Slickrock Bike Trail

Moab, Utah 84532

Slickrock Bike Trail

Slickrock Bike Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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 Bike Trail 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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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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5/18/2002
Beginners please stay home!! You will ruin it for the real bikers who come from all over the USA to ride what is widely known as th most famous trail in the world. Slickrock is famous and for good reason. Coming from the Northeast (Long Island) I was worried about riding on the 'slickrock' and the altitude. The tires grip amazingly to the surface (keep your rear in the saddle). Lots of climbs and descents make the experience all the more enjoyable. Do the practice loop if you are a first timer. Enjoy!!
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Trail Information

Moab
Nearby City
12.5
Distance
2,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Difficult
Physical Difficulty
March through mid-May; September through November
Season
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Jul 2018