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added by Guest on December 31, 2002
 
To put this ride down in words would do it no justice!! You must ride Porcupine Rim and see it first hand for yourself! Great climb at the beginning, breathtaking views of Castle Valley from the rim, followed by an extremely technical downhill. And then to top off, some of the most amazing singletrack anywhere! One of the riders in our group, Steve, put it perfectly...."That was the most technical singletrack I've ever walked!!" And Steve is an excellent rider, so may that be a warning to the beginner/intermediate riders out there!!

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Blaine on May 18, 2014
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Review: Just rode the trail today, 5/18, and it is in wonderful this time of year. Not to hot yet, completely dry and insane Terrian. Definitely a must do in Moab.

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Will Kelley on April 28, 2014
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Review: Cant believe that this is all you have for Moab, it really should be the Whole Enchilada...Burro Pass, Hazard, UPS, LPS, then Porcupine....all told 7000 ft. from treeline at 11,200 to 4,000 at the Colorado river! Get with it boys, and get out of the 1990's.

Similar Trail: Amasa Back, Portal trail

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Greg Heil on April 29, 2014
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Review: Um, I'm not really sure where you get off by saying "this is all you have for Moab," as we have the Whole Enchilada listed here: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/the-whole-enchilada.html Burro Pass listed here: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/burrow-pass.html Hazard County listed here: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/hazard-county.html UPS and LPS listed here: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/kokopelli-ups-lps.html and dozens more Moab trails listed here: http://www.singletracks.com/Mountain-Bike-Trails-bike-trails_0.html?sortBy=field167:ASC&filterBy=|loc:38.573333~-109.549167~25~Moab, UT Also, I've covered the Whole Enchilada in detail here: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/i-ate-the-whole-enchilada-in-moab/ and even chose it as my favorite ride ever here: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/the-pros-weigh-in-whats-your-favorite-trail-part-1/ So, before you say we don't give The Whole Enchilada its due, do your homework please. Also, please note that this list wasn't chosen by our editors... it was rated by the users. However, with the recent trail developments, it might be best to rank all of these trails as sub-trails of The Whole Enchilada... I'll consider this. Also, in reference to new trails, we would LOVE for some locals to add new Moab trails to our database as they are built! You can add new trails using this form: http://www.singletracks.com/add.php?type=i&c=1 As it stands, it seems like new trails have been slowly added by out of town guests. In fact, I'm actually sitting here in Moab right now working, and working to check out and document all of the new trails that haven't been added to the database yet. But since the database is totally a community effort, we would LOVE to have y'all help us out by contributing trail listings! :)
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Will Kelley on April 28, 2014
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Review: Living in Moab I find rating Porcupine as a stand alone trail behind the times. Now, in April, we are riding Kokopellis, UPS, and LPS, the latter two sublime single track before even touching the Jeep road section. No one rides just, "Porky" down any more unless your still living in the 1990's. Not only that we have so much new single track here it will make your head spin. Get with times and give Moab the credit it deserves. Almost no where gives you the, "Whole Enchilada", a seven thousand foot descent over 27 miles from high alpine to the desert and the Colorado river. Can't believe just Porcupine was covered in this Poll. Get with it boys.

Similar Trail: None

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tlongpine on April 23, 2014
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Review: You've probably come to Moab to ride slickrock, but Porcupine Rim is the reason you'll be back.

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Vincent Acezat on April 20, 2014
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Review: I've heard so much about this trail. All I can say is that I'm really disapointed. Yes ! The view is spectacular, Yes ! the singletrack section are a real joy to ride, BUT, they're just about 1/3 of the whole trail. All the rest is a boring jeep track ...

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candyrapper on April 20, 2014
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Review: Rough road ride to start with (lots of rocks) but well worth the bumpy ride as the views on this trail are spectacular, and the singletrack section in places definitely has a 10 plus pucker factor. It sure made me feel alive though; I'm just glad I didn't die.

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uber_franz on March 22, 2014
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Review: Super classic trail. Had a shuttle drop us off at the top and it was epic!

