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Slickrock Practice Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.6 mile 2.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 182' 55 m
Descent: -246' -75 m
High: 4,652' 1,418 m
Low: 4,544' 1,385 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

Dogs

Leashed
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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

Features -none-

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

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.

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.

Contacts

Local Club: Moab Trail Mix

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office

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Apr 6, 2020
Carla Von Holtum
walked a few spots, let's try not to a 2nd time!! kinda scary in parts 3.5mi
Nov 2, 2019
Matt Roy
Definitely not for beginners. Tracking lines difficult in morning sun with shadows. Walked many inclines. Almost went over front of bars on one decent
Sep 28, 2019
Paul Richard
Sep 22, 2019
Joel Maier
Pretty fun felt that it wa sleds flows than the main loop
Sep 4, 2019
Andrew Kuiken
2.4mi
May 25, 2019
Saxton Hansen
I'm phat. — 9h 30m
May 23, 2019
Don Childrey
1.6mi
May 23, 2019
Duke Matt Norton

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  4.2 from 38 votes

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#30

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#175

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Photos

Slickrock Trail is beautiful in the evening...
Oct 21, 2015 near Moab, UT
Heading north on Slickrock at sunset on another incredible evening in Moab.
Nov 16, 2015 near Moab, UT
Views of Arches NP and Colorado River.
Mar 17, 2016 near Moab, UT
Practice ride with La Sal mountain in the background.
Mar 17, 2016 near Moab, UT
Mark and Ashley, owners of Western Spirit Cycling on the Slickrock trail in Moab, UT
Apr 26, 2017 near Moab, UT
Typical Slickrock shot from Moab at sunset in November.
Nov 16, 2015 near Moab, UT

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