Slick tires are a great help and some riders custom sew climbing shoe rubber onto old tire casings (see the story, LORD OF THE FLIES and our DREAMRIDE GUIDES SECTION). This is about an injury or accident As you reach the bottom release your brakes to gain the needed momentum. in 1986 we branched out to belize, kayaking and camping along the barrier reef. 9.7mi Navajo Sandstone is generally smooth and rolling due to its support by the Kayenta Sandstone layers beneath, which act much like mylar layers in a bullet proof vest, absorbing the weight of the Navajo with layer upon layer of thin, hard sandstone. • One in a lifetime trail, Joel and I. The injury of choice on slickrock is a broken hip caused by using too much rear brake and not weighting it properly. Go straight through the stopsign and follow the … On some sidehills you can abort by diving down and off the hill, but sometimes this is obviously impossible. 10h 18m, Different, smooth & slippery 5mi, 10.7mi 9.3mi 3h 30m, Definitely more than 700-odd ft climbing. So beautiful. I grin when I remember how good it was. — — Had to get down to Gallup NM for work. NOTES ON RIDING THE SLICKROCK TRAIL: Persons wishing to ride the Slickrock Trail should be aware that no water is available at the trailhead, and that a minimal fee is required to enter the Sand Flats Recreation Area. It can be very dangerous to ride Navajo slickrock in winter! 2182 US-191. It is not a boring dirt path trail ride! needed more water. Once your tire breaks loose the momentum will carry you down the side. I turned around after a few miles because I… 1,393' Down awesome as always. In the sand don't give up! no fun. As for equipment considerations, the most beneficial aspects of the bike that help with sidehilling are a high bottom bracket and short crank arms. Slickrock Bike Trail This 10.5-mile loop crosses a scenic and rugged expanse of rolling Navajo Sandstone , the remnant of an ancient desert environment of wind blown sand dunes. 10.7mi. Rarely do you leave your easiest gears and "spin" at an easy cadence. Swing up and back, up and back, until it is a smooth motion that does not effect your line. There are also very nice Navajo Sandstone rides such as Monitor and Merrimac (sandy as hell, too) and more obscure routes known to a very few driven riders, such as the picture above taken in true Navajo country where the formation got its name. The good news is that you have lots of traction. Didn’t have time to finish — throughout the years, slickrock adventures has grown into a leader in adventure sport ecotourism. Steep short pitches that I cannot believe a person can climb on a bike but it is doable. 3h 30m, incl. Although the trail is not particularly challenging in a technical sense, the steep climbs and lack of shade can make it a physically challenging ride. Imagine riding on the outside of a basketball. Sunset is a spectacular time to be out, as long as you know you can get back before dark! — tough short steep climbs. SANDSTONE SURFACES: Around Moab we have a number of varieties of sandstone to ride on. — 2h 57m, Mind blowing. For those with the ability and will to take on the endeavor, it can be a joy. 10.7mi You want to be in the right gear before the transition. 2h 00m, so much cardio — now keep in mind I've written all over Utah and Arizon… slickrock adventures. Was quite hot by the time I got back... but well worth it! 17.1 km NOT OKAY! 12h 00m. 11mi. 11mi Download the free Trailforks App to use your phone’s GPS to help you navigate on this ride… although this ride is easy to do as you simply follow the paint on the rocks. 265.6 m Up 1h 26m, Didn't have time for full loop. It was another great day in Moab. Take advantage of this expertise with a SLICKWEEK VACATION. 781' Down Brake release is always a bit different for each transition situation, but generally you will release the front first and using the rear to feather your momentum into and through the transition. 3h 43m, 11mi classic Moab The bad news is that momentum can sometimes be your worst enemy. — — Be gentle and lower yourself until you barely touch the knobs. This 10.5-mile (16.9 km) trail takes riders over a landscape of petrified sand dunes and the eroded remnants of ancient sea beds. The ups and downs are steep for sure. The Moab Entrada Slickrock Tongue is the cream of slickrock surfaces in the area and comprises most of the rides in the Rainbow Rocks area and the off-limits psychedelic rollies in Arches National Park. Cool to ride all slickrock, but there are better options nearby. Inasmuch, bikers should allow 4 hours to ride the … 10.7mi • 265.27 m Down, 8.3 mi Keeping your weight back means that you avoid the two worst things that can happen; an endo or a side slide out. Left 7:30am. improvements 11mi It's unlike most other types of mountain biking trails. Dreamride scouts its exotic rides using a helicopter combined with follow up ground scouting. — Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Hidden Sedona hike: Get red-rock views … After completing the 6 mile loop, return on the same 2 mile trail. 