Onion Creek

Moab, Utah

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This is an easy to moderate 10-mile climb (20-mile round-trip) through Onion Creek Canyon, past the Stinking Spring and through the Narries of the Gyp Squeeze up to the Fisher Valley Ranch. Riding back down is the real treat, but be prepared to service all the bearings on your bike. I have found that if you buy some motorcycle pivot or boat grease, you can pack it around wheel and bottom bracket bearings and simply wipe it off after the ride. It is messy, but not as much of a headache as trashed bearings. The trail is shared with sparse four-wheeled traffic, but if you are lucky, or unlucky (depends on your perspective), you can end up behind a couple of hundred cattle being driven up to or down from the ranch above. Imagine the land mines. This ride is recommended for anyone who wants scenery on an easy negotiable trail. During summer months the salt creek is a real cooler.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

This is an easy to moderate 10-mile climb (20-mile round-trip) through Onion Creek Canyon, past the Stinking Spring and through the Narries of the Gyp Squeeze up to the Fisher Valley Ranch. Riding back down is the real treat, but be prepared to service all the bearings on your bike. I have found that if you buy some motorcycle pivot or boat grease, you can pack it around wheel and bottom bracket bearings and simply wipe it off after the ride. It is messy, but not as much of a headache as trashed bearings.

The trail is shared with sparse four-wheeled traffic, but if you are lucky, or unlucky (depends on your perspective), you can end up behind a couple of hundred cattle being driven up to or down from the ranch above. Imagine the land mines. This ride is recommended for anyone who wants scenery on an easy negotiable trail. During summer months the salt creek is a real cooler.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: 1,851 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2-6 hours
Season: Year-round but best summer, late spring, & early fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,250 feet
Top Elevation: 5,600 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, 435-259-2196
Local Maps: USGS Fisher Valley and Fisher Towers.
Driving Directions: Directions to Onion Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

6/7/2009
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This trail was by far the best one i have ever biked. The scenery is breathtaking, and its a fairly easy ride. the road is also compatatble for atvs and fourwheel drive, so riding it on the bike was trivial. I rode this with my dad and my brother. The thing is that it gradually increases on the way up, but there are so many ups and downs once you get your momentum going its a breeze. Every so often the creek intercepts with the path (around forty times there and back) so you get to ride your bike straight through the water. I had a blast and would recommend this trail to everyone.



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