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Moab Rim Trail

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One of Moab's premier downhills. But with the chairlift gone, now you have to earn it.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Doubletrack

4,893' 1,491 m

High

4,003' 1,220 m

Low

1,104' 337 m

Up

214' 65 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Description

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 trail.

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.

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  3.1 from 15 votes

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#664

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Mar 28, 2022
Kirk Liebscher
The climb out from the road is quite steep w/ some big stair steps. But definitely doable on a ebike! — 10h 30m
Mar 20, 2021
dave van tol
Sep 6, 2019
Jackie White
Hot...fun slick rock terrain.
Jun 1, 2019
Chuck Riegel
Started out up this trail, but it's beyond my abilities... Much more a Jeep trail than an MTB trail, although I am sure folks ride it all the time 0.8mi — 0h 21m
Apr 26, 2018
Brian Young
Mar 20, 2018
Alex Williams
May 23, 2017
Arnold Nimmo
May 30, 2016
Jon Wohlers
From Hidden Valley some up and downs on slick rock, then overlook then all DH on slick rock to river floor, all rideable with a few tricky ledges. — 0h 45m