Jughandle Loop

Moab, Utah

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If you can’t arrange a trip on the White Rim, then the Jughandle Loop is the next best alternative. Like the White Rim, Jughandle is a continual scenic highlight. The loop commences along the Colorado River and then rises up to the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. Along the way, the route crosses nearly 100 million years of geologic boundaries that represent an ancient time when shallow seas, shoreline flats, river deltas, and drifting dunes buried southeastern Utah under a massive wedge of mud and sand. The sediments’ flat-laying nature has been preserved largely intact, but headward erosion and down-cutting rivers have peeled back the earth’s skin to reveal Canyonlands’ famed layer-cake strata. You’ll need to watch your front wheel as you round switchbacks and drop through “Pucker Pass,” but if you lift your eyes they will fall upon the parading fins of Behind the Rocks backed by the ever-present La Sal Mountains. Tread: 10.5 miles of pavement, 26 miles of variably sandy, rocky, and washboarded doubletrack.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

If you can’t arrange a trip on the White Rim, then the Jughandle Loop is the next best alternative. Like the White Rim, Jughandle is a continual scenic highlight. The loop commences along the Colorado River and then rises up to the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. Along the way, the route crosses nearly 100 million years of geologic boundaries that represent an ancient time when shallow seas, shoreline flats, river deltas, and drifting dunes buried southeastern Utah under a massive wedge of mud and sand.

The sediments’ flat-laying nature has been preserved largely intact, but headward erosion and down-cutting rivers have peeled back the earth’s skin to reveal Canyonlands’ famed layer-cake strata. You’ll need to watch your front wheel as you round switchbacks and drop through “Pucker Pass,” but if you lift your eyes they will fall upon the parading fins of Behind the Rocks backed by the ever-present La Sal Mountains. Tread: 10.5 miles of pavement, 26 miles of variably sandy, rocky, and washboarded doubletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 36.5
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Spring (mid-March into June) and Fall (September into October)
Trailhead Elevation: 3,960 feet
Top Elevation: 6,190 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, 435-259-2100
Local Maps: USGS: Gold Bar Canyon, Musselman Arch, Shafer Basin, and The Knoll
Driving Directions: Directions to Jughandle Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

10/10/2008
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very windy ride took us 5 hours to do 44 miles (we left from campsite) and schafer trail is a very tough climb. pucker pass is a fun down hill. Don't think we will do this one again. Some beautiful views though.


3/28/2000
0

Awsome Trail if you drive your car on it! Bad Bike trail.



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