Moab Slickrock Trail

Moab, Utah

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7 Reviews
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This trail is VERY difficult and dangerous. Do not ride alone, but do not bring along you family, your girlfriend, or anyone that you love who is not an advanced rider. Despite the fact that the trail is shown on the Discovery Channel for kids to drool over, it is extremely dangerous and parents should exercise extreme caution with children under 18 (or over) who want to ride here. You could get them into serious trouble. The Slickrock Trail is very well marked with painted white lines like the middle of a highway, and there are yellow caution markers and black diamonds to warn you of deadly sections ahead. Be sure to watch for these warnings after you hit the main loop at mile 2.5. Hills on the trail are short, but grueling and very steep. If you let you momentum carry you it could get you into trouble on twisty sections with off-camber turns, but mostly it is momentum that will allow you to ride up the really steep stuff. Traction is fantastic, except when wet or icy.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

This trail is VERY difficult and dangerous. Do not ride alone, but do not bring along you family, your girlfriend, or anyone that you love who is not an advanced rider. Despite the fact that the trail is shown on the Discovery Channel for kids to drool over, it is extremely dangerous and parents should exercise extreme caution with children under 18 (or over) who want to ride here.

You could get them into serious trouble. The Slickrock Trail is very well marked with painted white lines like the middle of a highway, and there are yellow caution markers and black diamonds to warn you of deadly sections ahead. Be sure to watch for these warnings after you hit the main loop at mile 2.5. Hills on the trail are short, but grueling and very steep. If you let you momentum carry you it could get you into trouble on twisty sections with off-camber turns, but mostly it is momentum that will allow you to ride up the really steep stuff. Traction is fantastic, except when wet or icy.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 12.5
Elevation Gain: 1,707 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Season: Year-round but best spring & fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,575 feet
Top Elevation: 4,750 feet
Local Contacts: Sand Flats Team, Moab Bike Patrol, c / o BLM, 435-259-2196.
Local Maps: USGS Moab; Slickrock Bike Trail Map; Moab East Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Moab Slickrock Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/25/2010
0

Super trail, un excellent Challenge!! Pour cycliste expérimenté!! Attention à la chaleur


3/25/2009
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A totally different biking experience - monumental climbs and decents, if I could ride this trail a couple times a week my legs could do anything. Great trail - a must do for any moab trip. Even though it is popular and there are often lots of people on the trail - it is worth it. I recommend early morning as most of the moab crowd seems to start riding later in the day (at least in the spring)


9/7/2004
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4/28/2004
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If you haven't been to Moab before, the Slickrock trail is a great way to get an introduction to what riding slickrock is like. But don't let the famous status of this trail deter you from discovering other trails in the area, such as Porcupine Rim, Poison Spider Mesa, Flat Pass & the new Sovereign trail system. But still, the riding here is challenging and fun for anyone with good riding skills.


1/22/2003
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Go early, bring water. Loose sand - paddles would be nice. Very good place to hone your skills, so all these guys crying about how much they did not enjoy it are a bunch of posers or pretty boys; you are riding on rocks for cryin' out loud. You can see what the trail is going to be like before you get there, so no it is no surprise. The trail is aptly named. Pay attention on the traverses or your bike will fall out from under you. Some places are scenic, though it is lost while riding 'cause you have to pay attention to the trail. Don't give in to the temptation to keep up with the guy blowing past you down the mountain...you'll catch up to him in on the uphill side. Sandy spots - keep your pedals churning, and your tires straight. Not a pleasure trip. Good training ride or a place to really test your bike.



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