Joseph Barrett | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Joseph Barrett


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Joseph Barrett was at Imlay
9 months ago in a Cessna 140 with 8.50 x 6 tires

A bit delayed on the airstrip report but the previous report still stands. The airstrip is in really great shape with the exception of some ruts in the center-edge of the runway that can easily be avoided once spotted. As with most strips in the area, cow activity is high.

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Joseph Barrett was at Rustler Canyon
11 months ago in a Cessna 140 with 8.50x6 tires

The runway was in great shape. I walked it and threw as many large rocks off of it as I could find. My guess is the cows keep kicking them onto the runway. With that being said, if you’ve flown in Utah you know that cow activity on the runway is not uncommon. That stands true for this strip as there were about 3 dozen cows spread out around the strip. I also would agree with the previous post that discussed the runway not necessarily being as long as stated. You do still have a no less than 2000’ of usable though which should be plenty for most.

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Joseph Barrett was at Selenite / Factory Butte Coal Mine
11 months ago in a Cessna 140 with 8.50x6 tires

This is a pretty cool strip to check out if you haven’t done so already. The strip itself consisted of soft loose dirt, fossilized sea shells, and of course the selenite crystals. The previous reports still stand. There are ruts in the western end of the main runway and major water runoff on the eastern end. The crosswind runway has some deep depressions where water has pooled and should be noted if attempting to use. Its also worth noting, the main runway was pretty soft and I would highly recommend high float or tundra tires if landing here.

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Joseph Barrett was at Hidden Splendor
11 months ago in a Cessna 140 with 8.50x6 tires

Flew into hidden splendor on Saturday. The runway was very firm and in great shape. I didn’t note a single divot or rut throughout.

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Joseph Barrett was at Mineral Canyon
11 months ago in a Cessna 140 with 8.50x6 tires

The runway was very soft on both ends due to cow activity. As best I could tell, there are 2 main cattle trails existing on either end of the runway where they have been going to the water source. Before departure I had to spend about 10 minutes herding them off the runway. They left without much protest.

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Joseph Barrett was at Fry Canyon
1 year ago in a Cessna 140 with 8.50x6 tires

For the most part, the runway was in great shape. As previous reports have stated, a road intersects the runway effectively splitting it into thirds. The southern third below the road is becoming more overgrown and has a deep washout area from a previous rain storm. The Northern two thirds are in great condition. There are small clumps of grass on the runway which was fairly firm considering the the temps that the area has been experiencing. Overall, a great strip to check out. You will definitely feel the 1.7% slope. I recommend a minimum tire size of 8.00 x 6 going into this one due to the grass clumps.

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Joseph Barrett was at Mineral Canyon
1 year ago in a Cessna 140 with 8.50x6 tires

The scariest thing I can imagine for Halloween is getting to your strip only to find half of it is a mud pit. The main parking area along with the better part of the northern 1/2 of the strip is either underwater or in a state of thick peanut butter like mud. With that being said, its still doable. I counted 270 yards of useable, mostly dry runway from the edge of the brush on the extended threshold of 33 to the point where water starts. Happy Halloween!

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Joseph Barrett was at Ibex / Tule Valley Hardpan
1 year ago in a Cessna 140 with 6.00x6 tires

The majority of the lakebed was dry with the exception of a few small pools here and there. Someone has made a small rock structure at the south end of the lake and there were quite a few ATV’s. A low pass should be accomplished before landing. There is a wind sock and a flag on top of the rock formation in the center of the lake that provides good reference on which direction to land.

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