Geyser Pass to Taylor Flat Loop

Moab, Utah

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This very long mountain bike ride is a wonderful trek for the pannier crowd, presenting the well-prepared mountain bike tourist with any number of sweet camping options, especially on the "downside" of Geyser Pass. Aside from camping, the eastern slope of the La Sal Mountains offers much to mountain bikers with a wide range of skills and interests. The trees are big. The air is crisp and the forests are alive with wildlife. The road crosses national and state forests and private land. The farther down the mountain toward Taylor Flat, the more open and easy the riding and navigation becomes. Trail Surface: You will begin on gravel. Beyond the Gold Basin turnoff the trail becomes hardpack. From the top of Geyser Pass the rough and narrow road descends through alpine forest on bedrock, rock rubble, hardpack, sparse soft sand, and across rare muddy, rocky streams. Once down onto Taylor Flat Road the track becomes much wider. The surface from here is hardpack and is sometimes composed of powdery shale. This shale surface can become horrible mud when wet. Eventually Taylor Flat Road becomes gravel, then pavement. Most of La Sal Mountain Loop Road is paved.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

This very long mountain bike ride is a wonderful trek for the pannier crowd, presenting the well-prepared mountain bike tourist with any number of sweet camping options, especially on the "downside" of Geyser Pass. Aside from camping, the eastern slope of the La Sal Mountains offers much to mountain bikers with a wide range of skills and interests. The trees are big. The air is crisp and the forests are alive with wildlife. The road crosses national and state forests and private land.

The farther down the mountain toward Taylor Flat, the more open and easy the riding and navigation becomes. Trail Surface: You will begin on gravel. Beyond the Gold Basin turnoff the trail becomes hardpack. From the top of Geyser Pass the rough and narrow road descends through alpine forest on bedrock, rock rubble, hardpack, sparse soft sand, and across rare muddy, rocky streams. Once down onto Taylor Flat Road the track becomes much wider. The surface from here is hardpack and is sometimes composed of powdery shale. This shale surface can become horrible mud when wet. Eventually Taylor Flat Road becomes gravel, then pavement. Most of La Sal Mountain Loop Road is paved.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 49.4
Elevation Gain: 8,002 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 12-20 hours
Season: Year-round but best summer & early fall.
Trailhead Elevation: 8,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,700 feet
Local Contacts: Manti La Sal National Forest, 435-259-7155
Local Maps: USGS Mount Peale, Mount Waas, Dolores Point South, Mount Tukugnikivatz, and Warner Lake; Moab East Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Geyser Pass to Taylor Flat Loop

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