Moab Rim Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Moab, Utah. It is within Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 3,978 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,290 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there is a cliff.
Moab Rim Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"If you are not a skilled mountain biker do not attempt this ride. Be sure to take lots of water. This trail can be ridden from Moab, as a loop or as a shuttled trip, in either direction. It has a brutal climb at the head and an equally brutal downhill at the tail anyway you slice it. The ride up from the northern end on the massive rock slab to the rim is one of the most difficult climbs I know of. The southern end is so technical that you are going to be walking the bike. The northern end can be ridden in its entirety, if you are very fit and very skilled. Trail Surface: Extremely rugged 4WD trail and a very technical singletrack that is only suitable for hiking--portage or risk bone damage."
--Lee Bridgers, Mountain Biking Moab (Falcon Guides).
"Conveniently located at Moab’s back door, this trail offers a four-wheeling experience that you will talk about for a long time. It has always been busy with plenty of hikers and bikers. A new chair lift, now in operation, will increase traffic significantly. Keep your eyes open for wandering children and hiker wannabes. Use extreme caution and be courteous at all times. This trail wastes little time getting down to business. The first mile scares the wits out of most people. I’ve driven it many times and still get nervous. A long climb of tight, tippy, and extremely difficult ledges requires excellent driving skills and a very capable vehicle. Rollovers are not unusual."
--Charles A. Wells, Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks).
"Scenery steals the show—massive hunks of sandstone boil up through the desert while a dizzying view simulates a scenic flight over Moab. The difficult sections will have techies drooling while hopping up and diving down. Moab Rim can be ridden as a loop in either direction or as an out-and-back to avoid the long portage through Hidden Canyon. Linking this ride to Pipe Dream is a fun option.
It’s amazing that four-wheelers can drive this trail! It consists of slickrock, slickrock steps, and some sandy stretches. If ridden as a loop, the Hidden Valley portion that heads through a rockslide is rideable only by an elite handful; it’s a portage for the rest of us."
--David Crowell, Mountain Biking Moab Pocket Guide (Falcon Guides).
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