White Rim One Day - TRAIL

White Rim One Day - Trail, Moab, Utah

100 mile car to car, or 85 miles w/car drop.

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xcrider   Cross Country Rider [May 06, 2005]

WR in a day is a tool we use to get in shape for the rest of the season. In Feb. we are on the bike in the snow to get ready. This was the 6th time we have done it in a day. We had rain from 50 miles to 70 miles and the temp. may have reached 59 degrees. We dumped about 2 liters of water. Last year we had 89 degree temp. and used all but 2 oz of our 2 gallons of water (The week before there was 6" of snow on the White Rim!). We ride the last weekend of April for the best weather and day light. The way we carry the water is with the Detours High Tail (www.detours.us), two frame mounted water bottles, and a 100 oz blatter. I try to use the water off my back first for less stress on my bottom and body. Carry spare tools, tube, and other items in a seat bag. Detours makes a handlebar bag (Metro) that is perfect for food, map, first aid kit and extra clothing. Keep the weight off your back and you will feel better late on this ride. Do not count on getting water from others, they may not be there when you need it or at all! If you can ride 100 miles on the road with 5,000'-10,000' of climbing you are ready for this ride. I did 6 hours of riding on the Colorado Springs singletrack two weeks before this ride and had no problems on the White Rim. If you would like to do all the climbs clean make sure you do some very steep, sandy/gravel climbs late in your training rides. One warning, if you are not ready to do it don't do it anyway, or meet your friends at the top of Shafer and skip the road sections. Last year I was not ready and the last 45 miles was full of pain, frustration, walks up the climbs, and a very sore bottom. It was not fun. If you are thinking about doing it in a day go for it! Great views, fun challenging climbs, smooth doubletrack late in the ride, and friendly people make it a great time!

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The way to ride it is clockwise starting at the bottom of Horsethief! Here are some reasons why it is best to do it that way: The climb up Horsethief is smooth and not that hard. The gravel road to 313 is an easy climb and a good warm-up. The early climbing takes you to your high point at Dead Horse Point turn off on 313 and uses up over 1/3 to maybe 1/2 of the climbing. The bumps that can kill your bottom (between Shafer and Airport)come early when you are still fresh. From Murphy's Hogback 70 miles to Potato Bottom 91 miles it is mosly dowmhill for 21 miles on smooth doubletrack (3-4 short climbs). You can coast most of it at 15 mph and get ready for Hardscrabble! After the Hardscrbble climb and the sand the trail is smooth and flat back to the car. I have done it counter-clockwise starting at the top of Shafer and the bottom of Shafer and clockwise is the best way to go. The drive down and up Horsethief is easy with a medium clearance car. One problem is that if it rains and Horsethief is wet it would be hard to get a non-4X4 up Horsethief and very scary going down.

Similar Products Used: The 80 miles of Skyline Drive, The Spring Race Course is a great training ride for the WR, Porcupine Rim from town, Gooseberry Mesa is one of the best rides in the USA, Park City singletrack.
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John Mavor   Weekend Warrior [Aug 12, 2003]

The White Rim in a day is a great test of your butts abillity to withstand jackhammer like abuse. Once completed, you are in an exclusive club of ner do well graduates of biker boot camp. Our group of 8 spent the night before the big ride getting hammered around the camp fire on the Mineral road. It was beautiful how you could feel the electricity in the group, especially after multiple Optimators. We slept in, made a huge breakfast and fumbled around to ensure a late start on the ride. Tee-off was around 9:30 and we went counter clockwise. The only climbs of note were Hardscrable, Murphy's Hogback and "The Neck" (Shaefer Trail). We faced the final hill, The Neck, as the sun was going down and began to regret the night befoe but hey, what's life without a few regrets. I mean, it's not as if we were racing or anything! My wife had a minor wreck on the Mineral Road as we had about 3 miles in the dirt in the pitch dark. After arriving at camp, it was a few rounds to the trail gods and off to La La Land. This trail rocks and rolls and anyone who doesn't do it in a day is just a big ol' sissy! Long live long rides.

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Counterclockwise starting on the Mineral Road.

