The White Rim

Moab, Utah

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The story of the earth revealed in the book of the White Rim has been revealed through eons of EROSION, that force of nature that has made the place so beautiful and so intimidating. While riding the Whit Rim you will encounter 320 million years of geological change that began during the Pennsylvanian Period when this area was on the equator. The oldest visibly exposed geological layer is the 280 million year old Cutler formation. The youngest layers visible are in the La Sal Mountains to the southeast. The La Sals are the second youngest mountain range on earth at 24 million years old and were created by volcanic activity deep underground that caused the uplift, but never erupted. The complete trail starts with a descent and ends with a climb, no matter how you cut it. Trail Surface: 4WD doubletrack. Mostly hardpack and sand. Some loose rock, bedrock, small ledges, and a bit of gravel.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

The story of the earth revealed in the book of the White Rim has been revealed through eons of EROSION, that force of nature that has made the place so beautiful and so intimidating. While riding the Whit Rim you will encounter 320 million years of geological change that began during the Pennsylvanian Period when this area was on the equator. The oldest visibly exposed geological layer is the 280 million year old Cutler formation.

The youngest layers visible are in the La Sal Mountains to the southeast. The La Sals are the second youngest mountain range on earth at 24 million years old and were created by volcanic activity deep underground that caused the uplift, but never erupted. The complete trail starts with a descent and ends with a climb, no matter how you cut it. Trail Surface: 4WD doubletrack. Mostly hardpack and sand. Some loose rock, bedrock, small ledges, and a bit of gravel.

©  Lee Bridgers/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 76
Elevation Gain: 9,910 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 2-4 days
Season: Year-round but best spring & fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,700 feet
Top Elevation: 5,750 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park, 435-259-4351.
Local Maps: USGS The Knoll, Mineral Bottom, Bowknot, Bend, Horsethief Canyon, Upheaval Dome, Mussleman Arch, Turks Head, and Monument Bason; Moab East Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map.
Driving Directions: Directions to The White Rim

Recent Trail Reviews

10/5/2004
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A great escape into the canyon country of Utah. I have done the trip a couple of times - once in 3 days and once in 4days. It is great either way. If you are not too proud to push your bike it is very doable by all mtn. bikers.



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