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Flat Pass aka Steelbender

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

Great loop from town, has a bit of everything. Gradual road warm up, dirt road climb to Flat Pass and then the fun begins. 8-10 miles of slick rock/ledges and some single track, sand, stream crossings, petroglyphs or however it's spelled, killer views of La Sals. Not as crowded as p-pine, but popular with jeeps. I've seen people ride it clockwise, looks fun too. This ride was more fun on my dualie than last year on my aluminum hard tail.
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Latitude
38.51969800337459
Longitude
-109.47807312011719
Trail Directions
loop from town (Moab). Head South out of town and fine Spanish Valley Dr, head up about 6 miles and take a left at Kens Lake (not marked, but you'll see the fireroad heading up the canyon in the distance as you approach the turnoff). Pretty well marked/obvious route but get a map. After climb out to road, all dowhnill back to town 6 miles or so through outlying neighborhoods.
Trail Length
20+miles or so loop from town
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Moab
   


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Review Date
July 6, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sungibungi ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I decided to do this trail at the last minute in the afternoon. My friend who wasn't riding that day dropped me off at the Ken lake and I rode up the gradual up hill and dropped into the backcountry.

Steelbender and Flat Pass shares the same trails for the majority of the ride so don't get confused when it splits off. I wasn't keeping track but around the 8 mile mark, it splits off. Going right ( or straight more like) is steelbender and that's all sandy stuff. No good. If you take a big left, you in fact find a huge "NO" sign on the rock. Don't be hazed. It's for jeepers. Continue on and you'll soon start seeing bike tire tracks again. (I took the wrong route meaning I went straight because the sign had fallen down and so I lost about an hour and then the sun set on me. So technically speaking, it was a miserable experience walking out my bike through sand...but it's good for story telling anyhow...)

I do agree that at the end of the ride, there is too much sand.

However, I do believe that the majority of the ride is well worth it. Some technical stuff and you can build up a hefty amount of speed on some of the middle sections doing the single/doubletrack stuff. I'd do it again in a heart beat. I did this as a second ride of the day after doing Amasa Back in the morning and it was fine. Tiring, but very doable. Tons of fun.

Recommended Route:
Part near the shell gas station, do a road ride to ken lake and then you'll find yourself coming through the golf course and back to the gas station. If you did everything right that is. Except for the 8 mile make where steelbender and flat pass splits, it's a pretty straight forward trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All classics. I don't think I found any ride in Moab to be not fun.



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Review Date
June 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Byron231 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this trail right after a rain storm a week after the Exterra tri. and me and the group I was riding in all agreed that this is a moab classic, and not even the girls thought it was too tough. I can see why people compare it to porqupine, but this is no porque, the climb's not as hard, the descent not as technical, and no where near as scary. That's what makes this trail so fun you can just flat fly, and take 2 to 4 foot ledges all day long, without worring about flying off a cliff. But you know what, if your a leg shaving triathlete who only likes groomed single track you can take your road bike on then why even come to moab? Because all the classic trails are a lttle more technical than Flat Pass. In all fairness we rode this trail right after a storm so we barly noticed the sand, and we never came close to walking our bikes threw it, so if this trail is normally really sandy, then if it ever rains in Moab while your down here make sure you hit this trail.

Recommended Route:
start at kens lake and do the loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
the classics



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Review Date
November 5, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Kevin ,  Cross Country Rider , from Broomfield, CO, USA

Summary:
I tried this trail for some variety while passing through Moab. It provides a good sampling of Moab terrain without really offering the best of any of it. Outstanding scenery, a few interesting rock ledges to negotiate, and some nice desert creek crossings. The "climb" was suprisingly easy aerobically. I saw a lot of people shuttling this ride - come on people it's a really easy ride back to the car, suck it up.

The last part of the trail was kind of miserable with a deadly combination of stream crossings and sand pits. I'd load up that chain with lube before the ride, mine got so grimy it started getting caught up.

If it's your first trip to Moab, skip this one and go for the classics. It's good for variety if you're looking for something new though. I give it three stars, but it would probably get 4 for if it were anywhere else but Moab.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Moab classics, you know what they are.



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Review Date
June 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Steve , from Boulder

Summary:
I'm with Jimm on this one. The somewhat technical uphill is kind of fun, but with no reward. The descent is either incredibly sandy, or littered with river rocks - no good lines. Sure, it'd probably be appreciated if you had never ridden any of the other Moab trails, but there are so many better trails in the area - why waste your time. Oh, and it's a hell of grind for your bike. The sand/water mix just doesn't treat the components that well.

Recommended Route:
Head up hill from Ken's Lake which is a few miles south of town.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Amassa Back, Porcupine Rim, Gemeni Bridges, Bartlett Wash, and of course, Slick Rock, if you don't mind waiting for the posers to get out of your way.



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Review Date
June 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jimm , from SoCal

Summary:
If it's hot, avoid this ride; if you're looking for a reward for your hard work (ie: fun downhill for a tough climb), avoid this ride. If you want a workout, give it a try; if you enjoy killer views, give it a try. This is my least fav ride in the Moab area. The route has been big time rutted by 4x4's; several sections are VERY sandy. The creek crossings are short, shallow, easy and refreshing! It's alot of work for not much payoff. The biggest plus: VIEWS/VISTAS (awesome!!!). The fun/technical riding is short and IMHO, not worth the effort.

Recommended Route:
SHUTTLE or have someone drop you at Ken's Lake.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Porcupine Rim!!; Amassa Back!



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