Pridgett Loop (not official) - TRAIL

Pridgett Loop (not official) - Trail, Moab, Utah

ride up pridgett canyon (bed river and tough jeep road). when in sight of the arch, take the first "road" on the left and ride up to the top of a saddle. from then follow the sandy road then take hunter canyon on the right.the end of the canyon is a terrible single track extremely technical where you will have to dismount a fair amount of time. The very end of the canyon will require a bit of climbing talent as you have to "find a way to get 30 feet lower" using a few benches and ledges not that wide. Ride the dirt road for 3 more miles and you are done!

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R-MTBs   Weekend Warrior [Mar 15, 2010]

Only ride this if you are archophile and have ridden everything else. Very obscure trail with nice arch and solitude. Beginning Hike a bike around hunter canyon and bit of sad on the way out. Interesting route finding. Jeeps to watch. Do this trail early before Jeep weekend while the sand is tacky. I have a gps map.

Customer Service

Park at lowest amasa atv lot near the mouth of pritchett. Ride up the road passed amasa back parking lot and trailhead, look at the birthing rock art on the road up. Descent to the Spring and hike up the blind ending canyon. (Warning do not go past the trail and up the hiking trail hunter canyon.) Follow the Karns up and south along the top of Hunter canyon which turns into ridable single track. Head to the road and turn left toward Prichett. YOu can hike to the arch before the pass. we missed it and should have headed back. At the pass (WHite knuckle hill )head north and descend pritchett. If you look west you can see the arch and not have to hike to it but it adds to the adventure. Enjoy the ledges and sand.

Similar Products Used: 1. Amasa back, rockpile, jackson as late fall loop.
2. Hurrah pass
3. 24 hours of moab loop.
4. Hidden valley trail to Moab rim start with Portage start on Angel road blm parking)
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boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Apr 27, 2007]

i review this trail to clarify one point. i read a trail descritpion in the falcon guide book. somewhat misleading.

i spent the last two miles of this ride mostly carrying the bike. absolutely impossible to ride. and you must descend several hundred feet to Hurrah Pass Road in a hurry. at one point you drop 15'-20 strait down. a rope would be handy.

so a major amount of this ride , at the end , as you travel the rim and descend, is a full out hike. probably 1 hour of a 4 hour RT ride.

still loved it....but be advised of huge hiking component of this ride.

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4
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mikeysxcess   Cross Country Rider [Nov 04, 2006]

As above... Make sure you pay the $1... It's only a buck and the karma could be ugly...
Tough hike-a-bike, but worth it...
Be mentaly prepaired, there is no other way out once you are comitted...

Similar Products Used: 1)Bartlet's is a great rest day or first day for a tune-up...
2)Hike the Portal up and back as a pre-ride... then ride-on...!
When in doubt, walk!
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4
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Emmanuel   [Nov 09, 1998]

This trail is really amazing for the scenery. the quality of the biking is excellent too and the best riders will have fun picking the worst lines (some are really really bad!!). do not hesitate to dismount on the last part of the ride even if you think you have 90% chance to clear a section. when the punition is a 300' fall, 90% is not enough :-)

Customer Service

what I wrote originaly. The section leading to the saddle is a blast to ride downhill, so if you want a few more miles, ride up to the saddle. test your skills bombing down and ride it back to continue the ride...

Similar Products Used: Porcupine, the ultimate moab ride
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Vaughn   [Dec 20, 1999]

I have a blown up picture in my living room from 5 years ago of us hoisting our bikes while scrambling up over the boulders in Hunter Canyon. Definitely took some sniffing to locate those trail cairns. A very cool, and relatively quiet trail. Definitely take the time to hike up to the arch. Dropping into Pritchett Canyon is a blast, the rock walls are breathtaking. We watched some jeepers winching a torn up old Bronco up the hill right near the top, I'm sure after tearing out the undercarriage on the most ridiculous rock climbs you can imagine. There was a little bit too much sand down lower for real downhill roosting, hopefully that is seasonal. Last I rode, we had to pay an exit fee at the Pritchett Canyon Campground. Kind of an honor system, but we coughed up a few bucks anyway. Don't know if that is still the case or not.

Customer Service

My only experience was doing this ride exactly counterclockwise to Emmanuel's description.

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MarkMc   [Apr 21, 2000]

If you enjoy lots of sand then take this trail. It was our most unenjoyable trail of an entire week of riding in Moab. The exit out on the hiking trail was ridiculous as well. The only good part was watching the jeeps try and climb us some challenging ledges.

Customer Service

ride somewhere else

Similar Products Used: Porc Rim, Amasa Back, Goldbar Rim, Golden Spike
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jim   [May 12, 2000]

We rode the prescribed route (up Prichett - down Hunter). Worst ride I have ever done in Moab. Sand going up and hike-a-bike down. I hear it ok if you take Behind the Rocks from town and then ride down Prichett Canyon and return on the paved road by the river.

Customer Service

Behind the rocks and down Prichett Canyon

Similar Products Used: Porchipine Rim (watch for traffic jams)
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Emmanuel   [Jul 21, 2000]

I stand with what I mentionned earlier.
The sand at the bottom is not all that bad and at the end, there are may a 20 yard stretch of hike a bike plus 2 5-yards section unpassable earlier on. 30 yards total is not excatly what I call "hike a bike on the way down". I guess in order to enjoy it you need to have a taste for solitude (did not see anyone up there) as well as a minimum of technical skills

Customer Service

same

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4
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Jon Ormsby   [Sep 06, 2000]

Too much sand at the beginning (almost turned around), really loose climbs until you get to the top of White Knuckle Hill. The middle piece of this ride is the most enjoyable, wide open 4WD road. The last 1-2 miles is ridiculous, and we ended up walking the whole thing.

BTW, lost my camera on this hike-a-bike section, so if anyone finds a Yashica APS camera in a Lowe Pro camera bag, I'm offering a reward.

Customer Service

Not the way we went, which was the route described in the Falcon Press "Mountain Biking Moab" - up Pritchett Canyon, take a right at the intersection with Behind the Rocks trail, then down the hike-a-bike.

Similar Products Used: Amassa Back is still my favorite Moab ride. Poison Spider was fun, though a lot of sand; don't do the Portal if you don't consider yourself an excellent rider.
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Scott   [Nov 26, 2000]

This ride has it all. Route finding, hike-a-bike, sand, XC, technical sections, singletrack, views, etc. If it's hot, take lots of water, cuz it's a long ride. Best when Moab's had some moisture to firm up the sand. Probably not for everyone because there are some exposed sections on the hike-a-bike.

Customer Service

Do this ride by going up Kane Springs Road to Gatherers Canyon. Hike a bike up the canyon 'til it pinches out, then climb up and back towards the road. Eventually, you'll reach a shelf that runs along and above the road. Pick up the singletrack and follow it as it enventually heads up Hunters Canyon. Soon you'll pick up a jeep road. At the first, main junction, stay left towards Pritchett Arch. Top out after some tech sections and descend Pritchett Canyon back to the road.

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