White Rim Trail - TRAIL

White Rim Trail - Trail, Moab, Utah

The trail is a four wheel drive road with alot of open, beautiful riding. There is outhouses every 10-20 miles. From the trailhead you can see the river about 2000 feet below you. you ride switchbacks down 1000 feet and thats the White Rim sandstone which is the majority of the ride. The trail has some of the most beautiful desert scenery I have ever seen. At the end of the trail there is a climb up Horse Thief Trail, which is 1000 feet up switchbacks. It is

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danielrichards   Cross Country Rider [Aug 02, 2011]

As far as scenery goes this is the best Moab/Canyon Lands has to offer. The trail is not very technical but it is physically difficult. If you plan on riding it from Aug 2011 on make sure you talk to the reservation office about trail closure. The green river was over the trail when we did it last week and so we were only able to do an out and back. We rode close to 40 miles in to Gooseberry Camp and then rode back out through Schaffers (pretty rough climb). Its possible to do in a one day epic but make sure you are in superb shape. Having a sag wagon back you up with water and gear makes the ride much more enjoyable.

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Traditionally this is a loop route. If you are supported with a sagwagon its probably best to start at the top of Schaffers, if not you may want to think about going the reverse direction.

Similar Products Used: You can access this from Potash, coming out of Moab and make a decent loop going up Schaffer's. It would be a fairly gruelling ride but you would see a ton of good scenery.
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palmerlaker   Weekend Warrior [Nov 03, 2009]

Just completed a 4day 3night ride a week ago. The day before the trip it rained like crazy in Moab, all the slick rock around town had numerous waterfalls. We started out on the Shafer trailhead, but due to rain the day before we couldn't begin until around noon. Also prepostioned a couple of vehicles over at the top of mineral bottom road to save 15 mi on the way out.
The group consisted of 8 guys from Utah, Colo, Az and Ill (6riders and 2support vehicles). I met most of them on the first morning and after several days made some new life long friends. It was a fantastic ride, 1rst day was about 17mi (3.5hrs)then camped at Airport, we stopped all the time to take pictures of the incredible scenery, then had a gourment meal of pasta with all the fixens. I can't say I had a better meal in finer restaurant. The next day was a 27mi ride to Murphys, more stops for pictures and a great lunch on the support vehicles. A couple of guys hiked to the top of Island in the Sky via the Gooseberry Trail (2.5mi one way) and caught up with us later. That night we had great meal w/chili and spent the evening stargazing. Day 3 had pretty much a downhill ride(22mi)to potato bottom, neat camp spot next to the green river, found some camp chairs left by the previous campers. The special thing about this area was the contrasts. A stark desert landscape next to the most thick forest/underbrush jungle that I had ever see. If there wasn't a trail hacked through it, we wouldn't have been able to get to the river. Our meal was beef stew and sandwich leftovers, still tasted great! A few more guys made a side trip to see the native american grainery and the Fort Bottom ruins(8mi RT). Their pictures were awesome, wish I would have went. The final day was kinda anti-climatic for me knowing I was going to leave this beautiful place and head back to the real world. More wonderful things to take pictures of, 1hr climb up the mineral bottom road and our cars came into view, then I knew it was over.

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We started on the Shafer side went to the mineral bottom direction, to me after the 1rst day it was more downhill that direction, or it could be when your having fun the trail always goes downhill!
The first couple of days we saw folks coming the other way with very muddy bikes and vehicles, they got caught in the rainstorms and had some challeging times on the trail.
I want to thank Neland,Ed,David,Ron,Craig,Bob and Larry(our muti-media guy)for a wonderful trip. Already working plans for next fall!!!

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Bennett Colburn   Downhiller [Apr 11, 2009]

I've ridden the loop counterclockwise memorial day for the past 5 years, the first time i was 9 and way over whelmed on my 6 gear gary fisher, over the next few years it's gotten easier but still challenging because of the distance. We use one support vehicle for 7 people. I get in the support vehicle for some of the secound day but the first and third day are very doable (30 and 20 miles). Amazing scenenery and fun rides the potatoe bottom camp site is the best because in the late summer and fall you can swim in the green river. Bring lots of ice and dry ice to keep your food water and gatorade cold and refreshing and bring a canopy in case it rains. LOTS OF GATORADE is great and my dad always brings beer for a the end of the day, brig salty foods like pickles for lunch because they'll replenish your electrolytes. bring some sort of mister to cool ppl off and a good first aid kit, we go with 2 doctors that has proven very useful several times. Once i had a splinter in my foot and they had a syringe and something to numb my foot, he dug the splinter out and stiched it up. SO bring a doctor if you can, other than that its very fun.

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Go to Mineral Road to mineral bottom then eat lunch on top the the switch backs, after that ride potatoe bottom, try and do it in the fall so you can swim in the river. The next day is a grueling 50 miles through one moderate climb and one extremly steep climb. We eat lunch on top of murphys then push to airport (this is a boreing camp that's usally windy) The final day is fun with alot long downhills. You have to take some time to look at muscle man arch and walk across it. The final climb out is a pain and all the cars coming down is a pain.

