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Published by Michele Reaume Hill
Trail Descriptions of Moab Utah Mountain Biking
Trail Descriptions of Moab Utah Mountain Biking

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Published by: Michele Reaume Hill on Jan 18, 2012
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 Trail Descriptions by area(Name, Skill Level, Miles, Type of Ride)
Klondike Bluff Focus Area
1.Klondike Bluff (4x4 road)
Length-8.2-miles out & back from Klondike trailhead (14 miles out & back fromhighway)Difficulty-Some sections physically challenging (~600 ft climb); technicallyeasy/moderate The ride-The Klondike Bluffs Trail represents a step up in terms of exertion andskills required, but is still enjoyable for fit novice mountain bikers. The routefollows a jeep trail across Moab Member slickrock imprinted with fossilizeddinosaur tracks. The jeep trail terminates at the boundary of Arches NationalPark, where a short hike leads to the top of the bluffs and an impressiveviewpoint. The Klondike Bluffs Road from Hwy-191is bumpy but maintained forpassenger cars (except when wet) to the Trailhead and it’s worth driving to thetrailhead and skipping the ride on the dirt road.2.
Baby Steps Loop (Includes the two Baby Steps singletrack sections)
Length-Ridden from the Highway 191 trailhead, the trail out and back is 20.7miles. Allow 3 hours for the complete loop. From the Klondike trailhead out andback is 14.9 miles.Difficulty-Don’t be fooled into thinking that the name of this trail means it iseasy. It is the quintessential desert ride with all types of terrain. You will have toclimb almost 1700 ft. The first two singletrack sections were specificallydesigned for mountain bikes and offer some fun, semi-technical riding that willchallenge any rider. The last singletrack section back to the valley floor is a fundownhill. PLEASE be considerate of the trail markings, STAY ON THE TRAIL, andkeep it single track. The ride-At the first intersection beyond the sandy wash and big cottonwoodtrees, look for the Baby Steps sign pointing left. Ride along through Little Valley(also part of the Copper Ridge Jeep Route), and keep an eye out for the righthand turn that leads to some fun sloping slickrock, and cairns marking the routeall the way to the first singletrack section. This is not high speed singletrack,more like tight, semi-technical maneuvering. Keep your speed in check toeliminate blowing out of the corners and creating unsightly, environmentallyunfriendly, tracks. At the intersection of more slickrock, go left and look fordinosaur tracks as you peddle to the next singletrack. The trail intersects a jeeproad and traverses slickrock until it intersects the Klondike Bluffs Trail. BabySteps turns to the left and climbs up the hill and over the ridge. This nextsection, sometimes referred to as The Three Passes, offers some challengingclimbing, fast riding, interesting mining sites, and a great downhill! Once back in
Little Valley, hang a left that will lead you back past the beginning of the BabySteps ride.
Length- Out and back from the start off of the Baby Steps Loop trail is 7.6 miles(3.8 mi one-way)Difficulty-physically and technically challenging. It was named EKG for 2reasons--the track on a map and the elevation profile look like EKG charts, andriding either direction will punch up your heart rate. The total climb in eitherdirection is ~600 ft. The ride-The trail begins half way up the initial slickrock climb of the baby StepsLoop. At the sign turn north and follow the orange painted dashes on theslickrock. The trail entails riding up and down slickrock to cross numerousdrainages cut into the sandstone. It is sometimes bumpy, very technical,physically demanding, and incredibly fun.
4.Little Salty
Length-A 1.7 mi bail trail off of the Baby Steps Loop. Connects the Loop to thevalley road (Copper Ridge Rd)Difficulty-The trails is partially on a closed 2-track and partially on slickrock. If you ride up you'll climb 446 ft (262 ft/mi). Going down is much more enjoyable. The ride-From the Baby Steps Loop the trail begins as you finish the climb out of Salt Valley. The beginning 2-track descends to a slickrock trail marked with golddashes that is more twisty, rough, and steep, before intersecting with the EKGtrail. Continue following the gold dashes until reaching the Copper Ridge Rd. It'sa fun, short down grade run.
5.Mega Steps
Length-A 3.1-mile trail from Baby Steps Loop to the Copper Ridge Rd.Difficulty-This trail has a variety of interesting terrain - slickrock, wooded, dirt,and closed 2-track. Riding up from Copper Ridge Rd you will climb 823 ft at a5% grade(average) challenging the heart and lungs. The ride-Either direction (up or down) keeps your attention with swoopingcurves, slickrock raceways, rock-paved bench cuts, mildly technical ascents,and incredible views of Salt Valley and Eagle Park (Arches NP). Don't miss thisone.
MOAB Brands Focus Area
1.Bar-M Loop
Length-7.9 milesDifficulty-Non technical but somewhat physical. Total climb is 625 feet in eitherdirection. Some steep roller coaster hills to climb at the north end. Averagegrade about 3%. Type of ride- A mellow family ride on a dirt road with rocky sections. Sharedmotorized. From the parking lot ride West to the paved path, then southtowards Moab, then turn left in 1.2 miles following the directional signs. At the“Merge” turn left and head back North to complete the Bar-M Loop. At the“Merge” you will encounter trailheads for two other trails. Rockin’A and Bar-B.
2.Rusty Spur
Length-1.5 milesDifficulty-Easy loop with gentle grades. Two cattle guards to power up and over.Includes about 150 feet of climb either direction. Average grade about 3%.

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