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    Moab, Utah

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    Bothell, WA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    7/23/2005
    Welcome to Moab, beyond the magazine photographers and glitz of commercialized mountain biking glory. Welcome to real adventure, challenge and the way mountain biking should be, the kind of in-your-face riding you think of when you hear the almost reverent utterance, "Moab."
    Drive north out of Moab; away from civilization and any usable refuge from the laser-hot sun in the peak of the Utah desert's summers and find this bumpy, 4-5 mile road through sandy wasteland. Here someone has actually gone through the trouble of posting signs directing you to THE COOLEST slickrock riding I have seen, out in the middle of heat-stroke-induced-coma central. If you dont ride in, have fun with your rig on the rollercoaster ride to the parking lot, a few hundred feet from the first "Stairway to Slickrock Heaven."
    I both rode and drove in and, personally, it was so hot out there that the drive allowed me to reserve some energy to enjoy playing on the rocks longer. That said, I enjoy the challenge of riding through 120 degree direct sunlight with sketchy directions and not much water, so either way could be a winner depending on your personality and need for flirting with doom.
    The Bartletts slickrock area speaks for itself. Get there and find out, my words wont do it justice. The rocks extend for as far as you want to ride, and there are a zillion levels of difficulty and gymnastics available.
    One word of advice that NO ONE had given me: on the way back out to your car watch out for the water that is trickling across the bottom of the trail you rode in on. As the afternoon bakes on, the Mud-Dauber Wasps (mean and nasty stingers) are out by the thousands along this pool and when you go blazing through there like a semi-truck a few of these winged terrors grow somewhat uncomfortable and pissed-off by getting trapped inside your clothing. They sting like crazy as you fall off your bike and flail like a little girl.

    But its so worth it.
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    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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    10/19/2000
    One of a kind playground for mountain bikers! The trail is 4 miles total round trip in and out, but we've managed to do 11 miles of fun messing around! It's like a skate board rink for mountain bikers. It's a little tough to find because it's still a secret of Moab. But once you find it, you'll want to keep it a secret also!
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    Trail Information

    Moab
    Nearby City
    6.2
    Distance
    Loop/Lollipop
    Trail Type
    Moderate to Difficult
    Technical Difficulty
    Moderate
    Physical Difficulty
    2.9 miles on slickrock; 3.3 miles on fourwheel-drive road. This is primo rock candy! When ridden as a loop, count on some extremely sandy four-wheel-drive road. The amount of bikeable slickrock is limited only by the imagination and cliffs. The access road becomes gooey when wet, making access a four-wheel-drive affair.
    Terrain
    1 hour
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    USGS Jug Rock
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