Similar Products Used: Gooseberry Mesa
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4
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theDOman   Weekend Warrior [Feb 20, 2009]

Awesome trail. Did it last year for Spring Break (mid-march) with 3 nights/4 days, 10 people, 2 support vehicles. Incredible views and scenery. Very remote. Our ride was fairly easy because we had 4 days, we rode roughly 25 miles a day. I already have a permit to do it this year for spring break, except this time we have 4 nights and 5 days so we can do more side hikes and exploring.
In mid-march it can still get a little chilly at night and in the morning in canyonlands, and you are not allowed to have a campfire in the campgrounds along the trail. I would recommend bringing warm clothes if you do it at this time of the year.
Other than that, it is a pretty easy ride with several fairly steep uphills, and a couple of technical off-road sections. There was one part in the road that one of our support vehicles had trouble getting thorough (it was a Ford Explorer - worst SUV EVER!), but any even half capable truck (maybe even an outback) shouldn't have any problems.

Awesome ride, everybody who calls themselves a mountain biker should do it at least once in their life.

Customer Service

Definately go clockwise around the trail (start at the shafer trail). ALSO make sure to call Canyonlands NP before you start if you do it early in the season (like March) because some years the shafer trail is too icy to be open that early. This happened to us, and we had to drive around and take the Potash Road.

Similar Products Used: Its moab, seriously? Everything is bomb-diggity-chronic riding.
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Webbman   Cross Country Rider [Nov 10, 2003]

Just got back from doing the White Rim trail this week. It is an epic ride that anybody can do. It only has 3 big climbs and the rest is rolling terrain with fabulous views everywhere. We did it in three day . 1st day 30 miles to Gooseberry camp,2nd day 40 miles to Hard Scrabble Camp and 30 Miles back to the visitors center.

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The pnly thing I cna say that others have not is that you will need to bring extra padded riding shorts. The trail can be very rough and it does take its toll on your ass. I dont care how often you bike it will take its toll on your bottom!! Bring your camera because there are numerous Photo ops with drop dead scenery. We went from the Visitors center down Shaffer Trail and clock wise back up Mineral Road/Horse Thief and back to the visitors center. Toatal mileage from point to point was 100.3 miles and I added the White Crack trail that added 3 miles as well.

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Shane   [Jan 26, 2000]

Really fun multi-day ride (100 miles). Best split up into 3 day riding and two days camping. A permit is required for camping. The views are absolutly incredible and the best part of the ride. The riding is farily easy and all on jeep roads. There are only 3 attention getting climbs, Murphys Hogback, Hardscrabble,and Horsethief. We normally like to do it in the spring before it gets too hot, we take about 14 people, 2 support vehicles (everyone drives about 15 miles), lots of beer and tequilla and have a great time. The ride can be done in a day by strong riders but it kind of defeats the purpose. If you must, be sure to carry lots of water and do it on a full moon, you can start 4 or 5 am and knock off half the ride before it starts to gets to hot.

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Stay on Trail at all times!!! Preserve the crypto.

Similar Products Used: Kokopelli's 156 miles from Grand Junction, CO to Moab
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J. Minter   [Feb 10, 2000]

This trail has (as mentioned above) really great scenery. Like, postcard scenery. It's that good.

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Straight up, and down.

Similar Products Used: DON'T RIDE ON CRYPTO :)
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Accident Man   [May 31, 2000]

This was my first mountain bike excursion and wow, what a view. The rocks, cliffs, formations and canyons are beyond words. The ride was my first so I got a little saddle sore. However, now I am about to buy my first bike and hopefully take that trail at least once a year. There is a lot of easy flats, 3 ascents that will put hair on any chest, and some of the coolest downhills. Some of it will make the feeble (yours truly) get off and walk up the wicked hills. But once at the top you can get off and lose yourself in what's to see. A once-in-a-lifetime experience you can do as often as time permits.

Customer Service

Park at Island in the Sky and pretty much just start peddlin'.

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Nick the Mountnbikeman   [Jul 26, 2000]

I've done it unsupported with a backpack..but most of the weight is water...take lots. You could hike down & back a foot only trail in advance to the Murphys camp area and cache several gallons of water..Most people do this with a 4WD support vehicle and make a gourmet trip out of it. No open fires tho..but you can poach salmon, asparagus, have fine food, the best scenery, share driving. or rent vehicle and driver from Kaibab tours in Moab. They are great. Take all the gear and comfort items you want on the truck. I like this best in 3 or 4 days, just for the camping comeraderie, and time to explore. Don't miss White Crack, Black Crack, Holeman Slot, the Fremont ruins. Easy riding, anyone can do it. We go every Spring. Option to begin in Moab, at the Potash Plant road. Good idea to leave a car at the top of the Horsethief hill exit, to avoid a 12 mile dusty dirt road to highway.

Customer Service

Best to ride it clockwise, starting from Island in Sky.Call way ahead to get permit from Canyonlands Park. Do it one day or 5....all fun, scenic, easy.

Similar Products Used: Moab has lots, but you gotta do this one. A true classic, on a road, but so fine you forget about single track for a while.
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John   [Oct 05, 2000]

We did it with four nights of camping and 4.5 days of riding. Down Schaffer to Airport camp the first night, then to White Crack, Candlestick and Labyrinth. The White Crack and Labyrinth sites are stunning. Only one site at White Crack. This is doable at this 20-30 mi/day pace by someone in moderate shape, except for a few steep uphills that can be walked or SAGged. Take your time, hike around and enjoy the camping. Blowing through in one day would give me testosterone poisoning.

Customer Service

Start at the Schaffer trail side. Most of the traffic will be going the same way as you which is important when you have support rigs.

Similar Products Used: Slickrock must me ridden. Nothing else like it anywhere. Bartlett wash is like an "open" slickrock area. Ride where you want!
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