Porcupine Rim - Trail, Moab, Utah

Porcupine Rim - Trail, Moab, Utah

DESCRIPTION

You should start from Moab to make this a good 30 plus mile ride. You will cover all aspects of MTB on this trail. Cart road to technical sigle track. The views from the vista will blow your mind. This is not a beginer trail but, IT'S ALL GOOD. Remember, Keep It Tight on the last five miles of this trail. Some spot's have a big drop off the edge that will result in injury. Make sure you have a couple of spare tubes with you. The 3,000 ft decent is a little jagged and can cause a blow out. Only do Moab in the spring or sometime after august.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 27, 2015]
jeff angell
Cross Country Rider

Just went a few weeks ago for my first time to Moab. I checked reviews on here about a few trails and settled on slick rock and porcupine rim trails for our 2 day trip. slick rock was fun and more suited for the cross country riding that I normally do. But, this porcupine rim trail has got it all! I'm surprised that there aren't any newer posts on this trail. The local bike shop ( poison spider or chile pepper ) told us about the shuttles up to the trailhead for 25.00. They were only running to UPS . aka, upper porcupine single track because of the mud. Once up there they unload on the fire road and away we went up a somewhat steep dirt road for a few miles until we hit the trail on the left. I could feel the 7200 ft altitude. We headed along a single track trail that goes over some smooth rocks in the trail to a rim cliff. DANGER! this trail follows this rim for a few miles through the trees and over rocks and twisting turns and pops out back to the rim cliff a lot. DANGER! It was an awesome view with plenty of places for selfies and resting if needed. The trail then changes to a wider road/ trail that you will share with motorcycles. It has lots of places to turn it loose and will really shake you up. Hope you used lactate! this goes on for quite a few miles. The trail then goes back to single track and starts heading down along........I'm guessing.......porcupine rim! This is probably the most technical part of the trail and there are a few cliff areas to watch for. I noticed that the farther I went I got more comfortable and confident with the drops and rocky areas. hardly walking down any of the latter. You can see a black rubber line on the rocks that show you the best or most travelled route usually. It was about 15-18 miles in where I started to get a little tired and started to make mistakes, so I slowed down and walked a few of the bad rocky areas. It took us 3 hours and was 19.2 miles from UPS to the parking / camping area by the river at 4000ft. There are a few good videos on youtube. they don't really show how steep the areas are however. Make sure you have a good tuned up bike and its going to kick your ass if your out of shape. There are a few uphill areas too. ENJOY and watch out for that CLIFF!

Similar Products Used:

slick rock

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 29, 2010]
tbalzer
Weekend Warrior

Best trail I've ever ridden! I've ridden trails all over the word but this trail is by far my favorite. The first hour or so can be a drag because you think the trail will never point downward. Once it does though, all that effort just warmed up the muscles for the best time you can have with your clothes on.

Once the trail lets out on the highway, it is not a very long ride back in to town.

I've seen people do the trail backwards but I wouldn't recommend it, unless you really like climbing.

Customer Service

Either get a good warm-up and start from downtown Moab, or get a shuttle to the trail head. I am lazy and start from the trailhead so I can spend time with the fam in the afternoon.

Similar Products Used:

Slickrock

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 15, 2009]
icuski2
Cross Country Rider

As good as it gets. My favorite trail in the world!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 16, 2007]
uofabill
Cross Country Rider

Five of us rode this on 10/03/07. We originally had planned to to do the plain vanilla shuttle to the Porc TH above Sand Flats.
The Coyote Shuttles the guy gave a whole truck load of us the sales pitch to go clear to the top and ride a series of about 5 trails with very little climbing.
He assured us that we would not need maps that he could give us bulletproof directions so that no one could get lost......NOT! Not only did our group of 5 get lost but a group of about 6 Canadians on the same shuttle get lost as well.
Hazard County is apparently a pretty new trail which as several reviewers have said, is totally different from what you expect at Moab. It is pretty narrow dirt single track through grass, brush and trees. This Trail zig zags down the mountain side, crosses a blacktop road and then you start on Kokopelli.
A couple of us had ridden Porc 5 or 6 yrs ago and we didn't remember the bottom end of it being as rough as it is now. Maybe it's changed, maybe it was us?

