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Slickrock Practice Loop

 23 votes

1.6 Miles 2.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

182' 55 m

Ascent

-246' -75 m

Descent

4,652' 1,418 m

High

4,544' 1,385 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

All Clear

17 days agoUpdate

This short loop lets you test your skills before you go on to the real deal.

Curtis Tripp

Overview

Follow the blazes! Avoid vegetation, potholes, and biological soil crust. Only cross the sandy patches between slickrock along the designated trail.

Description

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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Nov 15, 2017
Aaron Glasenapp
Nov 13, 2017
Chris Furlong
Nov 4, 2017
Makenzie Mueller
Fun! Need more speed on the downhills in a low gear to get up bigger hills — 1h 00m
Oct 21, 2017
Evan Alter
did practice loop in both directions and a bit of the main route
Oct 20, 2017
Lacey Jo Cunningham
First mountain bike ride ever! Back tire popped off because the bike shop didn't tighten it! Once I got in my groove 30 mins in, it was a blast! 1.8mi
Aug 30, 2017
Corbin Dunn
May 2, 2017
willross Ross
Apr 30, 2017
Drew C

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