 5 face masks
- Sleeping bag with stuff sack
- Sleeping pad (non-inflatable/Ridgerest so students can use it independently)
- Backpack for day use
- One-quart wide-mouth Nalgene-style water bottle, filled
- Mountain bike (please have it tuned up and checked at a local shop before the trip)
- Bike helmet (mandatory at all times on any bike)
- Spare bike tube with the right type of valve for your wheel
- Two water bottles on bike or working Camelback (check for leaks)
- Riding shorts (to prevent chafing on long rides)
- Good sturdy shoes for riding
- Bike gloves
- One lunch and one day of snacks for Monday. The school provides all other meals.
- No candy or electronics, please.
Complete instructions, packing lists, and staffing details arrive via ParentSquare shortly before each trip. At least one certified Wilderness First Responder accompanies every expedition. NOLS Risk Services of the National Outdoor Leadership School has recently completed a comprehensive analysis of policies and procedures for the Outdoor Education program at Aspen Country Day School. This program operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest.