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Bartlett Wash Slickrock

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 354' 108 m
Descent: -202' -61 m
High: 4,993' 1,522 m
Low: 4,656' 1,419 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Map Key

A vast, freeform slickrock playground full of drops, bowls, chutes and half-pipes.

Curtis Tripp

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Stay on the slickrock! The BLM has opened this place up as a rare Free Ride Mountain Bike area, please don't ruin it by riding through potholes, over vegetation or across patches of biological soil crust.

Description

Follow the 4x4 track west up the wash for about a quarter mile until the mountain bike trail makes an obvious departure to the right, heading for what appears to be a wall of sandstone. This wall is in fact the start of the slickrock portion of the trail, though you'd be hard pressed to ride up it. For an easier route up, follow the wall to the right a few yards and find the bypass trail.

Once you're up on the sandstone, start making your way up and to the west, along the slickrock shoulder of the canyon wall. Dashes of white paint mark one possible path to the point where the trail crosses a sand dune. Follow the trail up and over the dune; you'll probably have to walk at least part of the way.

Beyond the sand crossing, follow the contour for another half mile until the slickrock expanse starts to open up a bit. You'll know it when you've reach the "playground" area at the western point of the mesa.

From here, it's all up to you. Explore around a bit and you'll find bowls, drops, wall rides, chutes and half-pipes...just pick your line and go for it. Be sure to scout them out first though, or it could have serious consequences.

Many riders will just play around here then head back the way they came, but if you want more slickrock terrain, you can keep going around the point. Following the slickrock terrace around the other side of the mesa, continue along the shoulder for another half mile before it pinches out and becomes unrideable. At that point you can either turn around and follow the slickrock back to the trailhead, or drop off the slickrock and down into the bottom of Hidden Canyon to loop back to your car along sandy 4 wheel drive roads.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

Contacts

Local Club: Moab Trail Mix

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office

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Feb 15, 2020
Dayna Robinson
Not a well marked trail. Lots of great sweet slick rock to cruz on. We did it with the boys (ages 5, 9, & 12), who all liked it. 5.8mi — 2h 00m
May 25, 2019
Jon Carvajal
so much fun! camping close by on blm
May 1, 2019
Daniel Hernandez
Oct 22, 2018
Aaron Mrotek
Sep 5, 2018
Steffen Hauschild
nice playground, markers are badly visible - so take the best rock and a gps-device
May 18, 2018
tyson dabney
Apr 29, 2018
Josh Hofmann
Apr 28, 2018
Daniel Hernandez

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  4.4 from 25 votes

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Photos

Shadows on slickrock in the evening light.
May 3, 2013 near Moab, UT
Following Kyle Mears down some crazy lines in the Bartlett Wash skatepark.
Dec 9, 2016 near Moab, UT
One day...
Jul 11, 2019 near Moab, UT
Following the slope out to the point. Cross-bedding in the sandstone creates some nice contours and shifts in traction.
May 3, 2013 near Moab, UT
Dropping some slickrock ledges.
Nov 14, 2017 near Moab, UT
Bartlett Wash
Oct 5, 2014 near Moab, UT

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