Porcupine Rim

Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area, Utah

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Porcupine Rim is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Grand County, Utah. It is within Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area. It is 14.1 miles long and begins at 5,842 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 28.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,460 feet. The Porcupine Rim and Porcupine Rim Trailhead Parking are near the trailhead. The Granstaff Campground camp site can be seen along the trail.
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Porcupine Rim is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Grand County, Utah. It is within Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area. It is 14.1 miles long and begins at 5,842 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 28.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,460 feet. The Porcupine Rim and Porcupine Rim Trailhead Parking are near the trailhead. The Granstaff Campground camp site can be seen along the trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area
Distance: 14.1
Elevation Gain: 5,460 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 5,842 feet
Top Elevation: 6,828 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Porcupine Rim
Parks: Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area
Elevation Min/Max: 3991/6828 ft
Elevation Start/End: 5842/5842 ft

Porcupine Rim Professional Reviews and Guides

"This route takes you to Moab’s high country, by local standards, and to an overlook of redrock monoliths poking up from Castle Valley. For millennia the formations Castle Rock and Priest and Nuns have preached a silent sermon to a congregation of canyons, mesas, and mountain peaks. You, too, will be enlightened by their desert oration from Porcupine Rim’s 1,000-foot altar. Riding conditions are bittersweet, and your upper body will receive a bigger workout than your legs.

The climb to Porcupine is a constant battle against sandstone ledges outcropping in the sandy doubletrack, and you’ll yank on your handlebars to lift your front wheel time and again. The rim road is more agitating than a paint-shaker and leaves you blurry eyed. And the famous Jackass Canyon singletrack descent is a true test of one’s handling savvy and capacity for high places; it’s blissful for some or a despairing walk for others. But when you factor in where you’ve been and where you’re going and the sights enjoyed along the way, Porcupine Rim truly is a world-class ride. Tread: 11.7 miles of sand, pebble, and broken slickrock doubletracks; 3.1 miles of dirt and ledgy singletrack."

"Next to the Slickrock Trail (Ride 1), this is perhaps the most notorious of Moab’s rides. The view from the rim is as breathtaking as the cigarettes whose ads use the same background.

It’s definitely an E-ticket ride to Moab’s original downhill romp. The ride has received mixed reviews; some find it too technical for their taste, but it induces perma-grin for those who like boulder boppin’ and ledge droppin’ along vertigo-inducing cliff sides."

"Incredible views of Castle Valley, featuring the La Sal Mountains, Castle Rock, and Priest and Nuns rock formation. A popular bike route. While there are no major obstacles, the trail is too tough for most stock vehicles. High ground clearance and skid plates recommended. Route-finding is easy."

Recent Trail Reviews

6/18/2010
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It's been 10 years since my last visit. The New extended version is a awesome improvement. Single Track in the Alpine's down into the canyons. They have added a bike friendly paved trail away from traffic to get you back to the city. It even has it's own tunnel under-pass to cross the highway. NICE - A MUST DO TRAIL IN AMERICA !


3/25/2009
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I loved this trail - take the shuttle to the top of Porcupine singletrack and ride all the way down to the colorado river. When you hit the notch you are still on the trail We were too early this year but next year I hope to ride the 30 mile Enchilada that hooks in higher elevation trails, part of the Kokopelli trail and the newly opened UPS All around must do for Moab


4/29/2004
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Most people take a shuttle to the trailhead from town (contact any local bike shop about shuttle schedules). Even taking out the significant distance and elevation to the trailhead, this is still a technically and physically challenging ride. But the effort is well worth it. The views at the top of the rim overlooking castle valley are phenominal. The descent down to the Colorado river is fantastic, but will challenge your bike handling ability. The road ride back into town is only a few miles, but not a great way to end the ride, so try to leave a car at the bottom to avoid this boring stretch back into town. Otherwise, be careful as the road is narrow and dangerous due to car and RV traffic.


10/1/2001
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The trail has a few technical areas that require a bit of expertise but the remainder of the ride has some excellent views and areas for high speed downhill riding.



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