Similar Trail: whole enchilada

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holdmybeerandwatchthis on March 18, 2014
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Review: back in the late 90s on a rented bike and it was still great

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dgh911t on March 14, 2014
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Review: The most amazing ride I have ever done! Will make you a better rider for sure!!!

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Smeiser on March 12, 2014
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Review: My expectation level was high for this trail, and while it ultimately was a worthwhile ride, I can't allow myself to buy into all the 'best trail ever!' hype. Yes, it's a great trail, but more for the views from the rim which are absolutely spectacular. Also, toward the end when you're surrounded by the high cliffs--stunning world class scenery. But the ride itself wasn't my personal best experience. Fun, yes, but best trail ever? hardly. My main gripes were just in how bumpy it was. I love obstacles and drops, but Porcupine Rim is full of this strange rough kind of terrain--small rocks--not fine enough to be smooth, but not big enough to be fun. Yes I was on a hard-tail with absolutely shot brake pads, and I realize such may have contributed to my overall experience, but I was initially going to rate it a three then ended up with a four, just to compensate for it. Regardless, this is a trail that I recommend any moderate to serious rider hit up at least once. The scenery alone is worth it, and yes, there were some fun sections along the ride I enjoyed, I just can't say it's the best trail ever.

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pernicious on January 26, 2014
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Review: First rode this trail in 1994 still ride it some 20 years later. Except the road part it is one of the great rides, any where.

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piekaar on January 1, 2014
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Review: One and only, the godfather of all trails...If u haven't ridden this trail u haven't really ridden yet.
Pure blast and fun that is what this trail is all about. Make sure u take your go pro or photo camera with you!

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Vincent Acezat on April 20, 2014
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Review: Are you serious ??? Come on !
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pgee79 on November 12, 2013
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Review: Great technical trail. Nothing terribly difficult on the jeep road, just some big drops. The single track is crazy fun and significantly tougher. This trail definitely pushed my comfort zone and made me a better rider.

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downhillbomb on September 26, 2013
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Review: I have been craving this trail since I rode it for the first time Sept. 2012. Piece of advice...if you're doing a shuttle ride to hit the Whole Enchilada or just the UPS/LPS - Porcupine Rim ride, I recommend that you go with Poison Spyder bike shop's shuttle if you have not set up a ride back into town (saves you ~4-5miles of road riding after your 35 mile trail ride...). I wished I had set up a ride back or picked a closer bike shop to park at!

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LiveLarge on September 26, 2013
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Review: Enjoyed this trail more than slickrock. We biked the whole loop from Moab instead of shuttling and it's very manageable. Allot of the trail is jeep track but even that has sorta a singletrack line down the track which can be somewhat technical. If you can, combine this ride with the UPS and LPS trails that join into Porcupine Rim or best of all do the 'Whole Enchilada'.

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targhee72 on September 16, 2013
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Review: got rained out of burrow pass on the 14th,,,,still an awesome ride,,,,need a tee shirt that says "I rode thru knee deep puddles on porcupine rim" lol

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jimcummings on August 26, 2013
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Review: The trail works you all the way- never gets boring. Amazing variety, incredible scenery, mountain bikers' heaven.

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tlongpine on August 22, 2013
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Review: Slickrock is the appetizer. Porcupine Rim is the entree.

I've ridden this trail top to bottom and back to the top twice. Once ascending from the culvert on the Colorado River and once back to Moab, through town, pit stop at Fast Eddies, then back up Sandflats road. The ascent straight up the trail was much easier, although it merited some strange looks from the downhill shuttlers.

Similar Trail: In a class of it's own.

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manreet on June 19, 2013
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Review: one of the top 5 trails I've ever ridden! Rode this on an all mountain bike and shuttled to the top from Moab.
Would love to ride it to the top and ride down next time!
Only 2-3 sketchy sections that I would say make this a black diamond, mostly everything else rideable!

Similar Trail: worlds greatest downhill, Eagle CO

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bobbybrowntown on June 4, 2013
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Review: has its moments but the overall ride is a little dragged on. Riding on a dirt keep road for miles isn't that great.