3h 00m, Sandy waiting. Watch for bits of sand on the upslope and if the sand at the bottom of the transition is wet, WATCH OUT. Helmets are a must, gloves will help the pads of your hands not get ripped up by the rough slickrock when you fall. • — I have 1366 ft. — 3h 45m, Really great condition, the cool wind made this ride perfect. 5,701' Down Dreamride does this for the film industry as well. 4mi 424.69 m Down, 10.8 mi Lots of climbs but still an incredible trail • Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office, 16.0 mi Entire loop; with Sheri and Jason and Jared. This takes a bit of leg strength. Read more. Steep. Ride safe! Practice this skill on the flats before you try it on a steep section of trail. The front brake is your best friend. — Something else? PLEASE don't bring your dog - the burning hot sandstone surface tears away their paw pads, leaving them raw and bloody halfway through the ride. This is the first ride on our spectacular Norway Lofoten (& Narvik) trip. Ever! The first rule is stay relaxed. 11mi It’s easy to visit Lamanai from Belize City as a day trip, and here’s how I did it as an independent … Bring lots of water, avoid hot days, and come early or late in the day to avoid crowds. Yes, it's a fun ride, but it's more of a novelty than anything else. — 864' Up Great day! 10.6mi, 9.4mi — — If you like riding slickrock then you have to check this out! 10.7mi The Navajo, as a result, is uniformly eroded by alternating desert sun and cold nights, causing it to "round off." The white dots are easy to follow. Momentum and weight shifts facilitate clean transitions. While you are back there try turning the bike in a circle. too hot and long to finish. Look for tiny ledges that you can ride on, but don't let your tire slip off of one of these little platforms. bring lots of water, Great ride for some good views and steep down hill sections. Slickrock definition is - smooth wind-polished rock. As you enter the transition your weight will still be at the back of the bike. 25.8 km 28.2 km 5h 00m, 9.4mi Moab, Slickrock – Advanced Route – 2-5+ hours. OP if I'm understanding you correctly you're looking to ride from Dove Creek to Slickrock via the route on Road 10. Only experience will show you just what gear to grab BEFORE you head down. The Sand Flats Recreation Area (SFRA) near Moab, Utah is a nationally significant public lands treasure at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. You'll come to the, The rock is Navajo Sandstone: 200 million year old petrified sand dunes from the, First time on trail and definitely first time on that much steep slick rock. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Banging that inside pedal is right out, and clipping out on the downhill side can mean death and/or dismemberment. :), 10.5mi — — 9.1mi 13h 49m, My legs cramped Dreamride is the only tour company to hold a permit, or even know about, this particular area. Plan to take adequate water, food, a small bike repair kit, headlamp and a jacket. 11mi 1h 49m, Damn! We also offer a more mellow option - please call to request! — Filmed & edited… From graded roads to singletrack trails, you can choose a new adventure for each day of your visit… and your … 13mi It's open to motorized dirt bikes. 2h 30m, Solo sesh, met Ty at end of trail with 2 year old strapped to frame haha, Steep. — This is a long, generally straight in direction, section of trail. 10.6mi 17.5 km A special note on Navajo Sandstone: The lichens that inhabit the rock are not only fragile, but hold a small amount of moisture that freezes in low temperatures. Still a hard ride but so worth it Bring water and a camera - it's GORGEOUS! Descending on slickrock: As you roll over the top of your climb check the downside. The Moab area offers tremendous diversity for motorcycle trail riding. 10.7mi Very very scenic and legendary 1,393' Up Some technical terrain and limited alternate lines. 0h 59m, Amazing ride. Some riders prefer the middle ring and largest cog in the rear, others want that granny gear, but it is always a judgment call to maintain speed and momentum. — First Annual “Art for Trails” event comes off without a hitch. These layers are riddled with holes called solution pockets that make for some pretty challenging obsticles. 