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Klondike Bluff Outer Loop

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Rank: #10 in the Arches National Park area
#20 in Utah
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“Outstanding intermediate singletrack and a slickrock romp around Klondike Bluff.”
Nick Wilder on May 2, 2013
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14.322.9 milesKilometers 1,355’413 m Ascent 5,254’1,601 m High 3.6% Avg Grade
90% Singletrack -1,356’-413 m Descent 4,637’1,413 m Low 10.4% Max Grade
Overview
2:00 average ride time for 12.0 miles. Details

Fifteen miles of intermediate fun on dirt singletrack and slickrock! This loop combines the best intermediate trails for a great tour of the Klondike Bluff area. The slickrock can be bumpy, but much of the trail is fast and flowing singletrack, and there are very few sections that can't be ridden by competent intermediate riders.

Don't be fooled by the vertical profile: the climbs aren't very big, but they tend to be bumpy and much slower than you might expect.
Description
From the north Klondike Bluff parking lot, continue on the dirt road to a second parking lot and head up Mega Steps. Generally climb uphill at a low angle up a mix of slickrock bumps and dirt. It's not steep, but you'll go a lot slower than it seems like you should.

After a mile or so, you'll encounter an enormous swath of slickrock and some bumpy riding for a little while. Then a mix of dirt singletrack and short bits of rock take you to the top of the bluff. You now have a great overlook over the Salt Valley and Arches National Park beyond.

Ride relatively flat trail along the top of this plateau on much easier dirt singletrack with nice swoops until you intersect Baby Steps Loop 4x4. This section is very fast and fun, and despite being an old Jeep road, it's nice to open it up a bit after the slow-going bumpy section you just finished.

Take a right turn when you hit Little Salty, and fly down the smooth dirt wash. Keep an eye out for UFO on the left - it's easy to bomb by the turn.

UFO starts with some bouncy slickrock but soon switches to smooth, flowy dirt singletrack. Wind in and out of several canyons with some cool rock features. It's fast and quite easy in this section. Near the end, you'll hit slickrock again, but this time it's very smooth and fast. This is perhaps the most fun trail in the Klondike Bluff area.

Near the end of UFO, look for a trail marker high up on the hill and head towards it (perhaps walking your bike). If you go left, you will be on the Baby Steps Loop 4x4 and miss the singletrack.

You'll now be on Baby Steps Singletrack Loop 1 and in for another treat: the dirt sections flow fast through rock outcroppings and up and down small drainages. The climbs are short and not technical, but it does go up and down a lot. Many intermediates will walk their bike one short section, but this is tons of fun!

You'll be dumped back on Baby Steps Loop for a short section. Follow it until you get to a well-marked intersection for Baby Steps Singletrack Loop 2, and take a right. The southern of the two Baby Steps Singletrack is shorter and not quite as good as the other, but it's still a lot of fun. This one is all singletrack dirt with no slickrock, and it wiggles its way around small drainages and rock features. It's mellow and enjoyable intermediate riding.

You'll now be at Baby Steps South and it's time to cruise down this easy section of slickrock. Pass through the EKG section until you hit Dino-Flow.

Dino-Flow appears flat on the map, but that's decieving: it's constantly going up and down very small washes and rock ridges. There are just a few sections of slickrock, which tend to be knobby and a bit bumpy, but most of the trail is smooth dirt singletrack.

It's never very technical, and it's much faster and flowier than some of the neighboring trails, but it's not trivial either. There are many options to bail out and ride down to the very easy Copper Ridge 4x4 trail if you get tired.

Dino-Flow ends at the beginning of Mega Steps, where you turn left for a short hop back to your car.
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PHOTOS of Klondike Bluff Outer Loop
 5.0 from 2 votes
Nice blooms on May 2. (Moab, UT)
 4.3 from 3 votes
Amazing cactus bloom on May 2. (Moab, UT)
 4.0 from 3 votes
The UFO??? (Moab, UT)
 4.0 from 2 votes
This view doesn't get old (Moab, UT)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Starting up Mega Steps (Moab, UT)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Shoot the slot! (Moab, UT)
 4.0 from 2 votes
UFO swoop in and out and up and down several valleys (Moab, UT)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Wildflowers on May 3. (Moab, UT)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Starting up Baby Steps at intersection with Dino-Flow (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Wildflowers on Baby Steps (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Blooming wildflowers on May 2. (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Awesome riding on UFO (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Skirting around a huge swath of slickrock (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Easy slickrock down Baby Steps South (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Red dirt and great views! (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
More winding around UFO (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
The upper part of Little Salty is fast and easy (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Great singletrack and great views. (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Nice mix of dirt singletrack and slickrock on this section (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Under the rock (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Short descent amongst the moderate climb up Mega Steps (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Dino-Flow is definitely flowy. (Moab, UT)
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