Sovereign - Cedar Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 864' 263 m
Descent: -864' -263 m
High: 4,972' 1,515 m
Low: 4,399' 1,341 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Steep climbs, steep descents and some spectacular technical trail.”— Leslie Kehmeier
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
With bail-outs or accesses along Dalton Wells Road (outer trailhead at Hwy 191 and inner trailhead two miles in), the trail provides easy access for the energetic or an easy escape for the bonked.
The loop is best ridden a counter clockwise direction. You'll be nailed with some steep climbs from either Brushy Basin Trail or Sovereign Trail, but you'll be rewarded with a very engaging descents.
Keep your eye out for the singletrack on the left heading up a small drainage. Cedar Mountain looms in front of you and if you can take your eyes off the trail long enough youll be able to pick out bits of the real climbing you're about to tackle. Stay left and head up hill at the intersection with an upper connector trail.
Once the real climbing starts, you'll be greeted by challenging, narrow singletrack. The climb up to the intersection with Cedar Mountain Trail is very attainable, with easier sections in all the right spots to keep your lungs from bursting.
From the junction with Sovereign, stay right and climb to the rim of Cedar Mountain. The trail goes right and rolls along the edge with loose tread and amazing views. Small slot canyons along the rim create a cratered moonscape that makes the riding fun and challenging. Since this trail does see motorized traffic it has a distinct motorized flow to it.
At intersection with road, the trail descends straight across through an eerie green cupric soil. At the bottom of the descent, the trail crosses the Fallen Peace Officer Trail and enters a wash. As the wash descends the canyon gets narrower and the trail gets faster. Drop your saddle and enjoy the ride!
Once you exit the wash, the trail contours along the sage slopes before climbing into more technical canyon country. Multiple steep climbs, punctuated by steep descents make this section memorable.
At the next intersection with the road, continue to the west for a short bit before staying left and continuing with more canyons, more steeps, and more fun.
The trail will eventually come to an intersection with Sovereign and Brushy Basin Trail. Stay right and ride down a moderately technical descent that finishes through a giant boulder field. Roll out to Dalton Wells Road from here, turning left to rejoin the start at the inner Sovereign trailhead.
*Alternately, riders can stay left and follow Sovereign along the south rim back to the steep climb (now descent!) back towards the inner trailhead on Dalton Wells Road.
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Local Club: Moab Trails Alliance
Apr 13, 2012: Thanks!
Apr 13, 2012: Maps are a success!
Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office