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paul304 on April 16, 2013
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Review: Great ride, use the shuttle if possible. That said I think the trail is way overrated by people that don't MTN bike that much (no offense). A large portion of the trail is a very loose rocky road, with some good jumps/drops. The single track has some really great technical portions but doesn't offer too much area for speed. I recommend doing the trail because I love technical riding but I would look into some rides in Colorado as well if you want to see some 5 star riding.

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mindtrip on April 6, 2013
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Review: No doubt, this is a great trail. I did it for the first time in 1995, and there were no shuttles so we rode up from our campsite on the Colorado river--take the shuttle or have 2 cars, trust me, it's worth it. Almost completely unmarked back then, hard to follow, and we DID get lost and spent a night on the trail as punishment; some guys died the next year when they got lost and didn't stay put in the dark. But don't let the other reviews scare you--we did it on hard-tails back then, and elastomer-sprung forks. Be careful, ride within your limit, but it's a must-do trail. It's MUCH better marked now, but it's still always smart to bring a headlamp or matches--fires aren't allowed there, and an overhead plane will spot you if you're stuck. Wish we had thought of that in '95!!

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mindtrip on April 6, 2013
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Review: *edit* accidental double-post

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CFM on October 23, 2012
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Review: Most of this trail is jeep doubletrack but that doesn't mean its easier because its wider. Very challenging extended rock features to climb and descend. I found the most important factor in successfully negotiating the many obstacles is route selection as there are many lines through most sections. Views are awe inspiring as you climb above town and the Castle Valley and descend toward Negro Bill Trailhead. The last 3 miles or so are off limits to motorized vehicles and constitute the only true singletrack on the route. But, oh what singletrack it is as you descend on the thin tread in steep valleys while negotiating difficult rock outcroppings, one after another. No room for error here so use extreme caution.

* Review edited 10/23/2012

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: In the category of epic. If you go to Moab and don't ride this, you will regret it. The trail is, however, pretty chopped up. There are a lot of loose rocks and some pretty hairy technical spots. But, don't let that keep you from this trail. Tip... try to hit it on a week day. I've seen 30 or more riders on weekends backed up on some of the technical sections.

Similar Trail: Slick Rock

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James_Bright on August 11, 2012
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Review: Great ride on some bumpy terrain- very technical at the bottom- a fair amount of hike-a-bike in the last few miles. Great views along the rim.

Similar Trail: Amassaback

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Greg Heil on June 22, 2012
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Review: What a fun ride! Amazing views, crazy gnar, tons of drops... the only thing is this isn't really singletrack. The choose-your-own-adventure approach is fun at times, but then it gets kind of old. The sandy sections are pretty unfortunate too.

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gtdavis on June 4, 2012
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Review: Great trail! Very challenging but a lot of fun.

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kuala_tahan on April 4, 2012
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Review: Probably the best trail I've ever ridden. It's got everything you want - screaming downhills, gnarly technical riding, drops galore, minimal climbing (that's a good thing), cliff-side riding, unreal views. If you're in Moab, do it up. And bring a nice beefy bike to do it, no less than 5"

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dzpd23 on March 31, 2012
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Review: This is simply a must do for any serious mtn biker. Fun, fast, tough, and awesome.

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getouttheretoo on March 10, 2012
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Review: An epic ride, one of the best around Moab. The views are worth the ride up, and the technical sections are very challenging in places.

Similar Trail: Sedona Area trails

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willisonthefly on January 18, 2012
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Review: Epic Loop or super sweet shuttle. Be sure an add UPS and LPS for a ride that has everything. The views are stunning and there are great technical challenges all along the way. One of the best rides out there.

Similar Trail: Sovereign Singletrack, Phil's World, Monarch Crest

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stumpyfsr on November 16, 2011
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Review: Almost 20 miles of sweet challenging singletrack with a minimum of pedalling. But still it squeezed all my energy out. I did it with a shuttle from the very top (Whole Enchelada) and had a best riding in my life. This trail really teach how to ride a bike. And let's not forget about great views while riding. I'd recommend to have a seat-drop for this trail - makes it more fun and much easier.

