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Slickrock Practice Loop

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 4.2 from 6 votes
  Intermediate from 2 votes
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Rank: #27 in the Moab area
#49 in Utah
#1,211 Overall
Trail near Moab,  area, 
“This short loop lets you test your skills before you go on to the real deal.”
Curtis Tripp on Mar 7, 2013
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1.6 Miles 208’ Ascent 4,655’ High 5.1% Avg Grade
Singletrack Type -272’ Descent 4,544’ Low 6.6% Max Grade
Restrictions
Follow the blazes! Avoid vegetation, potholes, and biological soil crust. Only cross the sandy patches between slickrock along the designated trail.
Description
This trail makes a good introduction to the type of terrain you'll find on the main loop, but at a more moderate level for those who want to ease into it. Still, it presents some significant obstacles and should not be taken lightly. True beginners probably won't enjoy a ride here.

Just a quarter mile into the main Slickrock Trail, fork right at the painted junction to start the Practice Loop. Follow the white dashes along a series of sandstone domes, followed by a quick descent toward the Echo Canyon viewpoint. It's worth getting off your bike and hiking to the edge of the cliffs for a closer look at this box canyon.

Continue along the dashed line as it winds up and over more low fins and across sandy washes back towards the main trail, with a number of short but steep climbs and drops. You'll rejoin the Slickrock Trail around the 3/4 mile mark. If you're up for 10 more miles of slickrock, turn right for the full loop. If not, turn left for a quick return to the trailhead.
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