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Slickrock Bike Trail

Average Rating:    (4.31 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 144

The Slickrock Bike Trail is often described as a "designer mountain bike trail". It is rolling, with a lot of technical and scarey terrain. If you love riding, have pretty good bike handling skills and enjoy a challenge, then this trail is unbelievably fun. NOTE: the trail type is slickrock! Picture a sand dune which has petrified.
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Latitude
38.58210681582937
Longitude
-109.51935768127441
Trail Directions
Head up Sandflats road. Follow the signs. If you can't find it - ask.
Trail Length
15 miles (but it seems longer)
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Moab
   


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Review Date
December 1, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: NashvilleBlur ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I was on my way to Lake Powell last July and stopped in Moab to ride the this trail. I would "STONGLY" recommend that you ride the practice loop before you start into the main loop. While the main loop didn't take me much longer than it would on a trail of similiar length in TN I could easily see this being a 3+ hour ride for a beginner. I will tell you my wife ate it on the practice loop because she was on my step mom's bike with a much steaper (71) head angle than she normally rides. She ended up calling it a day. I will tell you that bike with a less than < or = 69 degree head tube makes this trail much more fun. Do yourself a favor and if you aren't comfortable on the practice loop then you really should reconsider riding the main loop because the practice loop is easier. Ok. Enough to the Surgeon General's warning.

Now my take on the trail. If you are a good rider this place is heaven. I plan on going back for a week this spring. I loved it!!!!!!! Literally, if the trail has a dotted line on it you can climb it even if it seems like only Superman could. I ran into a guy from another country and he told me he had to do a lot of hike a bike. This is untrue. If you are climbing the slickrock and can't do it sitting then just stand and up you'll go. The coolest part is you don't spin out. Then for the descents, they are super fast, super steep and fantastic! I love the steeps because you are sitting on the rear wheel and the traction is from another world. The only thing I would caution is doing the 2-3 foot drops into the sandy sections. The LBS told me that if I pretzeled the wheel I was paying for it and the only time that happens is when bike riders drop off those drops. Needless to say I didn't feel like replacing a wheel. However, I did see someone actually replicate that right by the parking lot. Everything else I rode!

I don't care what single track you've ridden before you won't be prepared for this. Once you get used to it then you are you'll be finding everything you can to get air, climb descent, etc. Don't worry. You can deviate from the white dotted line and have killer fun!

Needless to say I can't go back and I'd give it 10 stars if I could.

Recommended Route:
PRACTICE LOOP FIRST, then Main Loop.



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Review Date
November 9, 2006

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: aword4you ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It's a lot more killer on the legs than one would imagine! Mostly due to standing on all of the slickrock climbs. Slickrock is amazing to climb/ride/descend on. It's a blast. The trail is a lot of fun, great scenery and good people watching (seeing others go up and down the slickrock). If you're a beginner, stick to the practice loop first. The trail itself does get more difficult, especially the further out you get. It's a lot of fun, though.

Recommended Route:
Follow the white jeeps in a loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Porcupine Rim, Poison Spider.



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Review Date
April 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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3.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: fullmerjace ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Unlike the other reviews I have briefly read, I find this trail to be everything I have expected. In my opinion, the best way to enjoy the trail is to play as you go. I like to explore a little bit and find hidden drops and other technical obstacles near the dotted line. I ride this trail on my cross country bike and my downhill. You can do this trail on a heavier bike, just plan on going slowing up hill but faster down! Let it be known that this can be a dangerous trail too. Sand stone hurts to land on. I was life-flighted by helicopter to Ogden, Utah while doing a drop on this trail seven years ago! After several thousand dollars and three surgeries I am back on the trail loving it. I also do this trail on my motorcycle and recommend it to any of those enthusiasts. On a motorcycle you can do the main loop in about 30 minutes. On bike, my best time is 1 hr and 45 minutes.

Recommended Route:
I love the practice loop. If you explore in that area, you will find many little drops and fast runs. This is where I go to play. Out on the main trail, I find the "hard" way to be more fun than the "easy" way. I also believe the hard way is easier..... Also I have done this trail in 110 heat. I do not recommend it. Morning hours are you friends.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
P. Rim



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Review Date
March 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: skibumz ,  Racer

Summary:
It is a super fun trail but it is definately not as hard as a lot of people have said. If you are in good shape it is really easy and the short climbs make it a slight bit harder.

Recommended Route:
follow the dots and don't bother with the practice loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White rim in a day



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Review Date
October 11, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: hippys_suck_2005 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is one sweet trail. You must be in great shape to ride it however or you will be doing a lot of hike-a-bike. It is alot of fun as it is basically just steep rolling slickrock hills that pose a great challenge and a lot of fun. Be careful on this trail though and pay attention to the symbols as there are places where it can get dangerous and you and/or your bike WILL take a beating if you aren't careful. As long as you are careful however I would recommend that anybody ride this, even if you are not the best biker just go out and try it and have fun. Also, make sure your bike has a good suspension. A full suspension is nice but make sure that your front shocks are stiff, mine aren't so much and it really took a lot of fun out of the day.

Recommended Route:
Just follow the white stripes and if it is warm out I would advise going in the morning as there is hardly any shade and the slickrock seems to just amplify the heat in my opinion.



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