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Reviewed by: Fischman
I love Porcupine, but that doesn't mean I have a reason to avoid this trail. In fact, I'm likely to head back on future Moab runs. This trail has a fun bunch of variety packed into a compact area. Personally, I think this trail also has great flow. Sure, some of the abrupt turns and step ups make you slow down, but that doesn't mean they rob you of flow--it's just a different kind of flow, and a mighty fine one at that. The flow is much more like Moore Fun in Fruita, but without the dismounts required for mortal tachnical riders. The techy bits are tough enough to be fun and entertaining for a good rider, but not to difficult as to dissuade an intermediate. As I flowed in and out of a bunch of different obstacles, I was continually entertained. Maybe the appeal will diminish somewhat after repeated ridings once the obstacles are no longer the sort of sneak-up-on-you surprises that keep me on my toes. The only real drawback I found is the need to ride less interesting trails to get do Deadman's. This trail is a great addition to the Moab repertoire and well worth a stop for anybody seeking something new in the area.
Head south on EZ, which terminates at the start of Deadman's. Once you reach the end of Deadman's, you can extend your mileage by adding loops on any combination of the "Brands" trails or simply head back on Deadman's to enjoy the techy fun in the opposite direction.
Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you like this, you'll probably like the new Pipe Dream trail as well.