Mountain Bike! Southern Utah
by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Sick! This trail is extreamly challenging, steep up and downs probably one of the top 5 trail to ride in your life hard, tiring, exerting, and push all your skills to the limit here!!!
We drove to Moab from VT and it was worth the 3 day trip! We took the first two days acclamating ourselves to Slickrock riding by only doing the practice loop.
There are a lot of steep climbs that may require a dismount (even going down put some fear into me on a few!) I was basically a beginner when we went, and I had no problems. I LOVED IT!!!
Double up on your camel baks and bring a cliff bar to nibble on along the way.
An extra tube would not hurt (we saw one person carry his bike on his back when we were an hour out.)
I can't wait to go back!
I rode this trail for the first time in February 2002, and then again in April, 2006. Both times on Slickrock I rode my Schwinn Mesa hardtail, and I LOVED the trail, both the practice loop and the real deal. I can't wait to get back with my Stumpjumper FSR to really be able to enjoy the many drops of this trail! It is singletrack? Of course not. Is it crowded? It can be. But is it worth the drive from Idaho? Absolutely! My first foray onto slickrock was on the real loop. The next morning I used the practice loop as a warmup before heading to Amasa Back, and even the practice loop is fantastic. The only thing that makes it a "practice" loop is that it is only a few miles, instead of 11-12. While much of the trail is on fairly easy rolling hills of slickrock, there are still many drops, hard climbs, sandy washouts, and fantastic scenery (especially during the right time of year when it's not too hot).
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