Bartlett Wash

Moab, Utah

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There is a generally accepted, but scientifically unproven, theorem that states, “The more time spent mountain biking in Moab, the farther from town your explorations will lead.” Ride the big-name trails near town first, by all means, then pursue lesser-known and infrequently visited areas to round out your Moab portfolio. Bartlett Wash supports a second corollary: “Not all slickrock is created equally.” Bartlett Wash lies on the northern fringe of Canyon Country, beyond which the colorful sandstones dissipate to bleak and hopelessly unproductive sagebrush plains and shallow, charcoal-colored washes. The slickrock along this route is a member (or subdivision) of the Entrada Sandstone, which on the whole forms the wonderful creations that give Arches National Park its name. Here, the gray, tan, and salmon-hued Entrada delights the eye with both soft color and smooth form. Compared to the Slickrock Bike Trail, which rolls over ecologically older and stratigraphically lower Navajo Sandstone, Bartlett Wash might be likened to riding on fine sandpaper rather than coarse sandpaper. Still, Bartlett’s abbreviated, but wavelike, expanse of barren sandstone provides hours of mountain bike gymnastics. Tread: Slickrock with one short sandbox.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

There is a generally accepted, but scientifically unproven, theorem that states, “The more time spent mountain biking in Moab, the farther from town your explorations will lead.” Ride the big-name trails near town first, by all means, then pursue lesser-known and infrequently visited areas to round out your Moab portfolio. Bartlett Wash supports a second corollary: “Not all slickrock is created equally.” Bartlett Wash lies on the northern fringe of Canyon Country, beyond which the colorful sandstones dissipate to bleak and hopelessly unproductive sagebrush plains and shallow, charcoal-colored washes.

The slickrock along this route is a member (or subdivision) of the Entrada Sandstone, which on the whole forms the wonderful creations that give Arches National Park its name. Here, the gray, tan, and salmon-hued Entrada delights the eye with both soft color and smooth form. Compared to the Slickrock Bike Trail, which rolls over ecologically older and stratigraphically lower Navajo Sandstone, Bartlett Wash might be likened to riding on fine sandpaper rather than coarse sandpaper. Still, Bartlett’s abbreviated, but wavelike, expanse of barren sandstone provides hours of mountain bike gymnastics. Tread: Slickrock with one short sandbox.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 380 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Spring (March into June) and Fall (September into November)
Trailhead Elevation: 4,620 feet
Top Elevation: 5,000 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, 435-259-2100
Local Maps: USGS: Jug Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Bartlett Wash

Recent Trail Reviews

10/19/2000
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One of a kind playground for mountain bikers! The trail is 4 miles total round trip in and out, but we've managed to do 11 miles of fun messing around! It's like a skate board rink for mountain bikers. It's a little tough to find because it's still a secret of Moab. But once you find it, you'll want to keep it a secret also!



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Apr 2018