Customer Service

Shuttle to the Hazard County Trail head. At that point there's essentially no to get messed up. Make the climb to the top of the hill and away you go. That part is easy.
Hazard ends at a blacktop road, you cross it and cross a bike cattle guard and that's where Kokopelli starts and it is easy to follow.
It was somewhere after Kokopelli that we got screwed up. I think we actually may have missed part of the trail.
We got to Sand Flats road and none of us remembered the shuttle dude telling us to turn right on that dirt road and follow it quite a ways until you come to a full cattle guard. A Poison Spider shuttle came by and that guy was kind enough to set us straight. The UPS and LPS are easy to follow once on them.
Doing all of this sure has to qualify as an "epic." Be sure to take A LOT OF WATER. We all ran out carrying 100 oz bladders.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 06, 2007]
RideEverything
Downhiller

This was the second shuttle that we had through Poison Spider. This time we were dropped off at the Hazard County point.
The trail is amazing! Unbelievable single track for the majority of the ride! There are gap jumps along the trail if you are so inclined.
The scenery is unbelievable! The riding is phenomenal!
Being from Whistler, BC this was the best trail we rode on our trip. Granted there were no stunts or technical riding but the trail was a great ride. I love the buff single track!
Someone has tell the cross country nerds that clipless pedals and spandex aren't the end all and be all of cycling!

Customer Service

Get the shuttle offered through Poison Spider bike shop.
We rode the single track from Hazard to Kokepelli the hooked up with UPS then LPS then ended with Porcupine Rim Trail.

Similar Products Used:

Amasa Back

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 04, 2007]
Cucucachu
Weekend Warrior

Linked Hazard County to Kokopelli to UPS to Porcupine Rim. 9500 Feet to 4500 Feet - very little climbing. When I finished this Epic ride I was real tired!
"Hazard County" is a short climb from 8900 to 9500 ft and then all downhill with killer jumps and great single track to the end. (DON'T MISS THIS TRAIL) The trail builders did a fantastic job!
Continue downhill on the "Kokopelli Trail". Its a fast double track along the rim that will end on Sandflats Rd.
Sandflats is a rolling gravel road that will link to UPS.
At the one and only cattle grate the "Upper Porcupine Singletrack (UPS)" starts. The UPS is relatively flat, following the rim until you encounter the Notch. Its a hike-a-bike down (you'll know what I'm writing about when you get there)(Its not for the faint of heart).
At the bottom of the hike-a-bike you connect to "Porc Rim!"
The only part of this whole ride I'm not thrilled about is the last few miles of Porcupine Rim Trail - lots of hike a bike and the temps in this area can get pretty high.

Customer Service

To add detail to Spine Shanks Directions:
From Moab take Hwy128 to LaSal Mountain Loop. Take LaSal Mountain Loop through Castle Valley all the way up to the end (at the time of this writing the bridge was out). At the end, follow the unpaved road to "Warner Lake & Campground". The trailhead is near the lake (I used Roadrunner to shuttle up).
From the "Hazard County" trailhead, cross a small bridge and ride the trail up a few hundred feet. Its a short climb to the top. You can do it! From the top follow the trail down, to the North towards Castle Valley. It ends at LaSal Mountain Loop (Paved Road).
Cross LaSal Mountain Loop and continue on the "Kokopelli" (you'll see the sign from the end of Hazard Co.) The Kokropelli drops onto Sandflats. Turn right (up) and follow Sandflats to the Cattle Grate.
Immediately next to the Cattle Grate the "UPS" starts. The UPS will lead right into the "Porcupine Rim trail."
These trails combined make one of the most epic adventures that come to mind.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 04, 2007]
Cucucachu
Weekend Warrior

Linked Hazard County to Kokopelli to UPS to Porcupine Rim. 9500 Feet to 4500 Feet - very little climbing. When I finished this Epic ride I was real tired!
"Hazard County" is a short climb from 8900 to 9500 ft and then all downhill with killer jumps and great single track to the end. (DON'T MISS THIS TRAIL) The trail builders did a fantastic job!
Continue downhill on the "Kokopelli Trail". Its a fast double track along the rim that will end on Sandflats Rd.
Sandflats is a rolling gravel road that will link to UPS.
At the one and only cattle grate the "Upper Porcupine Singletrack (UPS)" starts. The UPS is relatively flat, following the rim until you encounter the Notch. Its a hike-a-bike down (you'll know what I'm writing about when you get there)(Its not for the faint of heart).
At the bottom of the hike-a-bike you connect to "Porc Rim!"
The only part of this whole ride I'm not thrilled about is the last few miles of Porcupine Rim Trail - lots of hike a bike and the temps in this area can get pretty high.

