Geyser Pass to Dark Canyon Lake

Moab, Utah

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Dealing with the shuttle smoothly is the key to this ride. Weather is the second ingredient that has to mix correctly. If it rains, forget it. The start of the ride is up a graded, well-maintained gravel road that gradually lifts you from scrub oak to alpine forests. If you love to climb with strength and descend with speed and control, then you'll love this ride, as you zip down the southeastern slope at the base of the majestic Mount Mellentin and awesome Mount Peale. This is for any intermediate rider looking for a great workout on a scenic road without a lot of technical challenge, other than speed on embedded, bumpy, and loose rock. Trail Surface: Doubletrack dirt roads, partially grated. Gravel, hardpack, embedded rock, loose rock, and some soft sand. Impassable when wet.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

Dealing with the shuttle smoothly is the key to this ride. Weather is the second ingredient that has to mix correctly. If it rains, forget it. The start of the ride is up a graded, well-maintained gravel road that gradually lifts you from scrub oak to alpine forests. If you love to climb with strength and descend with speed and control, then you'll love this ride, as you zip down the southeastern slope at the base of the majestic Mount Mellentin and awesome Mount Peale.

This is for any intermediate rider looking for a great workout on a scenic road without a lot of technical challenge, other than speed on embedded, bumpy, and loose rock. Trail Surface: Doubletrack dirt roads, partially grated. Gravel, hardpack, embedded rock, loose rock, and some soft sand. Impassable when wet.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 17.8
Elevation Gain: 4,318 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3-8 hours
Season: The road is usually free of snow from mid June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,900 feet
Local Contacts: Manti La Sal National Forest, 435-259-7155
Local Maps: USGS Tukugnikivatz and Mount Peale; Moab East Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map; US Forest Service Manti La Sal Forest map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Geyser Pass to Dark Canyon Lake

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