Mountain Biking Utah
by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)
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It's been 10 years since my last visit. The New extended version is a awesome improvement. Single Track in the Alpine's down into the canyons. They have added a bike friendly paved trail away from traffic to get you back to the city. It even has it's own tunnel under-pass to cross the highway.
NICE - A MUST DO TRAIL IN AMERICA !
I loved this trail - take the shuttle to the top of Porcupine singletrack and ride all the way down to the colorado river.
When you hit the notch you are still on the trail
We were too early this year but next year I hope to ride the 30 mile Enchilada that hooks in higher elevation trails, part of the Kokopelli trail and the newly opened UPS
All around must do for Moab
Most people take a shuttle to the trailhead from town (contact any local bike shop about shuttle schedules). Even taking out the significant distance and elevation to the trailhead, this is still a technically and physically challenging ride. But the effort is well worth it. The views at the top of the rim overlooking castle valley are phenominal. The descent down to the Colorado river is fantastic, but will challenge your bike handling ability. The road ride back into town is only a few miles, but not a great way to end the ride, so try to leave a car at the bottom to avoid this boring stretch back into town. Otherwise, be careful as the road is narrow and dangerous due to car and RV traffic.
The trail has a few technical areas that require a bit of expertise but the remainder of the ride has some excellent views and areas for high speed downhill riding.
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