Baby Steps - Trail, Moab, Utah

Baby Steps - Trail, Moab, Utah

DESCRIPTION

16.5 miles

A tight, twisty singletrack, ideal for strong intermediate riders. This ride is too new to show up in guidebooks. So take Out There with you, or ask at the bike shops in Moab. Since the trail is still faint, a map and compass might be a good idea.

To get there: Drive 17.5 miles north of Moab on U.S. Highway 191. Turn right on Klondike Bluffs Road. Drive three miles to trailhead.

The ride: Start by heading north on a sandy doubletrack. Take a left at a sign for Baby Steps and ride .75 mile to a marked right turn. Start climbing bumpy slickrock.

At 2.7 miles from the trailhead, take a right onto a clear singletrack loop. The next half-mile is the most technical section of trail, with a few steep descents and rocky ridges.

At 3.5 miles, the trail hits a doubletrack along a fin of creamy sandstone. Turn left. At the top of a hill, turn left onto another marked loop of singletrack; 1.5 bumpy miles later it reconnects with the doubletrack. Turn left, climb a mile to a fork, and turn left.

Climb a short, steep section to a ridge and descend a loose, rocky road to a wide valley. Take a left, paralleling the ridge on a doubletrack.

At a T intersection, go left and climb over the ridge again, then descend and follow the road as it winds back up to the ridge. Sigh in frustration.

Finally, on the ridge, turn left on a wellmarked singletrack that descends the slickrock to the valley floor. Where the trail hits a dirt road, turn left and return 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 21, 2012]
mtnbikertaz
Cross Country Rider

Noticed when researching this trail there had not been a review in awhile. There are some new trails out there. Dyno and EKG and UFO. All marked with different color paint. There are maps at nearly every intersection...lots of fun everywhere you go. Tons of people and cars in the southern trail head parking lot but everyone got spread nicely once on trails. Great "on the way out of town" ride. The directions below to trail head are good and easy to follow.

Customer Service

Any and all. We hit Dyno to baby steps to mega steps to ekg then little salty to ufo back around to baby steps to ekg back to dyno and out. :). That was around 20 miles and 2000 vert total for the day.

Similar Products Used:

Sovereign but motos are allowed on that one too. No motos allowed on Baby steps area.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 29, 2010]
drlg
Cross Country Rider

Rode up Baby Steps and came down Klondike Bluffs. The Baby Steps singletrack sections were fun. Got my hopes up at the very start of the singletrack because there was some decent technical, rock features, but after that, the technicality dropped off. Overall, it was still pretty fun. Nice views at the top.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 26, 2010]
scoosba
Cross Country Rider

We rode Porcupine the day before and wanted to try something new. The first 2/3 of the trail was jeep roads mingled with single track. We found the sign-age was great. Every time we were unsure of where to go there was a sign. Sections of loose dirt but overall entertaining enough that I was thinking I might take my wife on it, and give it 3 stars. Then we got to the downhill single track. It was fast, well marked, and just plain fun. While only about 2 miles long, it might be one of the funnest sections of single track I have ridden. That bumped it up to a 4 star. If you are looking for a new ride in Moab it's definitely worth your time.

Customer Service

Make sure you don't accidentally skip the single track downhill by getting on the Klondike Bluffs trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 30, 2009]
RealDeal
Cross Country Rider

Recently rode this trail. Excellent singletrack. A must have for a Moab visit.

Similar Products Used:

Porcupine Rim, Monitor/Merrimack,Slickrock,Klondike

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 26, 2009]
Bozeman167
Cross Country Rider

I had no information about this trail except a recent map & a few mixed reviews found online. As one of the few bits of singletrack in the area, we decided to give it a shot. The group consisted of a variety of skill levels, from pro level to advanced intermediate (me). We started in the parking lot just off the main road & elected to ride the dirt to the trailhead. The loop was well marked and we only had to pull out the map a couple of times early in the ride to confirm turns. The trail was a combination of slickrock and smooth fast cruiser singletrack with the occasional rocky surprise. The trail builders did a great job of sending you up to highpoints that gave a great view. . .and then letting you zip down what you just looked at from the top. There was some sand, but I didn't find it excessive. If it's your first time in Moab and you'd like to testride slickrock, rocky technical bits & wee drops before tackling anything big, this would be an outstanding first ride in the area.

