Steel Bender

Moab, Utah

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An extremely popular biking trail most often ridden starting from Ken’s Lake. Consequently, I find it easier to drive starting from Moab. This minimizes the leap-frogging effect that often occurs when bikers alternate climbs and descents. When bikers approach, pull over and let them pass. A very scenic trail through the Mill Creek drainage area. Because of water quality issues, camping is only permitted at designated sites around Ken’s Lake. No camping is allowed along the trail. Many rock challenges and four stream crossings (usually shallow). Differential lockers are highly recommended. Under wet conditions, the shelf road at the north end of the trail becomes extremely slick and dangerous. Under worst-case conditions, it may be impassable. Although there are many spur roads, the main trail is obvious most of the way. In addition, the trail is well marked for bikers.
Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

An extremely popular biking trail most often ridden starting from Ken’s Lake. Consequently, I find it easier to drive starting from Moab. This minimizes the leap-frogging effect that often occurs when bikers alternate climbs and descents. When bikers approach, pull over and let them pass. A very scenic trail through the Mill Creek drainage area. Because of water quality issues, camping is only permitted at designated sites around Ken’s Lake.

No camping is allowed along the trail. Many rock challenges and four stream crossings (usually shallow). Differential lockers are highly recommended. Under wet conditions, the shelf road at the north end of the trail becomes extremely slick and dangerous. Under worst-case conditions, it may be impassable. Although there are many spur roads, the main trail is obvious most of the way. In addition, the trail is well marked for bikers.

©  Charles A. Wells/FunTreks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 10.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Maps: USGS Rill Creek, Kane Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Steel Bender

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