Slickrock

Grand County, Utah

Distance7.1mi
Elevation Gain1,684ft
Trailhead Elevation4,621ft
Top4,801ft
Elevation Min/Max4442/4801ft
Elevation Start/End4621/4621ft

Slickrock

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. This trail connects with the following: Slickrock Practice Loop and Hell's Revenge 4x4 Trail.

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."

"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."

"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."

Slickrock Reviews

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4/12/2018
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11/19/2010
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3/17/2010
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!!!
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10/20/2006
It's as unique, challenging, and fun as everyone says. I walked some, fell some, but kept on riding.
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8/16/2006
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!
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4/22/2006
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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12/27/2005
Yes, the trail is extremely demanding, both technically and physically, but it was like nothing I've done before. The landscape is surreal, the adherence to the rock is incredible. It was fun and the views were very rewarding.
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4/28/2004
If you haven't been to Moab before, the Slickrock trail is a great way to get an introduction to what riding slickrock is like. But don't let the famous status of this trail deter you from discovering other trails in the area, such as Porcupine Rim, Poison Spider Mesa, Flat Pass & the new Sovereign trail system. But still, the riding here is challenging and fun for anyone with good riding skills.
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10/24/2003
I give it 4 stars, because it is like no other trail in the world. Yes, it lacks the single track appeal, however it makes up for it with visually awesome sights. Take the "Hard" way around the loop (see markings on trail), so you get more of a work out. Most take the easy way, but then you didn't come this far to take the easy way did ya? I'll be back !!!!!
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3/12/2003
This trail is known as one of the most famous mt. biking trails in the world. I was entirely disappointed with it. The view from the trail is spectacular (that is the only reason that it gets a star). the trail is too easy, the only reason it could be considered a more difficult trail is due to the margin of error. If you do mess up on this trail you pay with major road rash or a broken bone. Rocks are not very forgiving.
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Trail Information

Grand County
Nearby City
USGS Moab; Slickrock Trail Map (free with access fee)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018