I'd be surprised if this trail ever achieved cult status like so many of the other epic rides in the Moab area, but it was a great trail and would be a must-do on my future multi-day trips to Moab.

Customer Service

For a longer ride, start at the road, ride to the trailhead & then follow the signs for ~20mi. Driving to the trailhead cuts off about 4 miles of dirt road.

Similar Products Used:

Sovereign/Salt Wash
Slickrock

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 14, 2008]
Lia Ruggiero
Weekend Warrior

Ditto on everything the previous reviewer stated. (the one with top 10 list).

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 28, 2007]
rudyplus08
Weekend Warrior

I rode this trail in March of 2007 and had a blast. It is not very technical so you can just cruise right on up to the top. The ride up does get a little tedious because there isn't much variation but it is well worth it once you get to the top.

At the top you can leave your bike and walk about a half mile to a spot overlooking Arches National Park. The view alone is worth the ride.

The ride down is very fast since and a lot of fun. Overall, I would recommend this as a good trail to do if you get into town late and want to do a warm up before tackling the numerous other trails around Moab.

Similar Products Used:

Amasa Back and Slickrock

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 28, 2007]
Bob
Cross Country Rider

This trail is a classic.The problem is finding it. You can easily miss the entrance and have a miserable time riding sandy motorcross trails.

Similar Products Used:

This trails ranks with Amasa Back, Slick Rock,and is better than Flat Pass. Porcupine Rim is still the most fun of the above classics. Have a good tim. Beat yourselves up.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 13, 2006]
illcomm33
Cross Country Rider

We made a special trip to Moab to ride this trail in May. 20 years in the making right!? Do yourself a favor and skip this ride. The riders in our group came up with this top 10 list as we rode the trail. The list was about the only thing we could do to have a tolerable time. Very disappointed with this ride.

Babysteps Top 10 list:

1. Well marked trails - make sure you bring a GPS and a flask to minimize frustration.
2. Long meaningless jeep trail climbs with even more less meaningful
descents.
3. You will want to be ahead of your group to minimize the amount of
dust enhalation.
4. Trail gives you the opportunity to see how those new glasses deflect
dust from your eyes.
5. Single track (what little you find) leaves you with a sense of
wanting more.
6. After a long ride, do not be surprised if you ask yourself, "Why?"
7. If you do it twice, you probably dig self mutilation.
8. If you must do the ride, do it first. This make everything else
that much better.
9. A trail you hopefully will never forget. So, you never mistakenly
recommend it.
10. A great opportunity to try out your extra dry chain lube!

If you ride it...don't blame us. We gave the aerobic level a 3...because drudging through sandbeds really is tiring....

Customer Service

To get there: Drive 17.5 miles north of Moab on U.S. Highway 191. Turn right on Klondike Bluffs Road. Drive three miles to trailhead.

The ride: Start by heading north on a sandy doubletrack. Take a left at a sign for Baby Steps and ride .75 mile to a marked right turn. Start climbing bumpy slickrock.

At 2.7 miles from the trailhead, take a right onto a clear singletrack loop. The next half-mile is the most technical section of trail, with a few steep descents and rocky ridges.

At 3.5 miles, the trail hits a doubletrack along a fin of creamy sandstone. Turn left. At the top of a hill, turn left onto another marked loop of singletrack; 1.5 bumpy miles later it reconnects with the doubletrack. Turn left, climb a mile to a fork, and turn left.

Climb a short, steep section to a ridge and descend a loose, rocky road to a wide valley. Take a left, paralleling the ridge on a doubletrack.

At a T intersection, go left and climb over the ridge again, then descend and follow the road as it winds back up to the ridge. Sigh in frustration.

Finally, on the ridge, turn left on a wellmarked singletrack that descends the slickrock to the valley floor. Where the trail hits a dirt road, turn left and return 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

Similar Products Used:

Anything but Baby steps

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
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