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    Porcupine Rim

    Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area, Utah
    Distance14.1mi
    Elevation Gain5,460ft
    Trailhead Elevation5,842ft
    Top6,828ft
    Elevation Min/Max3991/6828ft
    Elevation Start/End5842/5842ft

    Porcupine Rim

    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. This trail connects with the following: Lps.

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    Hill Country Village, TX
    Pathfinder | 177 pts
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    6/18/2010
    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 !
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    Incline Village, NV
    Adventurer | 368 pts
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    9/17/2009
    Hardest ride I've ever done... We tacked this ride on to the end of our Telluride to Moab hut to hut bike trip. I wasn't quite expecting the ascent at the beginning, but once we saw the views at the top, it made it all worth it... and then the real fun kicked in. The downhill that followed was by far one of the most fun rides I've ever done. Stair-like steps, some quite bigger than others, make it daunting at times, but the fear-factor just adds to the fun. When you get to the single track, the dynamic changes a bit - equally as technically challenging, yet at about 1/4 (possibly less) of the width of the beginning of the trail. Overall... amazingly fun and challenging... words just won't do justice.
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    sherwood park, AB
    Pathfinder | 100 pts
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    3/25/2009
    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
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    Arcadia Lakes, SC
    Adventurer | 330 pts
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    10/20/2006
    This could be the signature trail of the southwest. A don't miss. In Moab, be careful if the map says to be careful.
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    International, WA
    Trailblazer | 1485 pts
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    4/29/2004
    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.
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    Arvada, CO
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    10/1/2002
    This is the funnest trails in Moab. The views and trail are great with lots of diversity. There''s a spectacular view after a sweet moderate climb at the top where you can overlook Castle Valley. A friend of mine commented that it is one place where you can see two totaly different ecosystems right next to each other(desert and the snow capped La Sal mountains). After you grab a few snapshots and a snack comes a GREAT downhill! If you don''t like to use your brakes much like me, this is it. There''s a little bit of everything in this section - hard pack, loose, singletrack, doubletrack, jumps, bumps, and drops. For the not so "speed dependent" rider there are easier routs around the drops. Be sure to have your camera ready at end for some action shots, there is a perfect mound of dirt right at the end of the trail to catch plenty of air off of. From novice to expert this trail is sure to bring you back evrytime.
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    Whitehall, MT
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    3/22/2002
    This is my favorite Moab ride. It has it all plenty of challenge & great scenery. There's a bit of climb at first which still had some snow when we rode it recently then moderate riding along the rim with great views. Don't get too complacent as you fly down the road as there are some good drops along the way. The final section is the single track. It's hard to believe when you start it & look down to the Colorado below that you'll be able to get there at all. It's a fun ride though there are some spots where you'll have to carry your bike.
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    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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    10/1/2001
    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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    Orlando, FL
    Explorer | 52 pts
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    9/1/1999
    Initial climb is very taxing. View from rim is HUGE payoff!

    Take extra water!!!

    *A couple of my buddies ran out, and it became a little dangerous (dehydration = poor judgement).
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    Portland, OR
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    6/8/1998
    Bring lots of food, a camera, tons of water, and spare bike tubes/tools. Other than that, for the upward grind, brind your aerobic fitness, and for the second half (along the Rim) bring your guts, because if you're not used to that kind of exposure, you'll need it. After the end of the ride, you'll feel as if you've accomplished something for the day, though. If you're not used to this type of riding, I can see it as being an epic ride; if you're from this region, it could be standard(?) Kudos to YOU for trying it, though. I belive it's worth it.
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    Porcupine Rim Professional Guides

    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    David Crowell
    "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." Read more

    Trail Information

    Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area
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    Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area
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