Slickrock Trail - Trail, Moab, Utah

Slickrock Trail - Trail, Moab, Utah

DESCRIPTION

12.7 miles of slickrock riding. extreme ups followed by steep descents. lots of scenery to view along the way. bring lots of water.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 05, 2012]
(KHS)
Weekend Warrior

This is a fun ride, not the best, but definetly a must do.

Customer Service

It's pretty easy to find since it's super popular.

Similar Products Used:

Too many to list here!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 02, 2011]
danielrichards
Cross Country Rider

In my opinion this is the Moab Experience. There is nothing like riding this trail. The loop is fairly technical but because the rock gives you complete traction you are able to do things that you would never thought possible. Make sure you bring a lot of water and ride during a non-peak sun time. I made the mistake of riding at 4:00 at the end of July. I thought I was going to die from eat exhaustion.

Customer Service

If you plan on doing the 12+ mile loop I wouldn't waste time on the practice route. You will get all you need from the full loop.

Similar Products Used:

As far as consistant slick rock riding this is best you will find. Most trails in Moab will give you some slick rock.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 07, 2010]
Myotest
Weekend Warrior

This is not a full loop review, but will put the trail into context for the none hard-core riders I hope. The morning of day 2 in Moab I headed out to give Slickrock a go. Did the recommended practice loop, as I am an intermediate + rider (42 y/o, 6'3", 202). My legs were a bit tired from a day 1 evening ride on Sovereign. I cleaned everything on the pratcie loop aside from this steep short climb about 2/3rds around, but it was work to get my 29er HT up a few of the climbs. So here is the bottom line from my side, yes I could had jumped out on the main loop, but I was more interested to save a bit and find a nice challenging ride to enjoy Moab; versus be in pain, probably do a lot of walking, and take the chance of stalling on a steep climb and letting gravity have it's way with me. If you are a strong rider, this is a special place to enjoy! Intermediate-ish riders, you definately need to do the practice loop, then truly evaluate if you belong on the trail, versus doing it just to say "I did it." But when you get a taste of a loop like this, it is motivating to me to improve and get stronger for a crack at it in 2011. Side note, had a nice chat with a 60+ y/o guy who was out on the practice loop with his hybrid rigid! Amazing terrain.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 03, 2010]
rpalmer
Cross Country Rider

How does the Slickrock Trail not have more reviews? People come from all over the world to ride this trail, and I can totally understand why. You won't find stuff like this anywhere else. After riding most of the "big" rides in Moab multiple times (Slickrock, Amasa Back, Sovereign, Porcupine Rim), I can say with confidence that the Slickrock is my favorite trail in the region. The route that the trail follows is very well-thought-out in order to challenge the best riders on earth, but allow the less-experienced to find a way to complete it. The climbs can be steep but for the most part are not long. I enjoy this trail more than any other because of the thrill I get from looking back at what I just rode and thinking "Are you kidding?" because the kind of riding you can do here would be impossible anywhere else. Slickrock grips your tires reeeally tight so the steeps where you would peel out on dirt grip without fail, so you can really trust your bike on stuff you would never attempt on normal dirt. Sometimes the route follows up-and-down sections that feel like an all-out roller coaster ride. Granted, in order to fully enjoy these sections you have to be an experienced biker and riding this trail for the third or fourth time helps too (I rode it for the fourth time a few weeks ago, it gets better every visit). There are a lot of great rides in the area, but Slickrock is not to be missed. I hate rating other trails in a review for a particular trail, but there seems to be a lot of that going on in this string, so to rebut I will say that I think this trail is WORLDS better than Porcupine Rim (lots of downhill, but its so sandy and rough towards the bottom its hard to enjoy), and SLIGHTLY better than Amasa Back and Sovereign.

Customer Service

Do the practice loop, then head toward the main loop. Go clockwise to avoid a long, arduous climb. Both directions are fun though.

