The Moab Rim has been famous as a gnarly jeep trail for decades, but it became very popular with mountain bikers for the short existence of the Moab Skyway chairlift. That mechanical assist is long gone so, once again, you have to pedal up to get the down.
This trail runs along a ledge of purplish sandstone on the anticline that rises along the Colorado River to form the cliffs defining the western side of the Moab Valley. It mirrors the infamous Portal
trail on the other side of the river, but never becomes as broken, narrow and sandy as its reflection (Portal
). Basically, the Moab Rim trail is slickrock all the way to the top. This sounds like good news, but there are brutal stair-step features that will most likely have you pushing your bike, and the angle is absolutely relentless.
When you top out, turn around the mesa following the two-track to eventually meet up with the Hidden Valley
From here, you can make a loop ride by climbing your way through the edge of Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area connecting to the Hidden Valley
trail, down the uber-gnarly "Barney Rubble", and finally utilizing Pipe Dream
as your avenue back to town, though this loop is arguably easier in the other direction.
Start at the staging area near Portal
on the Kane Creek road. Once you are on the trail, it's hard to get lost: just follow the black rubber streak and don't fall off into the river far below.