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jfigel76 on October 25, 2011
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Review: I parked at the watertanks and rode to the overlook about 3-4 miles. Then turned around and rode sweet downhill back to the car. About 1.5 hours for that. I needed a little more riding after Slickrock.

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davefourtwenty on August 30, 2011
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Review: This is my favorite trail ever. If you like technical riding then you will love this trail. I would recommend shuttling up so that you have all your energy and focus for the crazy stuff you're about to see. There are plenty of photo ops near the top that look over the entire region so you may want to stop and drink it in. Coming down from the top you will be challenged no matter your skill level as there is some gnarly stuff on this trail. Lean back and have fun!

Similar Trail: Dakota Ridge, Hartman Rocks

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kpmeder on July 22, 2011
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Review: Quintessential Moab experience...Ride as a shuttle or loop. Breathtaking views with breathtaking climbs initially and downhilling ...

Similar Trail: Amassa Back

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delphinide on June 11, 2011
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Review: The trail by which all other downhill singletrack must be measured...nuff said, except that this trail IS a lot more fun on a 5-6 inch travel bike!

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4everriding on June 1, 2011
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Review: A Moab must do. If you come to Moab and skip Porcupine Rim you should have stayed home.

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abegold on May 5, 2011
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Review: Moab favorite. Rode it on a 100mm Turner and had no trouble with the drops, other than the mental aspect. Bring a camera. Stay on the trail, some have died here getting lost. Views are sweet the climb not very tough. Have a good break at the top, suck down some calories and have at the fun descent. Dirt bikes ride here, too.

* Review edited 5/11/2011

Similar Trail: Soverign, Bartlett Wash, Milagrosa Trail

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Mac10Matt on April 18, 2011
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Review: Trail is a humbling downhill ride of epic proportions. I've never rode anything like it. I recommend the shuttle all the way to the top and take plenty of water. I blew two tires, broke a wrist, knocked loose a casing, and had a blast. Parts of this trail will straight humble you. I recommend it the second day in Moab - do a warm-up trail before biting into this one.

Similar Trail: Nothing like this

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pernicious on December 6, 2010
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Review: Fantastic ride. Take a shuttle to the trail head, unless you like to ride on dirt roads for miles on end.

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ditchdigger on June 25, 2010
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Review: The Snotch re-route on LPS is now signed and easy to find. This is a much tamer and sustainable alternative to the Notch, which is still accessible.

Similar Trail: Amasa Back

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rharper33 on June 9, 2010
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Review: One of the greatest rides ever! I would put it above Slickrock for sure. Nice climb leading to never ending downhill that was fast in some spots and pretty technical in others. Great scenery and worth going to Moab for!

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grangerkersten on June 6, 2010
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Review: One of the best rides I have done. The climb is killer, with a lot of sand and rocks to navigate, but knowing it is only ~3 miles gets you to the top. Then the fun begins (unless you're into hellish climbs). The views are amazing, and you the downhill will try to rattle your bike to pieces. And make sure you save some strength for the downhill, because you will definitely need it. Highly recommended.

* Review edited 6/6/2010

Similar Trail: Not much else like it.

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GJ_Jackie on October 5, 2009
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Review: UPS and LPS are officially legal, and what a riot! They are also part of the Whole Enchilada but the upper section of that ride is pretty much closed for the year now. If you shuttle up Sand Flats Road to Porcupine Rim Trailhead, it's well worth the extra 1/2 hr to keep driving up to the LaSal Loop Road (Kokopelli Trail). UPS and LPS are sweet singletrack with a wide variety of terrain and massive cliff views into Castle Valley and up to the LaSals. LPS drops you out right at the first Porcupine Rim viewspot. Combine UPS, LPS and Porcupine Rim for LONG ride all the way to the river. Epic. Give yourself all day to complete and LOTS of water.

Similar Trail: Not another like this one! Shorter awesome rides include Porcupine Rim, Amasa Back and Flat Pass.

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JRAbraham34 on September 30, 2009
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Review: The most intense trail I've done... and I was silly enough to do it on a hard tail. Great scenery, incredible downhill!