Similar Products Used:

Amasa Back, Sovereign, Bartlett's Wash, Poison Spider Mesa

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 23, 2007]
epetes
Weekend Warrior

This trail is pretty cool. I have never ridden anything like it anywhere. The ups and downs are pretty steep but they never last for too long. So the aerobic burn on this trail comes from going up short very steep sections. There are some of these areas that I never did see a rider make it up without walking a little bit. The books all rate it as extremely technical but I didn't think it was too technical at all. There are a few spots that I would consider technical but not many. Make sure to get there early in the morning because it gets EXTREMELY busy and you will end up waiting a long time at certain areas for other people to go down or up. Don't miss this one, it is what made Moab famous.

Similar Products Used:

Sovereign singletrack.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 04, 2006]
mtnbkrmrt
Weekend Warrior

Think of this trail as 2 separate trails, a practice loop and a main section. The main section, think of three seperate sections, now:
The practice loop is fun and fairly representitve of the second third (back) of the main trail. Lots of fun and a good sample of the SIMPLE stuff. On the main trail, the first third has some huge climbs. If your doing this on a 35lb bike you'll be in pain and walking for most of it,lighter is better. The second third ( backside) is really cool. Lots of flowing decents and climbs, great views.The heavy bike wont hurt you to bad here. The last third is similar to the front third, big climbs, great decents.You could do the whole thing on a 3-4in travel bike, no problem. Bigger is not better on this trail. In between the climbs and decents, there are the occasional sand trap, the best way to transverse these is with speed, totally counter intuitive I know, but it allows you to float on top with out pedalling. If you slow down, you'll sink in and thats it.Remember, faster is better.
These trails are NOT techical, not in the sense of rock gardens, logs, stream crossings etc.
A fun trail and nothing like it anywhere.Allow 4 hours for everything,there is no shade out there, plan accordingly.

Customer Service

Everyone says left (clockwise) is the easier, It may be, but not by much. The climbs on the first third of the main trail were brutal for a flatlander like me.The decents on the last third didnt make up for the climbs on the first third, but the views are awesome. Remember one thing, if your renting a bike, it will be heavier than a spec bike. All the local shops add heavy tires, beefy seats etc. I found that the people at Chili-pepper bikes were really great, laid back and had great trail knowledge. Bikes were in great shape, just heavy.

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There isnt a bad trail in Moab, if you cant find it here, it doesnt exist.
Something for everyone.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 11, 2003]
shiver714
Downhiller

Great trail, fun if you just want to get out and ride for an afternoon. Lot's of ups and downs, and the sand pits get you tired. It's definitely not a hard trail at all. If you wanna go mess around on the practice loop have at it, but the first time I rode the trail I didnt and i was fine. Fun ride.

Customer Service

Just do the main loop

Similar Products Used:

Moab rim, Poison spider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 11, 2002]
Scott

This is one of the best trails I've ever ridden. The climbs are incredibly steep, but the rock gives excellent traction. Make sure you follow the markers, I ended up riding the main loop twice and running out of water and energy. It really wears out the tires, but definately worth it

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 19, 2002]
Adam

This trail kicked my ass but I admit I've only been mountain biking for a year. Beginners beware!!!! This trail is well worth the trip just to experience the extreme climbs & drops but it's a challenge. The downhills are so steep & fast that without proper braking & control you might ride off into one of several small ravines or Negro Bill Canyon(probably a 600 foot drop). I was suprised at how much I had to get off the bike & walk through deep sand. The trail itself is perfect for climbing. You can stick to the rock and in many cases get out of the saddle and still have great traction. The scenery is great also so check it out.

Customer Service

Practice Loop so you'll know what to expect for the last 3 hours of your life

Similar Products Used:

Porcupine Rim: has a steady downhill for a few miles. You can just kick back, hit tons of great drops, and ride. Watch out for the first leg of the trail. If I remember right it's the only uphill but it's a killer! Be careful @ the end though, a lot of exposure with death inevitable if you lose control on the 3 foot wide track. Killer ride!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 05, 2002]
Andrew Jacobson

I am not a very skilled rider, and i could do most of the stuff. If you dont think you can do it, carry speed, and dont use the front breaks too much, i didnt and went faster than all of my friends. watch out for sand pits.

Customer Service

If you have never done this before, DO NOT go straight to the main, definately do the practice loop first or you will be supprised.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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