July 18, 2014
You can't fully judge this trail one way or the other on one ride. I have been to the Moab area on three different occasions to bike. Back in the mid-90s, I twice visited with a buddy and we spent a week riding the area. I had a Diamondback, chromoly frame, no suspension and had a blast. This was when any suspension on a bike was sliced bread. The more we rode SRT, the more confident and more fun it was. A few years ago, a little longer in the tooth and maybe a bit wiser, I visited again, alone this time. I rode the area with my "improved" full-suspension bike. Although my legs are older, I was able to have as much fun--if not, more--on the SRT as years before. Yeah, crowded. Yeah, if you go in the summer, it's hot--go in spring if you can. But can the scenery be beat? I mean, the contrast of the red rock with the desert foliage and the snow on the La Sals is something special. To crank hard on some seldom-used trail and then stop to rest and hear nothing but a slight breeze through the scrub trees is unmatched. Ride it more than once, twice, thrice... until you don't want to stop riding.