Mountain Bike! Southern Utah
by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)
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This is a fantastic ride. The jeep road that leads to the mesa is fun and challenging at times. The mesa at the top includes some really fun slickrock sections. You can do this ride as an out and back or as a loop by desending the Portal Trail. Much of the Portal Trail is not ridable, so I highly recommend doing this as an out and back. Use the rim as your turn around point, if if you want to get a sense of what the Portal Trail is like, ride the first half mile or so, then turn around and ride back the same way you came.
The start of this out & back (I'm not a good enough rider to even think about taking the Portal section back to Moab) is always a killer - up & up & up with some sand mixed in. I've always seen a fair amount of jeep traffic on this trail & enjoy watching them negotiate some of the drops. Once you get out on top though there are wonderful views & lots of slickrock to play on. And of course the ride back is downhill!
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