Slickrock is a hiking and biking trail in Grand County, Utah. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at 4,621 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,684 feet. The Slickrock and Slickrock Trail Parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Shrimp Rock attraction can be seen along the trail. There is also a cliff along the trail. The trail ends near the Portal Viewpoint.
Slickrock Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is the ride that made Moab. The mix of strenuous wall climbs and hair-raising dips, half-pipes, and ledge drops on unbelievably high-traction sandstone will make you a changed rider.
This is the Slickrock Trail. The promised land. The point to the pilgrimage. It is also crowded. Riding it during high season means waiting above the drops for a wave of riders to climb up, then descending with your own wave."
--David Crowell, Mountain Biking Moab Pocket Guide (Falcon Guides).
"For most people, the Slickrock Bike Trail needs no introduction. It’s the ride that made Moab the self-proclaimed center of the mountain-bike universe and may very well be the world’s most popular and visited trail. Its uniqueness stems from its peculiar riding medium—solid rock—more precisely Navajo Sandstone. The opportunity, and often necessity, to find seemingly impossible paths around or over the rock’s eroded features coupled with its steep frictional surfaces is a tribute to its legendary difficulty. Slickrock has played proving ground for bike and component manufacturers worldwide. The entire trail crosses an elevated platform of sandstone bound by cliffs on two sides cut by the Colorado River and its tributaries. There are many opportunities to peer into shadow-filled canyons or gaze at features of Arches National Park across the Colorado. The La Sal Mountains on the eastern skyline, with treeless 12,000-foot summits that collect snow from fall through spring, provide a surreal backdrop to any Slickrock photograph. Tread: Except for short sand traps, the entire route crosses barren, solid sandstone."
--Gregg Bromka, Mountain Biking Utah (Falcon Guides).
"Mountain bikers the world over talk in sometimes reverent (but more often raving) tones about the Slickrock Bike Trail—whether it’s about their experience riding it or their hopes of one day doing so. The distance—a measly 12.5 miles—belies the trail’s difficulty. Still, 15 years ago, when only a few hardy pioneers were attempting the raucous rock, no one could have guessed how extremely far the enve-lope of slickrock tricks would be pushed by the turn of the millennium. Today, literally hundreds complete the trail on a normal spring break weekday. You’ll see young girls and boys making moves you cannot believe, along with college co-eds, men and women of baby boomer vintage, whole families, and even the occasional dog (usually not on a bike, and typically very thirsty). General location: 4 miles east of Moab."
--Michael McCoy, Mountain Bike! Southern Utah (Menasha Ridge Press).
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