Pritchett Canyon to Hunter Canyon Rim

Moab, Utah

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Riding up Pritchett Canyon takes a lot of fortitude. Especially when the sand is dry and the streambed is torn up. After slogging and hammering up loose winding slopes through deep beach sand and over babyheads with only brief sections of contoured bedrock, many spots at the top are simply unrideable. Many sections demand that you step back, pick a better line, and try it again. Once at the top you'll encounter mineral deposits, more sand, a detour to a natural bridge, one of the most beautiful arches in canyon country, a rim ride on a technical singletrack over tight Hunter Canyon, and a portage down into Gatherer Canyon. Trail Surface: Loop on a very technical 4WD track. Ends with a short and somewhat rideable singletrack and a steep portage. Trail repeatedly crosses a streambed, which is dry much of the year. Surfaces are sand, babyheads, water-contoured bedrock, slickrock, hardpack, and loose rock.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

Riding up Pritchett Canyon takes a lot of fortitude. Especially when the sand is dry and the streambed is torn up. After slogging and hammering up loose winding slopes through deep beach sand and over babyheads with only brief sections of contoured bedrock, many spots at the top are simply unrideable.

Many sections demand that you step back, pick a better line, and try it again. Once at the top you'll encounter mineral deposits, more sand, a detour to a natural bridge, one of the most beautiful arches in canyon country, a rim ride on a technical singletrack over tight Hunter Canyon, and a portage down into Gatherer Canyon. Trail Surface: Loop on a very technical 4WD track. Ends with a short and somewhat rideable singletrack and a steep portage. Trail repeatedly crosses a streambed, which is dry much of the year. Surfaces are sand, babyheads, water-contoured bedrock, slickrock, hardpack, and loose rock.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 11.7
Elevation Gain: 2,448 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3-5 hours
Season: Year-round but best spring & fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,800 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, 435-259-2196
Local Maps: USGS Moab and Trough Springs Canyon; Moab West Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Pritchett Canyon to Hunter Canyon Rim

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