Slickrock Bike Trail - TRAIL

Slickrock Bike Trail - Trail, Moab, Utah

The Slickrock Bike Trail is often described as a "designer mountain bike trail". It is rolling, with a lot of technical and scarey terrain. If you love riding, have pretty good bike handling skills and enjoy a challenge, then this trail is unbelievably fun. NOTE: the trail type is slickrock! Picture a sand dune which has petrified.

User Reviews (144)

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andrewp   Weekend Warrior [May 01, 2008]

This is a awesome trail. It is a fun ride. Everything is ridable if you have the legs and lungs. This was my first trip to Moab and Slickrock was the first ride.Friends either loved or hated this trail. Take your time and enjoy the great views.

Similar Products Used: Porcupine Rim, Amassa Back
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5
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4
NashvilleBlur   Cross Country Rider [Dec 01, 2007]

I was on my way to Lake Powell last July and stopped in Moab to ride the this trail. I would "STONGLY" recommend that you ride the practice loop before you start into the main loop. While the main loop didn't take me much longer than it would on a trail of similiar length in TN I could easily see this being a 3+ hour ride for a beginner. I will tell you my wife ate it on the practice loop because she was on my step mom's bike with a much steaper (71) head angle than she normally rides. She ended up calling it a day. I will tell you that bike with a less than < or = 69 degree head tube makes this trail much more fun. Do yourself a favor and if you aren't comfortable on the practice loop then you really should reconsider riding the main loop because the practice loop is easier. Ok. Enough to the Surgeon General's warning.

Now my take on the trail. If you are a good rider this place is heaven. I plan on going back for a week this spring. I loved it!!!!!!! Literally, if the trail has a dotted line on it you can climb it even if it seems like only Superman could. I ran into a guy from another country and he told me he had to do a lot of hike a bike. This is untrue. If you are climbing the slickrock and can't do it sitting then just stand and up you'll go. The coolest part is you don't spin out. Then for the descents, they are super fast, super steep and fantastic! I love the steeps because you are sitting on the rear wheel and the traction is from another world. The only thing I would caution is doing the 2-3 foot drops into the sandy sections. The LBS told me that if I pretzeled the wheel I was paying for it and the only time that happens is when bike riders drop off those drops. Needless to say I didn't feel like replacing a wheel. However, I did see someone actually replicate that right by the parking lot. Everything else I rode!

I don't care what single track you've ridden before you won't be prepared for this. Once you get used to it then you are you'll be finding everything you can to get air, climb descent, etc. Don't worry. You can deviate from the white dotted line and have killer fun!

Needless to say I can't go back and I'd give it 10 stars if I could.

Customer Service

PRACTICE LOOP FIRST, then Main Loop.

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5
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5
bake   Racer [Jan 05, 2007]

Rode this trail in March, supreme weather!
Awesome fun. Anyone can ride this trail. Anyone. My father-in-law
went with me for pete's sake and has zero mtb experience. He had to walk a lot, OK...about all the hills, but I could ride ahead and come back to get him. (he was with my brother in law, i didn't leave him to die). We all had a blast and it was well worth the experience. If you rent a bike just ride up to the trail. It's a nice climb and will get ya warmed up. about a 4 mile ride up to the trail. (take money) and water!! If my father in law reads this he will probably plan a trip back to Moab so he can kick my arse on the trail. haha. have fun and ride within your limits. This trail is obviously more fun the better shape you are in so go when you've got some extra pep or when a little rested. (we thought it would be cool to go on ski legs...yeah yeah we're from KY)

Customer Service

practice loop then clockwise. sunscreen!

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5
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4
aword4you   Weekend Warrior [Nov 09, 2006]

It's a lot more killer on the legs than one would imagine! Mostly due to standing on all of the slickrock climbs. Slickrock is amazing to climb/ride/descend on. It's a blast. The trail is a lot of fun, great scenery and good people watching (seeing others go up and down the slickrock). If you're a beginner, stick to the practice loop first. The trail itself does get more difficult, especially the further out you get. It's a lot of fun, though.

Customer Service

Follow the white jeeps in a loop.

