Slickrock Practice Loop
ElevationAscent: 182' 55 m
Descent: -246' -75 m
High: 4,652' 1,418 m
Low: 4,544' 1,385 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“This short loop lets you test your skills before you go on to the real deal.”— Curtis Tripp
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
While dogs are allowed, they are not recommended as the sandstone surface tears away their paw pads. If you absolutely must bring them, bring extra water - make sure they leave the water in the potholes for the local wildlife.
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.