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heatherfeather on September 14, 2009
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Review: Did the trail for the first time in Sept 2009. It did not disappoint. Every 1000 feet we dropped in altitude was like riding an entirely different type of terrain. The ride was everything we could have asked for - all types of terrain, lots of different lines and you could make it a technical as you wanted or as insanely fast as you could manage.

Similar Trail: We rode Slickrock the day before and this too would be high on my list!

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uniuniuni on July 21, 2009
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Review: Porcupine Rim is by far the most EPIC trail i've ever unicycled. i attended the moab mountain unicycling festival this march, and was blown away by the caliber and finesse this trail had to offer. i walked away feeling like a champion, and so should you... wear those pads!

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david_darling on May 7, 2009
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Review: A desert classic! Must do. Not for everyone due to rider ability. A tough demanding trail that can bite you at any time. Awesome views and a ripfest downhill.

Similar Trail: Amasa Back

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maddslacker on April 26, 2009
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Review: If you start from the normal, shuttle trailhead, the 3 mile climb is not that bad. And I am NOT a good climber. Also don't forget to catch some air for the photographer on the berm by the road!

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stillfat on December 1, 2008
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Review: I've ridden this trail once in a blue moon for about 15 years and it's always epic, always special - one of my top 5 favorites of all-time. It's everything everyone says it is and then some - to give less than 5 stars is heresy. Start and end in town, skip the shuttle. It's not as bad as you might be led to believe and the 3.2 Utah beers go down a bit easier when you're done.

Similar Trail: Something in the desert with many miles, crazy scenery and technical madness.

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wrightwoodfilms on August 26, 2008
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Review: amazing

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NoTrace on April 19, 2008
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Review: Of all the trails I've ridden in the US, this is my favorite. After the climb and a pause at the top, it's a mtb'ers dream ride back down with flowing singletrack, optional jumps and spectacular views. Watch the edge.

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lostcause on January 22, 2008
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Review: Finally got to do this ride. We started at 8000 ft. in the aspen groves of the La Sal Mountains rode UPS and LPS over 30 miles in all! It’s a fairly brutal ride A little overrated but a great ride. Take the Poison Spider Shuttle to the top for a few extra bucks it’s worth it.

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Siberian on October 9, 2007
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Review: I can't really add much to this trail other than to recommend paying the extra $5 to have Moab Cyclery drive you the extra few miles up the rim so that you start the trail going downhill. This takes out the 3 mile climb you get with the "normal" Porcupine Rim loop. Awesome trail, and next time we are going to go even further up on the shuttle.

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John Fisch on October 8, 2007
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Review: This is possibly the best ride in the world. The stiff, technical, three mile climb to the rim is awesome. Once on top of the ridge, you're treated to some of the best scenery Moab has to offer. Top it all off with the best singletrack descent you'll ever see. I could do this one a gazillion times and never tire of it. 5 stars is not enough--there are no words to prepare you for the sheer brilliance of this ride!

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BobinConifer on September 5, 2007
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Review: Porcupine Rim is just a perfect ride with lots of everything that is good in the world. I rode this most recently in Late May 07 with some pro riders that were kind enough to wait for me and I had an awesome experience. We actually started on the upper Porcupine entrance which is a VERY LONG SHUTTLE RIDE in the Coyote Express military troop transport that looks like some sort of overgrown escaped science project. The ride up the shuttle with 18 other riders was an experience in itself as everyone on the right side of the bus (troop transport) would shriek and pray every time the bus got close to the edge of the cliff for two hours the view kept our adrenaline pumping. After we all regained our senses near the top of Lasalle Pass we started the epic downhill sigletrack that may or may not be open to the public anymore. This is an awe inspiring ride that was clearly made simply for mountain biking enjoyment and no other reason. I got the feeling several times that I might have been trespassing as I helped or watched our leader move no fewer than 20 log barriers that had apparently just been installed the night before. But he assured us all that he had a permit... What came next was an awesome tightly wound single-track through the scrub on the cliffs edge above the typical half-way point and photo opp on the normal Porcupine Route. Packed with tight lines, super steep descents and some moderate drops. Upper Porcupine is awesome! Then just about when I though I couldn't descend anymore we hit the lower Purcupine and got onto the wide open blistering fast porcupine descent. Super fast and furious! Big air, spinning out in our big rings, and riding in a big group made this super epic experience. We had a bunch of snake bitten tires which suited me just fine so I could let my triceps rest as various riders replaced their tubes. Once while waiting for a tire changer i actually saw a very rare "shirtless biker" who we all quietly made fun of-- then watched him ride off a 30" drop without even slowing down or looking back to see if we noticed! There are some crazy technical sections with giant drops and gap jumps but all of it is optional with easy ride-arounds. Likewise, a little bit of exposure near the very bottom but it's all good as long as you're going fast enough to have to concentrate on the trail and not the consequences!