9.9mi Remember: You do not want to fall on slickrock! 7mi, I lived on the Grand Junction area for 8 years and finally did this ride for the first time. Funnnnnnesssss!!! Avoid tires with any kind of siping. — Concentrate on the surface ahead and avoid solution pockets, those swiss cheese holes in the rock, and especially avoid the greener slickrock layers. Technical terrain with no alternate lines. Front braking in a sandy transition is not a good idea at all. — Most of the ride along Slickrock features no wildlife. It is not fun for everyone — at least, not if you hate walking your bike uphill, which I still find myself doing at times when I’m on the trail. 3h 30m, Russ and I rode in Jeep tour on Utah 5 National Park RV Trip. This is tricky because varying degrees of steepness of the downslope and upslope and the severity of the transition necessitate varying speed and braking. 1h 42m, 2nd go at it, this time with some light Turn right onto Mill Creek Rd. Slickrock is demanding and rewarding. But many MANY "not-very-good" bikers ride this trail, with many short hikes over the tough spots. An advanced skill is to lean the bike out from the hill while remaining over the contact patch on the inside. … Stay upright and pump away until your rear tire hits rock. A must! A good practice is to swing back over the rear tire and while in the most extreme position, try to stop the bike with your ass on the tire. Spam? Doable, but very strenuous! 2182 US-191, Moab, UT 84532, USA. 3h 13m, Cactus incident It also has some significant climbs, some fast, flowy sections of trail, a very technical descent, and immeasurable scenery. 263.42 m Down. 1,336' Down Continue along the dashed line as it winds up and over more low fins and across sandy washes back towards the main trail, with a number of short but steep climbs and drops. Keep your weight way back on steep descents, like you are trying to wipe your ass with your rear tire. 4.1mi, Wet trail, practice loop + full loop. 10.7mi If you absolutely must bring them, bring extra water - make sure they leave the water in the potholes for the local wildlife. Slickrock is often called one of the best bike ride in America: it is one of the coolest, most unique experiences you can have on your bike. Welcome to Moab!! — 3h 00m, 1 practice loop and the main loop lots of UP short donws. Some transitions on slickrock will have deep cuts at the very bottom made by water erosion. 407.2 m Down, 10.6 mi Descending on slickrock: As you roll over the top of your climb check the downside. 1,342' Up If you go over the bars, you weren't far enough back. The Entrada is home to dangerous dropoffs and vertical exposure, as with the Navajo, but Entrada rides generally require a faith in your skills and equipment that is tantamount to religion. 12.2mi, 1600 ft of gain. Digging that rear tire in at the right moment makes all the difference. You'll rejoin the Slickrock Trail around the 3/4 mile mark. — Almost any tire will grab well enough to cling on a sidehill, but avoid weird compounds like those green Michelins! 99% of the riding is on sandstone! Hell's Revenge trail near Moab has slickrock with steep descents, climbs, and sharp turns. 1736.36 m Up 2h 32m, I ran out of WATER!!! — 10.7mi Please explain. — Harder climbs than I remember. The entire trail is very exposed and very crowded. It's easy to try a section over and over again until you "get it." The Slickrock Trail is rated high technical difficulty and high aerobic requirement. 5h 00m, Gotta ride Slickrock. These require attention. by F Felix A high plain of 10.7mi • The next morning we took advantage of the slow motel wifi to look at 871' Up Small pedals help also. 12mi Moderately steep. 10mi, A must do!! Nov 5, 2009: First Annual “Art for Trails” event comes off without a hitch. Very steep. You need to be able to cleanly clear the saddle and swing back behind it without snagging your shorts or wobbling. 1h 58m, Brutal on a low end xc hardtail (Diamondback Overdrive 29er) and only four months of riding experience. Hard, but satisfying. I thought I was in for a treat at that first 2 foot drop, but the whole thing was pretty pedestrian. Slickrock is a lollipop style trail. So sick!!! • This is a great trail for all levels of off-roading. and 1 other. