This is the world-famous Slickrock Trail near Moab, Utah. This 12.7 mile loop twists and rolls through Navajo sandstone to a breathtaking view over the Colorado River. The Slickrock Trail is rated high technical difficulty and high aerobic requirement. But many MANY “not-very-good” bikers ride this trail, with a few short hikes over the tough spots. The ride is 95% on smooth rock, with a few awesome sandy spots you burn into and then belatedly realize deep sand is kind of hard to bike through if you aren’t paying attention. There are some very short but steep climbs and decents that you might end up hiking, but it’s not a “pucker up” type of technical ride, because everything is wide open. It isn’t a trail you should start out mountain biking on, but you also aren’t hitting narrow chutes or tight twisty “singletrack,” so it is a bit more on the intermediate side. If you’re in the area, this is the type of trail that you have to do just to have done it. Is it the best trail in Moab? Probably not, but it’s fun, has some great vistas, and isn’t overly difficult. Just make sure you tighten your bike up before you ride, because the solid rock trail is pretty jarring, and you really don’t want anything falling off out there.
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