Similar Products Used: Just go to Moab and follow the crowd.
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PM   [May 29, 2002]

This is a self-supported one-day epic that will
crush good riders. Be prepared to want to quit,
take your shoes off and lie in the shade of any
rock outcropping and go to sleep, permanently.
We did this one in a pure loop, counter clockwise. Car to car, no shuttle, 101 miles, 8.25 hours ride time, 11.5 total hours. Park at the pavement/dirt
road junction to Mineral Bottom and head down this
shitty downhill road around 10+ miles until you drop
into the river bottoms at Mineral.
I would only recommend this ride to my enemies,
as it is a crushing experience. Three of us did this one over Memorial day weekend in 85 degree temps.
I strongly suggest you take an FS ride. Be prepared.
Must have bail-out option if mechanical failures
happen. Start with plenty of water. The tour rigs
which constantly cruise the loop in the 3-4 day fashion
will gladly let you bum water. We scavenged around
2 gallons each beyond what we carried. Key items
are energy powder mix in your water and tons of energy
bars and candy, and perhaps tunes. After around 60 miles, it is very difficult to swallow any food. Can you say SPENT? This ride will test your mental and physical strength. It is difficult to swallow any solid food after 60 miles, and it becomes very important to stop every hour or so. Mentally, this one will screw with you. The biggest reason is that after 60 to 70 miles, feeling really spent, with no power in your legs, and swelling feet, you face a huge 30 miles remaining (a long,hard day ride generally)with 2200 vertical feet of climbing in one mile up the Schaefer Trail switchbacks to the pavement. From there, you spin
down the pavement around 10 miles to your car. It
is a big-time macho notch-in-the-belt, and I would
not recommend this to any but the fittest, self-help
riders. I would not do it again even if someone paid me. For the macho only!!
This one is a perfect float-and-bloat over 3-4 days, and a beauty for people with diff. skill levels, but only with a support vehicle and lots of rest and cold beer and food. Think twice if you want it all in
a day. Again, it will crush you and spit you out, but
if you want to suffer, GO FOR IT!!

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Counter Clockwise.

Similar Products Used: FRUITA!!!!!!!
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Ron   [Nov 04, 2002]

While I agree that this trail is not a one day-er for everyone, I think that with planning, training and desire most serious riders can do it. But you've got to want to suffer a bit. Most of my summer was spend with the White Rim One Day in mind so I did lots of long rides/races to try and get ready and it paid off. I did the full pull-100 miles in just uner 13 hours.(9:05 riding time.)
I started at the Mineral Bottom/Hwy 313 junction early and hit the top of Schafer at sunrise, a truely amazing experience and I finished the Horsethief hill just as the sun was setting. The first couple of miles on this road were lots of looking back at the setting sun and made the grind go a little faster. I wouldn't recommend the above rim portions unless you really want to have the "100 mile smile".
Take lots of water, although I took too much,(2 gallons) it's easier to drop water than find it. (Remember to adjust your shock pressure to allow for 30 extra pounds) I also had some overnight gear just in case and a really good repair kit. You really are all alone out there.
Do this in one day for the training values,personal achievement and bragging rights but don't let it be your only time down there. I concentrated too much on the end and was blown away at the experience when I was down there. I'm looking more forward to coming back in the spring and doing it in three days.
It really is one of the most amazing places I've ever ridden my bike, the Parks gang do a great job of keeping it semi-natural and not over-crowded.

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Which way to go is the subject of much debate, having done it clockwise I think that it's the way to go.

Similar Products Used: You're in Moab!
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Michele Hill   [Nov 11, 2002]

You get started early 7 a.m. to make the jetboat rendezvous at 1 p.m..
This places the ride in the cooler morning hours in spring and summer, but it will be HOT summertime.
Two litres of water is recommended. The tour company may be on the trail and can refill the water bottles or at least bottles can be filled at the boat. The Shafer Trail switchbacks were washed out in September 2002. Upside: No vehicles are permitted on this stretch presently.(Due to reopen in May 2003 to cars.) Downside: There one or two spots that feel safer walking. If you are an advance rider, you might stay seated and touch a few times in the chunkiest places.
At the bottom of the switchbacks, on the White Rim, it is pretty level riding (I've pedaled this section by full moon before). Some hill and dale. If you are not geared low enough just turn around re-shift and attempt again.
Signs mark points of interest: Gooseneck Overlook and Musselman Arch. Sign indicates Lathrop turn-off. WALK the initial 170 yards off of White Rim into Lathrop, if your skills can't deploy a steep, robust terrain. In Lathrop Canyon, it is a wash bottom. Mid-summer/dry times this is loose sand. Get your weight off of the handle bars and gear for high repetition to float through the sand patches or plan to push the bike. When it is wet, the ground is compressed and so easy. There are two toilets along this route. One at the bottom of the Shaffer Trail and one at the river. The jetboat ride is an unusal twist to conclude a ride perfect for riders with average ability. I've seen an eleven year old ride this and do fine. It is a 20 mile ride.

