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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: #19 in Moab
#42 in Utah
#996 Overall
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“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 Singletrack Type 208’ Ascent -272’ Descent 4,544’ Low 4,655’ High
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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