Behind the Rocks

Moab, Utah

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This loop ride will surely challenge you technical skills and should only be attempted by advanced riders. It is VERY sandy and VERY rocky. The deal with this trail is that it is alternately very soft and very hard, never easy, and even when it gets flat, which is seldom, it is bumpy or sandy. This ride is perfect for hammerheads who love to test their skills. The trail ranges from brutally slow and slogging to scary fast. The first half of the ride really beats you up. The second half, which takes place on the Back of Behind Trail, ores you silly, though most of the maintained road is downhill. Trail Surface: Technical jeep trail and maintained county road. Rolling hills, bedrock insults like repeated vertical slabs and stone ruts, sand, and a bit of slickrock and loose rubble.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

This loop ride will surely challenge you technical skills and should only be attempted by advanced riders. It is VERY sandy and VERY rocky. The deal with this trail is that it is alternately very soft and very hard, never easy, and even when it gets flat, which is seldom, it is bumpy or sandy.

This ride is perfect for hammerheads who love to test their skills. The trail ranges from brutally slow and slogging to scary fast. The first half of the ride really beats you up. The second half, which takes place on the Back of Behind Trail, ores you silly, though most of the maintained road is downhill. Trail Surface: Technical jeep trail and maintained county road. Rolling hills, bedrock insults like repeated vertical slabs and stone ruts, sand, and a bit of slickrock and loose rubble.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 988 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3-6 hours
Season: Year-round but best spring & fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,750 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, 435-259-2196
Local Maps: USGS Kane Springs Canyon, Trough Springs, and Moab; Moab West Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Behind the Rocks

Recent Trail Reviews

10/12/2002
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Climbs were moderately steep with rocks and underlying sand. Several technical rock outcrop drops and climbs. You''ll need to pay attention and pick your lines. One long sandy climb (walk) and one long very deep sand descent with multiple corners. One large ravine crossing "Nose-dive Hill" that is unrideable, accept by the most extreme riders. Great two-track stretches, fast in places, but be careful rocky sections and gulleys break up some of these stretches. Overall, a terrific trail experience, beautiful scenary, and lots of fun riding. Several 4WD road options to extend the length or loops to this trail. Stay on trail to protect cryptogramic soils. Avoid riding this area from late May through late August due to heat and lack of water. This area is the site of the 24 Hours of Moab Race during the middle of October.



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