This ride is 26.5 miles long, with 7000 vertical feet of downhill. It's an unforgettable epic experience, but is only for very strong, skilled, and adventuresome riders. It peaks at 11,200 feet in the La Sal Mountains and drops to the Colorado River. Climbing will total about 2000 feet. Season: Mid July through September.
Burro Pass to Warner Lake Camp Ground, to Hazard County, to the Kokopelli Section (with connection to UPS, which is officially closed), to Procupine Rim or Sand Flats.
Take use of a local shuttle service, cause if you do all of this trail, you probably won't want to drive all the way back up to get your car.
Summary: I don't know about you, but I was a little intimidated looking at this ride for the first time. It's a long rough ride in the mountains. rail reviews indicate that it's double black diamond expert only. Local shops will tell you what's expert in your area is moderate around here. I've even got a little fear of heights and I had images of me walking my bike pressed against a cliff wall with a sheer drop just inches away.
Well, for some perspective, I'm a 43 year old intermediate rider from Austin. We've got a lot of nice chunky singletrack, so I consider myself skilled enough to handle most intermediate chunk. I rode my Gary Fisher HiFi 29er with 4" of travel front and rear.
My ride was early October. The mountain had a bit of snow and ice up top so we had to skip Burro Pass and start at Hazard. To make a long story short, The Whole Enchilada is a whole lot of fun, but it is not some double black diamond expert only trail. It's a whole lot of rough intermediate riding. A little extra travel would have been nice but I saw a number of people riding hardtails. There are a few spots you could get hurt on, but there are always intermediate options or you can just walk.
There are some wonderful clifftop views and the trail approaches the edge but it was never harrowing. There were a few occasions where my periferal vision of the valley far below made the small rock I was rolling over seem steeper, but I was never frozen in fear grabbing my brakes.
All in all, it was a great ride I think most avid riders would enjoy. It is out in the middle of nowhere, so be prepared with food, water, etc. The trail is well marked but make sure you have a map. Read up and consider all precautions. If all you ride is relatively smooth, flowy trails, then you might reconsider. This is a whole lot of intermediate chunk, but very ridable.
Recommended Route: Hazard all the way down. It's well marked but bring a map.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Sovereign, Asama Back, Slick Rock, Mag 7
Summary: Probably the best trail in Moab. You get to do Porcupine rim without all the climbing. Not as hard technically as others say it is. There are certainly a few sketchy places, like the notch. But that is very short and easily walked. It is very long, but mostly downhill so it goes quickly. I go to Moab probably 2 or 3 times a year, and this is by far my favorite trail. I think this trail would be too much for a 3 or 4 inch travel xc bike. A nice all mountain bike or downhill bike would be best. The only problem is there is some uphill and a 4 or 5 mile ride back to town and your car, so all mountain is probably best. I take my downhill bike and suffer through the climbing, because the downhill is so fun when you can really push it.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Porcupine rim, Amassa back, Poison spider.
Summary: Rode this 2 weeks ago. Weather was perfect; short sleeves all the way. Surprisingly we only encountered about a dozen other riders all the way down. I rode from Kokopelli back in April and it was packed. Dropped off at Geyser Pass, up Burro, to Hazard, to Kokopelli, to UPS, to Porcupine Rim. Rode back to town from the bottom at the Colorado River. We had this at close to 37 miles total. Did the smartest thing I ever did in my life: bought a spare deraileur hanger about 10 mins before shuttle departure for $15. Snapped hanger and cable about 3 miles in. Was able to get the rear to stay in 7 so I had 3 gears. There are great parts and not so great parts to this ride but all together an epic. Must do once in your life. Wanted to throw up at the end.
Recommended Route: Down
Other recommended trails in the same area: Amasaback to Jackson. Sovereign. Slickrock.
Summary: Epic Moab ride. 2000 Ft of climbing over 26 miles, 7000 Ft of descending. We used Moab Cycle for the shuttle, $20 each for our group of 6, plus tip. We were dropped off at Geyser Pass, and climbed to the top of Burro, some hiking, to steepness and loose gravel, not bad though. Descending the back side was steep and icy last weekend, but after about 300 ft the ice was gone.
The other post is right on about the route, FYI the "notch" on LPS is sick, we watched the Super D and an elite woman rode it while we all walked and slipped down.
Recommended Route: Mileage is about 34 if you ride back to town from negro bill canyon.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Bartlet, Sovereign.
Summary: We used a shuttle and was dropped off at the top of Geyser Pass, then we rode 1.1 miles to the Burro Pass Trail head, then .9 miles to the top of the Pass. From there, pucker up and make sure the brakes work. There are steep and loose sections, tight switchbacks, rocks, roots, stream crossings, log jumps, and this is just the first section. We did this mid July (stupid stupid stupid), but had plenty of supplies for the journey. Some of the most amazing views and singletrack that I have ever seen and been on. Take the time and do this route.