Porcupine Rim

Moab, Utah

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This route takes you to Moab’s high country, by local standards, and to an overlook of redrock monoliths poking up from Castle Valley. For millennia the formations Castle Rock and Priest and Nuns have preached a silent sermon to a congregation of canyons, mesas, and mountain peaks. You, too, will be enlightened by their desert oration from Porcupine Rim’s 1,000-foot altar. Riding conditions are bittersweet, and your upper body will receive a bigger workout than your legs. The climb to Porcupine is a constant battle against sandstone ledges outcropping in the sandy doubletrack, and you’ll yank on your handlebars to lift your front wheel time and again. The rim road is more agitating than a paint-shaker and leaves you blurry eyed. And the famous Jackass Canyon singletrack descent is a true test of one’s handling savvy and capacity for high places; it’s blissful for some or a despairing walk for others. But when you factor in where you’ve been and where you’re going and the sights enjoyed along the way, Porcupine Rim truly is a world-class ride. Tread: 11.7 miles of sand, pebble, and broken slickrock doubletracks; 3.1 miles of dirt and ledgy singletrack.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

This route takes you to Moab’s high country, by local standards, and to an overlook of redrock monoliths poking up from Castle Valley. For millennia the formations Castle Rock and Priest and Nuns have preached a silent sermon to a congregation of canyons, mesas, and mountain peaks. You, too, will be enlightened by their desert oration from Porcupine Rim’s 1,000-foot altar. Riding conditions are bittersweet, and your upper body will receive a bigger workout than your legs.

The climb to Porcupine is a constant battle against sandstone ledges outcropping in the sandy doubletrack, and you’ll yank on your handlebars to lift your front wheel time and again. The rim road is more agitating than a paint-shaker and leaves you blurry eyed. And the famous Jackass Canyon singletrack descent is a true test of one’s handling savvy and capacity for high places; it’s blissful for some or a despairing walk for others. But when you factor in where you’ve been and where you’re going and the sights enjoyed along the way, Porcupine Rim truly is a world-class ride. Tread: 11.7 miles of sand, pebble, and broken slickrock doubletracks; 3.1 miles of dirt and ledgy singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 30.5
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Spring (April through June) and Fall (September through October)
Trailhead Elevation: 5,840 feet
Top Elevation: 6,800 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, 435-259-2100
Local Maps: USG: Big Bend, Moab, and Rill Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Porcupine Rim

Recent Trail Reviews

6/18/2010
1

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 !


3/25/2009
0

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


4/29/2004
0

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.


10/1/2001
0

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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