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Notch

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An alternative, much harder section around the big drop on LPS.


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Map Key

0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

Singletrack

7,235' 2,205 m

High

7,106' 2,166 m

Low

52' 16 m

Up

128' 39 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

This is primarily a downhill trail.

Description

While the big drop on LPS is intimidating, it is nothing compared to the Notch.

The Notch trail continues straight where LPS dives down into a ledgy right-hand switchback. This section of trail above the Notch is significantly harder and more technical than the main LPS option, partly because of the odd rock in this area, and partly because it is ridden less and consequently has fewer eager riders chipping away the obstacles to "improve" the trail.

Soon, the trail drops through a white sandstone rock band via what is likely the hardest single feature to be found anywhere on Porcupine Rim: the Notch. This steep, sandy, narrow drop is complicated by a big ledge at the bottom, and an immediate tight right turn. There used to be a dead tree here, to protect you going over the edge and give you something to bounce off, but it tipped over last year.

After this drop, the trail then eases and contours left around the top of a drainage to reconnect with LPS in roughly half a mile.

Contacts

Local Club: Moab Trail Mix

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

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  3.2 from 9 votes

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#562

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Switch backs on Porcupine Rim. The corners are really tight and require a bit of trials skills to get your bike around them.
Apr 24, 2016 near Moab, UT
Big switchback and rock drop to get to lower rim on LPS
Apr 29, 2013 near Moab, UT
Porcupine Rim
Dec 2, 2014 near Moab, UT
Tight Squeeze
Oct 3, 2013 near Moab, UT
This is a pretty gnarly staircase to switchback on Porcupine Rim.
Jun 8, 2017 near Moab, UT
Kim pretends to ride the bottom of the gnarly Notch.
Dec 15, 2013 near Moab, UT

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