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Another one day option: Ride the Shafer Trail to the Colorado River and Lathrop Canyon. You can arrange a jetboat shuttle with Moab outfitter (Tag-A-Long Expeditions).

Similar Products Used: Farther downstream, I've been dropped off by jetboat at Lockhart Canyon to ride sixty miles back to Moab over Hurrah Pass.
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John Jameson   [Mar 08, 2003]

I did this clockwise, and i really think that's the way to go. There are only a few climbs, none of which are super long. It's mostly big ringing it in the flats on fire roads, nothing at all technical. It is a fire road, after all. I did this trail on my kinda hard tail (Cane Creek Thudbuster) and semi slicks at about 65 psi, and i felt like i was flying at times. Murphy's Hogback was the only tough part because i had no traction and it was super sandy. Other than that, you don't benefit much from the traction of knobbies or lower psi (tubeless) on this ride.
You do this trail for the scenery more than anything, and it definitely lives up to the hype.
Just one man's opinion, but don't be scared off by these reviews. This ride is not easy, but it's not THAT bad. Start early, go slow and steady, take plenty of water, food, and sunscreen and leave time to take pictures and you'll have a great time. It's definitely not for beginners, but reading some of the reviews made it sound like you need to be Tinker Juarez to finish this baby in a day.
As far out in the middle of nowhere as you are, there are lots of people to help out if something goes wrong. I would never depend upon help from others...as always be prepared to fix your own problems...but there's a better than good chance you're going to run into people. I passed a ranger who asked if i needed help (i was hoofing through a sandy part) or water. There are also plenty of people on the 3 or 4 day party program, so if you're in a jam bum a beer and enjoy the scenery.

PS I would NOT want to drive some of these sections. The descent into Hardscrabble? was one particular part where the 4WD vehicles looked like they were going to tip over.

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Clockwise

Similar Products Used: If you're on the 1 day epic program, do Kokopelli's Trail
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Marc   [May 03, 2003]

OK, we cheated and took a shuttle in to the top of Horsethief, and than rode counter clockwise to the top of the Shafer Trail. If you include one wrong turn up a very sandy dead end canyon, we probably rode 75-80 miles total. Great, great ride if you are looking for an epic day in the saddle and maximum views. Not a technical ride, but there are certainly some very fun fast sections, moderate climbing, and the infamous brutal climb at the very end (Shafer Trail). A lot of people start at the base of of the Shafer climb and do the full 100 miles, also counter clockwise. That way, the last 30+ miles is a nice downward trend. Lotsa water is key; we had no trouble bumming water from the tour groups, although a couple of us miscalculated at the end and ran dry on the last climb - bonk. Love the desert!!

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Counter clockwise for a one day ride.

Similar Products Used: Anything in Moab, anything in Fruita
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Jack   [May 08, 2003]

Three of us did the ride counterclockwise last weekend, starting at 7 am. at top of Horsethief and ending at Visitor's Center at 6 pm. Biggest factor was WIND. Nasty headwinds of 15 to 20 mph and gusts up to ?? [strong enough to literally stop you and/or blast you and your bike sideways a couple feet. Talking to others who have done the ride, it probably doesn't matter which way you go, if it's windy you are going to get clobbered at least 50 percent of the time as the route twists and turns above the canyons. [friends did this as a one-day, closckwise ride two weeks earlier and battled winds just as much as we did.) A little sand in places, lots of rock and hard surface; fast 4WD road. As others have stated, the limiting factor is carrying enough water; almost impossible even on a day in the 70s as we had. Counterclockwise you hit hardscrabble hill early and it seems a little easier in this direction. Murphy Hogback, in about the middle of the ride either way, also seems to be easier [not as loose] when doing it counterclockwise. BUT... counterclockwise brings you to the bottom of Shaeffer climbout after you have already ridden over 70 miles... brutal.

All in all, a great ride; nothing technical, and while it is strong workout, it really isn't that bad... provided you pace yourself, and have water and food available [however] to see you through to the end. Full suspension is nice, but I was on a hardtail and that was OK too... just more being up on your legs over the rocks. Work yourself up to some longer [off road] miles though, before attempting... and know your own best pace; don't try to ride to someone else's... or it could be a long nasty day. AND watch the weather; getting caught in a violent thunderstorm could turn this otherwise pleasant ride into a nightmare. Also, don't go attempt this in one day during the summer!

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Clockwise/Counterclockwise... probably a trade-off; without doing connector road, there is a little more climbing doing it counterclockwise. About 80 miles without doing the connector road up on top.

