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Baby Steps

Average Rating:    (3.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

16.5 miles

A tight, twisty singletrack, ideal for strong intermediate riders. This ride is too new to show up in guidebooks. So take Out There with you, or ask at the bike shops in Moab. Since the trail is still faint, a map and compass might be a good idea.

To get there: Drive 17.5 miles north of Moab on U.S. Highway 191. Turn right on Klondike Bluffs Road. Drive three miles to trailhead.

The ride: Start by heading north on a sandy doubletrack. Take a left at a sign for Baby Steps and ride .75 mile to a marked right turn. Start climbing bumpy slickrock.

At 2.7 miles from the trailhead, take a right onto a clear singletrack loop. The next half-mile is the most technical section of trail, with a few steep descents and rocky ridges.

At 3.5 miles, the trail hits a doubletrack along a fin of creamy sandstone. Turn left. At the top of a hill, turn left onto another marked loop of singletrack; 1.5 bumpy miles later it reconnects with the doubletrack. Turn left, climb a mile to a fork, and turn left.

Climb a short, steep section to a ridge and descend a loose, rocky road to a wide valley. Take a left, paralleling the ridge on a doubletrack.

At a T intersection, go left and climb over the ridge again, then descend and follow the road as it winds back up to the ridge. Sigh in frustration.

Finally, on the ridge, turn left on a wellmarked singletrack that descends the slickrock to the valley floor. Where the trail hits a dirt road, turn left and return 3.5 miles to the trailhead.
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Latitude
38.7564928660758
Longitude
-109.70312118530273
Trail Length
16.5
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Moab
Web Address
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 21, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtnbikertaz ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Noticed when researching this trail there had not been a review in awhile. There are some new trails out there. Dyno and EKG and UFO. All marked with different color paint. There are maps at nearly every intersection...lots of fun everywhere you go. Tons of people and cars in the southern trail head parking lot but everyone got spread nicely once on trails. Great "on the way out of town" ride. The directions below to trail head are good and easy to follow.

Recommended Route:
Any and all. We hit Dyno to baby steps to mega steps to ekg then little salty to ufo back around to baby steps to ekg back to dyno and out. :). That was around 20 miles and 2000 vert total for the day.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sovereign but motos are allowed on that one too. No motos allowed on Baby steps area.



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Review Date
October 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: drlg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode up Baby Steps and came down Klondike Bluffs. The Baby Steps singletrack sections were fun. Got my hopes up at the very start of the singletrack because there was some decent technical, rock features, but after that, the technicality dropped off. Overall, it was still pretty fun. Nice views at the top.



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Review Date
April 26, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: scoosba ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We rode Porcupine the day before and wanted to try something new. The first 2/3 of the trail was jeep roads mingled with single track. We found the sign-age was great. Every time we were unsure of where to go there was a sign. Sections of loose dirt but overall entertaining enough that I was thinking I might take my wife on it, and give it 3 stars. Then we got to the downhill single track. It was fast, well marked, and just plain fun. While only about 2 miles long, it might be one of the funnest sections of single track I have ridden. That bumped it up to a 4 star. If you are looking for a new ride in Moab it's definitely worth your time.

Recommended Route:
Make sure you don't accidentally skip the single track downhill by getting on the Klondike Bluffs trail.



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Review Date
December 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rudyplus08 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail in March of 2007 and had a blast. It is not very technical so you can just cruise right on up to the top. The ride up does get a little tedious because there isn't much variation but it is well worth it once you get to the top.

At the top you can leave your bike and walk about a half mile to a spot overlooking Arches National Park. The view alone is worth the ride.

The ride down is very fast since and a lot of fun. Overall, I would recommend this as a good trail to do if you get into town late and want to do a warm up before tackling the numerous other trails around Moab.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Amasa Back and Slickrock



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Review Date
October 13, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: illcomm33 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We made a special trip to Moab to ride this trail in May. 20 years in the making right!? Do yourself a favor and skip this ride. The riders in our group came up with this top 10 list as we rode the trail. The list was about the only thing we could do to have a tolerable time. Very disappointed with this ride.

Babysteps Top 10 list:

1. Well marked trails - make sure you bring a GPS and a flask to minimize frustration.
2. Long meaningless jeep trail climbs with even more less meaningful
descents.
3. You will want to be ahead of your group to minimize the amount of
dust enhalation.
4. Trail gives you the opportunity to see how those new glasses deflect
dust from your eyes.
5. Single track (what little you find) leaves you with a sense of
wanting more.
6. After a long ride, do not be surprised if you ask yourself, "Why?"
7. If you do it twice, you probably dig self mutilation.
8. If you must do the ride, do it first. This make everything else
that much better.
9. A trail you hopefully will never forget. So, you never mistakenly
recommend it.
10. A great opportunity to try out your extra dry chain lube!

If you ride it...don't blame us. We gave the aerobic level a 3...because drudging through sandbeds really is tiring....

Recommended Route:
To get there: Drive 17.5 miles north of Moab on U.S. Highway 191. Turn right on Klondike Bluffs Road. Drive three miles to trailhead.

The ride: Start by heading north on a sandy doubletrack. Take a left at a sign for Baby Steps and ride .75 mile to a marked right turn. Start climbing bumpy slickrock.

At 2.7 miles from the trailhead, take a right onto a clear singletrack loop. The next half-mile is the most technical section of trail, with a few steep descents and rocky ridges.

At 3.5 miles, the trail hits a doubletrack along a fin of creamy sandstone. Turn left. At the top of a hill, turn left onto another marked loop of singletrack; 1.5 bumpy miles later it reconnects with the doubletrack. Turn left, climb a mile to a fork, and turn left.

Climb a short, steep section to a ridge and descend a loose, rocky road to a wide valley. Take a left, paralleling the ridge on a doubletrack.

At a T intersection, go left and climb over the ridge again, then descend and follow the road as it winds back up to the ridge. Sigh in frustration.

Finally, on the ridge, turn left on a wellmarked singletrack that descends the slickrock to the valley floor. Where the trail hits a dirt road, turn left and return 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anything but Baby steps



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