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raleighman91 on July 24, 2007
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Review: Sweet trail love it cant beat it

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RideorDie on June 6, 2007
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Review: Best trail I have ever ridden! This trail made me a better rider because you get going so fast on the DH that you don't have time to not negotiate technical drops, turns, obstacles etc, you just take it! This is a great trail to see what youre bike can do. I have decided to make it one of my pilgrimages each year.

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Lancefan on April 29, 2007
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Review: This was an amzing trail. I was only able to ride some of it because some people inour group weren't ready for the down hill. We went to where the trail turns away from the rim. The climb was fun and techy, great to test your skills on. The downhill, even though it wasn't the official downhill, it was great, alot of fun and all of the clifs were fun to hop.

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dauw on March 15, 2007
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Review: Simply a great downhill with good opportunities for drops, etc. with views to boot. Good variety!

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sandm96 on September 19, 2006
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Review: I rode this trail during a road trip while living in Montana. Camped in the campground in moab which has the dirt road leading to the main climb for Porcupine rim. We rode Poison spider the first day, Porcupine rim the second day and Slick rock the third day then we went to Durango (was a nice road trip). This was in April of 1995. I was on a hard tail of course with a total of 2 inches fron suspension, but even then, It was the best trail I've ever ridden and still, I think it is the best trail I've ever ridden. We made it an epic. Left the camp ground on our bikes that morning, and made a 30 something mile loop of it with the last few miles on the road, mostly uphill back to the tent. I think I better go dig up my old photos, yes we took a few pictures. The view from the top was sweet, actually the scenery thruogout the ride was awesome. I can't wait to go take my wife and kids out there and let them ride (my sons have a few more years before they could handle the likes).

Similar Trail: Poison Spider, Some Loop we rode in Big Sky that went from "the Canyon", up to Andesite mt and the back down into "the meadow, i forget the name of the trail(s), much of it might not even exist due to the growth around there.

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odogtriever on May 11, 2006
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Review: If you like fast technical downhills, look no further!!! I don't think I will ever ride another trail like this. Awesome scenery, fantastic terrain, and the last 3 miles send you into sensory overload. I LOVE this trail. If I were stranded on a island with only one trail to ride, THIS WOULD BE THE ONE!!! Can I rate it higher than 10?

Similar Trail: Not much else compares.

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gab26 on April 2, 2006
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Review: First time I rode this trail was on a hardtail and I paid for it. I went back and rode it again. This is a great ride one of the best around Moab but do it off season to avoid the crowds. The downhill is phenomenal just keep your eyes on the trail and not the bottom of the canyon next to it.

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bonkedagain on November 23, 2005
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Review: This is the #1 must-ride in Moab. Fantastic views; fun downhill that you wish would go on forever. I recommend that you be pretty comfortable doing singletrack before taking it on. I have seen all skill levels on this trail, and I have seen a lot of people get hurt. You can come around some high speed turns only to be presented with a rock garden with drop-offs, so keep your eyes open. And yes, there are some cliff areas in the lower section that make it wise to pay attention. Unless you like to do miles of grunting uphill take a shuttle. If you don't have the cars to do it yourself, or don't like the hassle, look into the local shuttles. They typically pick up at the major bike shops in town once an hour in the morning. Ask the shops for details. If you do your own shuttle don't forget to bring your receipt from the gate on your ride down so that you don't have to pay again bringing the other car up to the top.