Similar Products Used: all of them. Moab and Fruita area are both awesome places to ride
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Mike Munno   [May 15, 2003]

we left at 5 in the morning and it took us 12 hours with around 2 hours of breaks. It as a great ride. Tons of wildflowes on the whiteRim( It had just rained). It is a very exposed trail in terms of sum . Mid may would be the latest I would like to ride it. It was between 85-90 degrees with almost no shad. 10 degrees hotter and it would have been brutal. We caried around 280 ounces of fluids. This was enough but we retured with only 10 ounces left. Bring more water then you can imagine. Its easy riding except for a couple of hills. A great ride to do if your into long distances. Its amazing how much country you can cover on a bike. I have a 4 day permit in september and cant wait to explore the rim more. have fun and bring lots of H20

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rode this trail clockwise

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Nancy Rizzo   [May 22, 2003]

This is one scenic tour and many hours in the seat which seemed to benefit road riders a little more than pure Mtn. bikers. There were 6 of us: Me, Husband Jon, Brother Chris and Sister in law Milissa, Uncle Steve and new friend Max. All capable riders but you never know on a 100 mile Mtn. Bike ride.
We left Mineral Bottom road around 5:30 am on April 12. Still dark out which didn't phase us since Moab was on fire the night before and the power was out anyway. (Make sure you have everything you need before you get to Moab in case it's on fire, especially FOOD). Mineral bottom was a nice easy slightly downhill road, even in the dark. By the time we were descending down the steep stuff it was twilight and the possible endo obstacles were easier to see,...sometimes. Don't get caught gawking at the Rim's magnificence on one of the few technical (loose rocky downhills) sections, there's plenty of flat road to let down your guard and see the beautiful scenery, for miles. I took 70+ pictures with my compact digital camera so make sure you stop every now and then to stretch and actually enjoy yourself. (and use the restroom).
Eat frequently, and definitely bring lot's of water and some energy drink, Thank you Cytomax, Powerbar, and my husband for making a bagel sandwhich that propelled me through the whole middle third of the ride.
Keep your pace up, this is not a leasurely ride. We figured we had to at least average 10mph and we beat that.
The slower climbing sections like Hardscrabble bottom, Murphy's Hogback and one or two others (that don't have names), can wear you out if you let them. Thankfully there are usually some gradual downhills and relatively flat sections in between them to revive yourself.
Being a pure mountain biker mostly riding technical singletrack, without a lot of LONG rides under my belt, I had a real hard time being in the saddle for that long. Nicely padded shorts were a plus as well as having a full suspension bike. You'll be sore, in different places. Neck and back take a beating with the position on the bike for hours and the extra weight of the pack.
Make sure you also look at a map before to have an idea of where you are. You'll experience everything out there. We we're prepared for cold, which it was in the morning to mechanical problems, to having to hike out or spend the night. Luckily the high clouds we're keeping the temp down which ranged from 40's -70's, so we're able to complete the loop back to Mineral bottom road in around 12 hours. Just over 9 hours of actual ride time, finishing with plenty of daylight left, and only one of us ran out of water.
Around 80+ miles into this trail we we're estatic to see the Shafer switchbacks if you can imagine that. Something like 1500 feet (?) of climbing in a few miles, and with a head wind to boot. Those pesky road riders we're all over it, as my husband and I had decided this was a good time to get off the bike and enjoy the scenery. Can you say "Bonk".
If you make it up this neverending hellacious climb it's a gentle rolling 8+ mile road ride back to Mineral Bottom road. Beware you may have to pay at the Gate to get out. It was closed when we came through. I don't know that any of us had money anyway. I probably carried the least and I had 260+ounces of water/cytomax(the least in the group), 8+powerbars/clifbars, 6 gel packs, 2 Bagel ham & cheese sandwhiches, organic gummy sharks, Trail Mix, Mustard(for cramping, really!), leg warmers, two jackets, tube, aspirin,etc...My fabulous husband carried the tools, for he's the mechanic in the bunch.
We we're very well prepared, and had an excellent guide. My uncle who's now ridden it 5-6 times so he kept us on track, and it was comforting to know someone had been there before and knew what they were doing.
In the end I think Max, the triathlete in the group, had us at 4000+ feet of climbing! Now that's a day well spent.
Anyone who does this deserves a pat on the back,
and a large dinner following.


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We rode it counter-clockwise and looped it from the Mineral Bottom Road turn off. 100+ miles.

Similar Products Used: Kokopelli. There's plenty to choose from.
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