Similar Products Used: Porcupine Rim, Poison Spider.
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4
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3
fullmerjace   Downhiller [Apr 09, 2006]

Unlike the other reviews I have briefly read, I find this trail to be everything I have expected. In my opinion, the best way to enjoy the trail is to play as you go. I like to explore a little bit and find hidden drops and other technical obstacles near the dotted line. I ride this trail on my cross country bike and my downhill. You can do this trail on a heavier bike, just plan on going slowing up hill but faster down! Let it be known that this can be a dangerous trail too. Sand stone hurts to land on. I was life-flighted by helicopter to Ogden, Utah while doing a drop on this trail seven years ago! After several thousand dollars and three surgeries I am back on the trail loving it. I also do this trail on my motorcycle and recommend it to any of those enthusiasts. On a motorcycle you can do the main loop in about 30 minutes. On bike, my best time is 1 hr and 45 minutes.

Customer Service

I love the practice loop. If you explore in that area, you will find many little drops and fast runs. This is where I go to play. Out on the main trail, I find the "hard" way to be more fun than the "easy" way. I also believe the hard way is easier..... Also I have done this trail in 110 heat. I do not recommend it. Morning hours are you friends.

Similar Products Used: P. Rim
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5
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4
skibumz   Racer [Mar 03, 2006]

It is a super fun trail but it is definately not as hard as a lot of people have said. If you are in good shape it is really easy and the short climbs make it a slight bit harder.

Customer Service

follow the dots and don't bother with the practice loop.

Similar Products Used: White rim in a day
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4
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2
hippys_suck_2005   Weekend Warrior [Oct 11, 2005]

This is one sweet trail. You must be in great shape to ride it however or you will be doing a lot of hike-a-bike. It is alot of fun as it is basically just steep rolling slickrock hills that pose a great challenge and a lot of fun. Be careful on this trail though and pay attention to the symbols as there are places where it can get dangerous and you and/or your bike WILL take a beating if you aren't careful. As long as you are careful however I would recommend that anybody ride this, even if you are not the best biker just go out and try it and have fun. Also, make sure your bike has a good suspension. A full suspension is nice but make sure that your front shocks are stiff, mine aren't so much and it really took a lot of fun out of the day.

Customer Service

Just follow the white stripes and if it is warm out I would advise going in the morning as there is hardly any shade and the slickrock seems to just amplify the heat in my opinion.

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5
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5
phillyGTA   Weekend Warrior [Jul 14, 2005]

Rode the track twice in two days .. a little disappointed after , may be expectation too high ? Not overly difficult and can get boring after awhile , I rode it in June and the heat was brutal! Wide open rock bubble up and down ...up and down ...up and down.. okay, yes ,the area is beautiful and unique , but not worth spending big money to just ride this trail. With enough water ,anyone can handle this trial. Side note : The folks in Chillypepper bike shop are great though , reasonable rate and very friendly. Great bike too , all new C'dale Prophet ; )

Customer Service

Follow the dots .. but there are many side ridges you can roll over and make it less boring .

Similar Products Used: P.rim ?
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3
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4
The SS Boz   Racer [Jun 24, 2005]

Nice open trail with steep technical climbs and short technical decents. A sunburn waiting to happen with full exposure. Not a bad trail but coming from the southeast/eastcoast(land of tight singletrack) its not the mecca of Mtn Biking in my opinion....this trail is built up too much. Just have technical skills and some legs and you pull off the ride without a hitch -minding you or your bike doesn't fall off into a canyon. The scenery is excellent however. But its not a trail built for speed, which is kinda what i was expecting. But great nonetheless....Moab is a solid bicycle town...

Customer Service

Ride practice loop then full trail....and also you are the sh-t if you ride in on a rigid singlespeed with no helmet...like the guy i saw bouncin in there the other day....props to you- whoever you may be -if you r still alive....

Similar Products Used: Porcupine rim
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4
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4
Default Username   Weekend Warrior [Jun 02, 2005]

Epic ride! Make the trip to Moab!

Similar Products Used: Porcupine Rim! Ride it from town and don't be a wuss.
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5
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4
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