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Slickrock Practice Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (53)

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


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Singletrack

4,652' 1,418 m

High

4,544' 1,385 m

Low

182' 55 m

Up

246' 75 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

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

Shared By:

Curtis Tripp with improvements by Moab Trail Mix

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  4.2 from 53 votes

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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
Typical Slickrock shot from Moab at sunset in November.
Nov 16, 2015 near Moab, UT
Mark and Ashley, owners of Western Spirit Cycling on the Slickrock trail in Moab, UT
Apr 26, 2017 near Moab, UT

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Jun 15, 2022
Alexandria Silkworth
Beginner mountain biker (mostly green-blues and two weeks into the sport). Tried this and it was tough! Walked about 30% of it, but it was worth it
May 5, 2022
Courtney Willemin
solo trip; this trail kicked my ass; I couldn't shift quickly enough for the steep gullies(?), had to walk tons; unique trail though
Apr 9, 2022
Ty Berry
Apr 8, 2022
Sevi von Salis
Apr 5, 2022
Private User
Oct 26, 2021
Benjamin Swank
Oct 7, 2021
Rusty Ware
Sep 8, 2021
Rene Roy
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