Slickrock Practice Loop

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  4.2 from 9 votes
blue  Intermediate from 3 votes
Rank: #8 in the Moab area
#64 in UT, #2,081 Overall
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Trail in the area near Moab,
“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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1.62.5 milesKilometers 182’55 m Ascent 4,652’1,418 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -246’-75 m Descent 4,544’1,385 m Low 9% Max Grade (5°)
Follow the blazes! Avoid vegetation, potholes, and biological soil crust. Only cross the sandy patches between slickrock along the designated trail.
2:30 average time for 11.9 miles. Details

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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  4.0 from 3 votes
Practice ride with La Sal mountain in the background. (Moab, UT)
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Typical Slickrock shot from Moab at sunset in November. (Moab, UT)
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