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and Transitions: At the bottom of the steeps are abrupt rock g-outs and deep sand. Tread is OK as long as it is carved INTO the tire, not raised ridges like the Ritchey Moabite slick that has a thin line of siping along the outside. Look before you leap. There are other ridable slickrock layers, like the top of the ledgy Kayenta, the cap of the Morrison, and some portions of the Wingate, but the layers mentioned above will keep us busy enough for now. 3h 02m, Had a great ride with my buddy. It begins as an out-and-back, but it has a large loop on the end of the out-and-back section. Unless something has changed, I think this is more jeep/4WD type terrain if it's even passable by them. Had just an unreal time. Heard this was a scary one but ah and I felt pretty happy going down all of it. 10.9mi Eastern Slickrock Ride This figure-8 loop ride has a ton of special features, including what makes riding at DuPont unique: large sections of slickrock on the Cedar and Big Rock trails. There are deeper red layers that are thin and very bumpy, but also very grippy. The Slickrock Bike Trail is only 12 miles long and can prove absolutely exasperating. The Rico and Moencopi layers are home to some of the some gritty sandpaper rides, but at Dreamride we know of no other bikers who ride these layers. Riders using shoes and pedals with "clipless" cleats should be good at escaping the pedals … Follow the white stripes, stay on the trail, and do not disturb the cryptobiotic soil or water filled potholes. 408.96 m Up You'll end at. 1737.71 m Down, 17.5 mi 8h 00m, Counter clockwise Breitweiser’s hiking. 782' Up Dreamride offers photos and descriptions of, and day tours in SPECIAL SLICKROCK AREAS. Keep your weight way back on steep descents, like you are trying to wipe your ass with your rear tire. Amazing views however, Must ride if you were in Moab hit it early in your trip because you’ll need the power, 10.5mi Total mileage is approximately 10.7 miles, to lengthen your ride add in the practice loop for an extra couple miles of fun. 9.3mi Once you are on rock again the wheel will bite hard if there is no loose sand on the rock and your tire is not carrying wet sand. 1h 00m, yes This is the dangerous point and you should practice on easy transitions and work your way up to the steeps. The Slickrock Trail may be the most fun of Moab trails. Glad I listened to the people at the Chili Pepper bike shop and went early in the morning and not in the afternoon! — Weather was a bit warm and winds were high. It's longer than it looks. You do not want to cause your tires to break loose in the least. • Not pretty! As you begin your ascent and momentum slows, shift your weight over the front of the bike and utilize climbing skills to get out. 238.35 m Up Matt, Chad, and Mike ride a typical section of trail. Rode out and back to overlook. Ride early morning or else you'll cook like an egg. From town, take 400 West off of Main Street. 870' Down Gearing is usually set to come on solid on the upside, while gravity will control your speed and momentum on the downside. If your wheels are slipping, you ain't doing it right. Only for people in good fitness The views are spectacular, but the trail is mediocre. Navajo Sandstone trails such as the Moab Slickrock Trail and Poison Spider Mesa are the traditional haunts of the thousands of mountain bike tourists who come to Moab every season. As your front wheel reaches the bottom of the hill keep the weight back, shifting forward with the transition. 2h 44m, Beautiful ride and steep in places 159.5 km — • — 2h 00m, Have fun!!! Next, you must pedal with a very even stroke. double than what the app says. Look before you leap. Slickrock is a deeply challenging ride. 11mi. You should bike it at sunset to enjoy the scenery. Read the SAND SKILLS SECTION to gain understanding of how to deal with deep sand in these transitions. A fun ride that gets HOT in the afternoons. The Slickrock Trail, is a popular mountain biking destination with worldwide fame that is located in Grand County, Utah, United States, a few miles northeast of the city of Moab.. — Recent Examples on the Web Hiking through the trail’s constant parade of bends, nooks, rockfalls and slickrock slopes never feels contrived and complements the natural rhythm of the land. 2h 20m, so dope! — It is sort of the mountain bike equivalent of black ice. Type of Riding: XC, All-Mountain Distance: 14.2 km Elevation Gain: 440 meters Estimate time to do this ride: 2-5+ … fell and slid down a rock face. Originally established in 1969, for motorcycles, the trail has become a popular destination for mountain bikers. awesome challenging ride. Gorgeous vi If you are behind the saddle on a downhill, both brakes grab. 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