Customer Service

To add detail to Spine Shanks Directions:
From Moab take Hwy128 to LaSal Mountain Loop. Take LaSal Mountain Loop through Castle Valley all the way up to the end (at the time of this writing the bridge was out). At the end, follow the unpaved road to "Warner Lake & Campground". The trailhead is near the lake (I used Roadrunner to shuttle up).
From the "Hazard County" trailhead, cross a small bridge and ride the trail up a few hundred feet. Its a short climb to the top. You can do it! From the top follow the trail down, to the North towards Castle Valley. It ends at LaSal Mountain Loop (Paved Road).
Cross LaSal Mountain Loop and continue on the "Kokopelli" (you'll see the sign from the end of Hazard Co.) The Kokropelli drops onto Sandflats. Turn right (up) and follow Sandflats to the Cattle Grate.
Immediately next to the Cattle Grate the "UPS" starts. The UPS will lead right into the "Porcupine Rim trail."
These trails combined make one of the most epic adventures that come to mind.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 07, 2007]
wheezl
Cross Country Rider

I've been riding this trail for fifteen years plus, and it has always been a beautiful, fun ride. I still enjoy this trail, and for the most part I encourage anybody who hasn't ridden it to do so because it is a thrilling trail, BUT it's only a fading shadow of it's former reputation. People continue to "improve" this once epic ride, slowly bringing it down to such a point that to say you've ridden "Porcupine Rim" no longer carrys it's epic mantle. I'm not saying this to discourage anyone from riding this historic Moab classic, but to bring attention to the continuing efforts of a minority of riders to "improve" this trails flavor, slowly bringing it's original spicy personality down to fit their bland tastes.

Customer Service

there is no need to ride this as a loop, unless you like to wear out your knobbys on the road, shuttle it and if you want you'll still have time to do another trail.

Similar Products Used:

Amasa Back, Gold Bar, The Rim......

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 30, 2007]
Spine Shank
Weekend Warrior

I've skimed over the reviews and everyone is pretty spot on. I am writing to recommend a different route that was a lot of fun. Hazard County just legally opened and it adds about 6 miles of awesome dirt single track. doing this cuts out most of the climbing so if that's your thing, you'll miss out. It's June and too hot to fish so whynot take the shuttle up in the Summer. The trail is up in the La Sals, right before an outcropping of Aspen trees and peaceful grass fields. The trail is brown ribbon single track with a small but steep climb in the beginning (maybe 400'?) and then all DH from there. Nothing too steep, all big ring stuff and littered with hip jumps, gaps, and single track trannies. Some were a little big but there are sissy lines around everyone of them. The brown single track cut in the grass is a welcome break from the red rock ledges the rest of your time will be spent on at Moab. It's a great combo to start with the brown stuff and descend into the red rocky stuff.

Customer Service

Get the shuttle from Poison Spider and get the driver to take you up to the Hazard County Trail Head. Majority rules so it pays to get a couple people on your side. There's no reason not to - it's no more climbing (infact less) and it's more single track. I paid $20 bucks and it was the same to be dropped off either at Porupine or get the additional 6 miles of sweet dirt single track.

Hazard County starts where the van drops you off (grey gravel lot) and look for the bridge. There are no forks, it's very obvious where to go. Just follow the brown ribbon. You can't get loss once on the track.

Hazard County ends when you run into Sand Flats Rd (perpendicular) and directly across the street is the Kokopeili. Link that to Lower Porcupine and then into Porcupine itseld for a total of 20 miles and 4,500' DH. 5 Miles back to town from 128 and 191 back to Poison Spider Bike Shop.

The rating (3) is for Hazard County, not Porcupine. Easy trail with enough things to keep it interesting. Could be a 4 if you hit some of the gap jumps.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 23, 2007]
misfit27
Downhiller

This is the best trail in the world if you ride it from the cattle gate. I had ridden it from the trailhead numerous times and always love it, but that short ride from the cattle gate adds that ‘leave your survival instinct at home’ mentality. The trail has something for everybody, XC to DH, and most of the people you will come across are cool. Discussion of bikes, lines, other trails and sharing of ‘provisions’ is frequent, and for lack of better word, “chill”. One of the few places the lycra crowd and the DH crowd peacefully co-exist. If you look closely, you will find plenty of drops off to the side, and if you don’t pick your line carefully, you may hit a few unintentionally.

The only downside is that this trail is popular with ATV’s and Jeeps. Dirtbikes too, but they are not nearly as much of a problem as they are courteous and most know what they are doing. Much better than the drunken, helmetless, mesh hat wearing, Skoal-chewing, 50+lbs overweight ATV riders you’ll find scratching their heads at the bottom of a nice drop line. Keep an eye out for them, and if you are as bitter as I am, let them know (especially when they needlessly sit 4-wide in the middle of your line). Don’t worry, they can’t catch you.

As annoying as that can be, there is still nowhere on Earth I would rather ride. Enjoy, respect, share, learn, and watch that last step – your freeride suspension will NOT soak up that 800ft drop.

Customer Service

From the cattleguard. I looped it, which made for a nice 4 hour fireroad climb. Not highly recommended.

Similar Products Used:

Amasa Back, Slickrock is fun once (maybe twice)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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