Mountain Biking Utah
by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)
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This is a fantastic ride. The jeep road that leads to the mesa is fun and challenging at times. The mesa at the top includes some really fun slickrock sections. You can do this ride as an out and back or as a loop by desending the Portal Trail. Much of the Portal Trail is not ridable, so I highly recommend doing this as an out and back. Use the rim as your turn around point, if if you want to get a sense of what the Portal Trail is like, ride the first half mile or so, then turn around and ride back the same way you came.
This trail is lame!! Nothing but sand, sand, and more sand. Then once you're through all the sand there is a big long jeep rd to get to a the slick rock. The slick rock is fun and all but not worth all the effort to get there. All so this trail leads out to a cliff that over looks the Colorado River and then there is a trail that heads down the cliff. This trail, all though it looks like fun, is the worst!! You'll end up walking the whole thing...Just head back the way you came. (OR DON'T GO AT ALL)
Sure, it's a long climb, but challenging. The reward is at the top and down the Portal Trail. Don't call yourself an "expert" if you have to walk most of it down. This is the way "also" is spelled if you don't know how.
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