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2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 877' 267 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 7,695' 2,345 m
Low: 6,821' 2,079 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Trail shared by Michael Ahnemann

A scenic and flowy singletrack trail, mostly used for climbing.

Michael Ahnemann

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Lupine starts just a short distance up from the base of the trail system, off Bluffs Loop. As of June 2014, the start is unmarked, and the entire lower section is fairly difficult to follow, with several unmarked trails branching off at different points. Use the MTB Project MTB Project mobile app to find the start, and as you follow the trail, it becomes easier to stay on course.

The trail climbs the entire way, but it's never particularly steep. It flows nicely back and forth through nice lush vegetation and Aspens. In many spots it flows so well, you'll think it would make a much better descent than a climb. However, it's most commonly ridden uphill, so descending would require many stops for uphill riders.

As you reach higher elevations, the trail pops out to the ridge line, serving up expansive views back out over the valley to town and the ski area in the distance. The last third of the trail is slightly rockier and technical, but never too challenging.

You'll meet up with Little Moab trail for a steeper, more technical climb.


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Great ride today on Lupine trail - hot, dry and hard packed - a lot of over-growth in some sections. Still ful ride though! Jul 17, 2015
Good trail did Bottom to Bluffs, to Lupine, Lupine to Morning Gloria, and then back down. Lupine was pretty muddy and wet between the Emerald Meadows small loop where they all interest just down from the bottom of NPR. We did go around onto the Emerald Meadows to avoid the middy hole there on Lupine. May 31, 2017
Lupine is a rather poorly designed trail. Too much fall line has lead to erosion and deep rutting. I would skip it. Aug 22, 2017

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