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Guest on October 4, 2005
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Review: I'm new to mountain biking, but still had a lot of fun on this trail, regardless of having to walk a lot. My friends were much more experienced than me, and had niced bikes/equipment. But a word of caution if you don't have much experience: be careful!! When I should've been walking my bike, I actually fell off a 15 foot ridge (cliff) on this trail, and scared the c*** out of my friend behind me, my husband who was in front of me, and of course, myself! I luckily missed the big boulder beneath where I fell and landed in dirt and weeds, and came out with afew bruises and scrapes.

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epoderom on July 16, 2005
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Review: One of the big three in Moab I would recommend, the other two being Slick Rock and Poison Spider

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woodiebikes777 on May 3, 2005
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Review: sick trail, just totally sick

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Pedro_Carvalho on December 23, 2004
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Review: A great trail with a long climb starting from downtown Moab and some great views of the Colorado river. Some sections are rough - better on a full suspension bike.

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BarDev on September 7, 2004
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Review: Porcupine Rim is by far the best trail I have ever ridden. We had 2 cars. We parked one car at the public park in town and used the other car to shuttle people to the trail head. This trail starts with a 4 mile climb that has some challenging areas, but nothing to impossible. The Jeeps, Hummers, and Toyotas got in the way on the uphill climb and we had to pass them, but never did see them again. The down hill is the best. There are usually multiple lines through technical sections, so you should be able to pick the line that meets your skill level, even if it means you need to dismount. We hade 6 people in our group and many of them had to dismount to make many of the technical sections. I saw everyone from the beginner to the pro on this trail. As long as you take you time you should be able to make. I did notice a group of people with no water or helmets, which were the beginners, I dont recommend this. Make sure you drink plenty of water, I cramped-up very badly on the road back to Moab. Also make sure you wear a helmet, one of the individuals in our group cracked a rib. The last few miles is through j*** a** canyon, this is a place where you do not want to mess up. With 100 foot drop-offs you can die easily if you do not stay on the trail. This is a very technical trail and at 14 miles from trail head to road it isnt short. I dont know how fun this will be for a beginner since they will need to dismount many times and may need to escort the bike up hill. Klondike Bluffs is a great trail for beginners.

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Guest on October 13, 2003
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Review: This trail is one of the best point to point or massive loop trails of all time. Very rocky downhill which is riot to bomb. Awesome views. Potential for a serious fall of a canyon wall if you are day dreaming. Great trail!!!! Bring water and a tools any repair. My trip generated a pinch flat and my buddy broke a chain. thank god for chain tools.

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Guest on July 5, 2003
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Review: This ride is way cool. For inexperianced riders don't be discourged, i had a kid who had riden a bike like 2 times and was a little over weight do this trail w/ me and he loved it. So any one can do this SWEET ride.

Similar Trail: Poison Spider(Moab)

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: This is a classic ride! For the sick-minded out there, try starting this ride from a camp spot on Sand Flats Road, and finish with the climb from the town of Moab back up the Sand Flats Road. For those that aren't into that, try this popular option: shuttle to the trail head off Sand Flats Road, so you don't have to eat dust form passing traffic, then catch a ride at the highway to Eddie McStiffs for drink and food. The admirable mid-point is to burn 'em up on the highway back to town to earn your Eddie McStiffs. Of course, I have known many rides to end with a hike down the canon to catch a ride to town due to unexpected broken bike syndrome. If that happens to you, don't feal bad, you've earned your Rassy Wheat Beer for sure.

Similar Trail: Poison Spider (Moab, UT)

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: This was by far the besr trail I have ever ridden.It is not the most techy trail out there.What I liked about the trail was that it was mostly rideable.There are plenty of spots to take either a 2 foot drop or a 4 or an 8 all in the same spot.the best,the best! what else can i say,go there if your an experienced mountain biker.

Similar Trail: Part of the Centennial trail in South Dakota (elk creek th. to Alkali Creek th).12 miles with similar fun factor.

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business4gws@bellsouth.n on November 29, 2013
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Review: Strap it on tight, you're in for a heck of a ride! Similar Trail: Bartlet Wash
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