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9.9 mile 15.9 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,295' 395 m
Descent: -1,098' -335 m
High: 4,851' 1,479 m
Low: 4,383' 1,336 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)


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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

Slickrock and singletrack fun connecting Willow Springs Road with Cedar Mountain.

Leslie Kehmeier

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Sovereign is the main artery trail of the Sovereign Trail System. It runs from Willow Springs Road to the southern edge of Cedar Mountain.

The slickrock and singletrack fun begins at a junction with Pipeline coming from Willow Springs Road. You'll pedal your way over numerous fields of slickrock and coast through several sections of flowy singletrack. There's climbing, descending and flat riding along the way.

From the start of Sovereign to the first intersection with Salt Wash the trail climbs gradually, navigating a series of rock step-ups. Slow speed balance and pedaling strength are key here.

From there through the third intersection, the route cruises up and down and across multiple expanses of rock and dry, dusty washes.

At the fourth intersection to the Salt Wash trail (L4 Sovereign Connect) you'll be faced with a huge climb. You can bail to the left here but you'll only be prolonging the pedaling (and probably pushing) your bike up on Salt Wash.

After passing L5 Sovereign Connect, the trail meets at the terminus of Salt Wash. Stay left here to descend down towards Dalton Wells Road.

At the bottom, continue on the Sovereign ride straight into the wash. The trail will now head towards and skirt the southern base of Cedar Mountain.

The trail climbs and levels out as it intersects with Long Valley Road. Afterwards Sovereign descends slightly just before a stiff climb up to the rim of Cedar Mountain. Settle into granny gear here.

Once the real climbing starts you'll be greeted by challenging, narrow singletrack. The climb up to intersection with Cedar Mountain Trail is very attainable, with easier sections in all the right spots to keep your lungs from bursting.

At the junction with Cedar Mountain stay left. The climb continues to the rim going west where it skirts the edge. The section of Sovereign is a bit more loose and chossy than what you'll experience on the lower reaches of the trail.

Sovereign ends at an intersection with Brush Basin trail, a moderatly technical descent down to the outer Sovereign trailhead on Dalton Wells Road near Hwy 191.

Alternatively, you can bear right at the intersection to stay on the Sovereign - Cedar Mountain Loop.


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Rode from campsite off willow springs road. Great ride! 14mi

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Spring wildflower on the Sovereign Trail
Apr 27, 2013 near Moab, UT
Sovereign has lots of ledgy slickrock to negotiate.
Apr 27, 2013 near Moab, UT
Descent on Sovereign back towards Sovereign Trailhead on Dalton Springs Rd
Apr 27, 2013 near Moab, UT
On the Sovereign Loop
Apr 15, 2015 near Moab, UT
Climbing up through boulders on the southern end of Salt Wash.
Apr 27, 2013 near Moab, UT
Sovereign Trail through a wash area near Dalton Springs Rd
Apr 27, 2013 near Moab, UT


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