Ride the Slick Rock Mountain Bike Trail

Rate this Adventure Slickrock Trail, Moab, Utah, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Mountain Biking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    10.7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    819 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
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Ride the world famous Slick Rock mountain bike trail. A twisty turn single track trail filled with punchy climbs and all the traction you can handle. 

The Slick Rock mountain bike trail is a great trail option for all skill levels looking to get a taste of what Moab has to offer. The trail is unique in that it is almost entirely on rock, with only a few patches of sand and mud scattered throughout the 10 mile loop. The trail is easy to follow despite the lack of actual "trail" thanks to a series of white dashed lines winding through the landscape. While creativity is encouraged it is best to follow the white lines closely because steep exposed drops do exist and can pop up unexpectedly in blind spots. While the majority of the terrain is not very technical, the trail is littered with short steep climbs which can be very tiring for new riders. Beginners would be advised to first ride the practice loop, marked clearly by white arrows leading off the main trail. The main trail is a 2 mile trail out to an additional 6 mile loop. After completing the 6 mile loop, return on the same 2 mile trail. Total mileage is approximately 10.7 miles, to lengthen your ride add in the practice loop for an extra couple miles of fun. 

Be sure to bring lots of water, snacks and sun screen because this trail features no shade and is very tiring despite its moderate length. The trail also crosses paths with 4x4 trails so its best to keep an eye out for off road vehicles crossing the trail. Extra hot days should be avoided and best times to ride this trail are in the morning or late afternoon. One of the most unique experiences you'll have on a mountain bike, Slick Rock is a trail you're not likely to forget any time soon.

Pack List

  • Inner Tube/Patch Kit 
  • Hydration Pack 
  • Bike Tool 
  • Camera
  • High Energy Snacks 
  • Camera 
  • Cell Phone
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Isaac Orloff

Professional artist by day, adventurer by night, but sometimes both at once. Originally from the east coast, but in the Bay to Stay. Avid mountain biker, outdoor enthusiast and lover of all things on wheels. Find me @isaacorloff to follow my illustrated adventures

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