Mountain Bike Moab's Porcupine Rim

Utah Porcupine Rim Trail

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One of the most acclaimed rides in Moab.10 miles of technical downhill.

This ride is one of the most popular in Moab, let alone the state of Utah. With that said, you probably won't have the trail to yourself so be sure to take time to hangout at the best vista points and chat with the other riders. Although the shuttles try to stagger the drop-offs, there will be riders coming in from the road at various times, so keep an eye out.

Be sure to pack plenty of water and food with you as it can get extremely hot out there and the ride can take longer than expected. Once you're sure you've got the supplies you need, get ready, because this ride provides you with stunning views of Castle Valley as you head along the rim. The climb at the beginning will get you breathing hard as you gain virtually all 1,000 ft in this 3 mile stretch. Once you reach the viewpoint on the rim, catch your breath, grab a little water, and prepare yourself for 10 miles of amazing, but rather technical, downhill.

This ride finishes up near the Negro Bill Canyon Trailhead where you can shuttle into town. Check in with Poison Spider Bikes or Coyotte Shuttle to work out details of your shuttle to and from the trail.

Be advised that this is a really tough and technical ride with dangerous cliffsides. Newer riders can absolutely take it on, but be sure you're with at least one other more experienced rider and, as always, let somebody know where you're headed and when you plan to return.

Pack List

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • MTB gear
  • Water (bring extra)
  • Food
  • Repair kit
  • Additional tire inner tube
  • Sun block
  • GoPro
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3 months ago

If You Can Only Do One Ride Then This Is It!

Awesome, fast, mostly technical ride, without a ton of pedaling if you take a shuttle service. The views are spectacular. I saw people riding everything from a full rigid, to fat bike, to 6+ inch travel full suspension. If you take the shuttle I would recommend at least a full suspension xc bike but I believe the ideal bike is an all mountain/enduro. I rode a Santa Cruz Nomad 6.75" travel bike and could not wipe the grin off my face from top of the trail to the bottom where it dumps out on the road. That bike just ate up everything the trail could toss at me with ease. The ride back to town isn't record breaking but worth the fun on the trail. This was the fastest most flowing ride I did in Moab.

3 months ago

about 2 years ago

Mike, you are absolutely right. Perhaps my best memories on a Mnt bike have been on this trail. Fast sections, technical but most of all spectacular views. A MUST for any one serious about finding the most remarkable rides.

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

If you mountain bike, this is an absolute must ride trail. Ideally, you'll shuttle up into the La Sal mountains as high as the weather allows, hopefully being able to do The Whole Enchilada. Regardless, Porcupine Rim is one of the best trails on the planet.

about 2 years ago

Added by John Maurizi

Activities:

Photography, Mountain Biking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Point-to-Point

Distance:

15 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1000 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Scenic

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