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added by jeff World Champ on December 31, 2002
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This trail is probably the most well known mountain bike trail in the country. That being said, it is not necessarily the BEST trail in the country. It is definitely unique due to the tread (rock) and the desolate landscape that surrounds the area. The trail is full of short steep climbs and descents and will really work your legs out. Plan on taking a few hours (3-4) to ride the loop all the way around. If you plan on hitting this trail in the summer (like we foolishly did), be sure to get there real early before it starts getting unbearably hot. Don't even think of trying to do this trail in the evening because it will still be just as hot (due to the enormous heat capacity of the rocks). Again, the trail is unique and is perfect for mountain bikers looking for a trail that is totally different from anywhere else they have ridden.
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tarheelmountainbiker on September 6, 2014
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Review: The most surreal visual experience. Everywhere you go you can see sky and awesome terrain for miles. There is nothing like Slickrock. This is extremely difficult aerobically. Prepare to walk up hills unless you are an elite cyclist. Yet this trail will bring out the best out you. Even though the pre-loop and main loop are about 12 miles. Plan at least 3 hours. This has to be on a serious mountain biker's resume. It is is advisable to do a trail (e.g. Klondike Bluffs) before doing Slickrock unless you are familiar with the southwest.

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GTechRacer on August 9, 2014
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Review: Wow what an aerobic workout! This trail is relatively smooth but man does it have its steep climbs. I loved it though. Make sure to do the practice loop part first and see how comfortable you are before heading out into the main trail because it requires some serious legs if not you will have some steep walking which is not fun.

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Phillychris498 on July 18, 2014
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Review: LOVED Slickrock! It is so much different than anything else I will ever ride! The climbs up the rock were insanely steep and very demanding, while the downhills were (at times) as steep as 30 degrees! A must do when in Moab.

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dustyspokes65 on July 18, 2014
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Review: 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.

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k2rider on June 2, 2014
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Review: I've ridden plenty of slickrock but never where the entire loop wasvsolid slickrock. I thought this was a very well laid out trail with plenty of challenge. I was very happy too clearcall but one climb.

Similar Trail: parts of Gooseberry Mesa

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Millipeed on May 27, 2014
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Review: This is a great trail and the views are amazing. If you go to Moab do it but make sure you hit some of the other trails also. This trail may be the most popular but not the funnest trail in moab.

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ez049 on May 19, 2014
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Review: do squats and single leg deadlifts for 2 months before you come - then you will love this trail instead of suffering and complaining

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bobbybrowntown on May 11, 2014
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Review: Its a fun trail but very crowded and nowadays moab has more to offer. But you got to ride the most famous mountain bike trail in the world at least once. And if your in moab for a few days you can always fit this one in. If your here and only got time for one ride though and have already ridden slickrock then try out captain ahab or pipe dream.

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tlongpine on April 24, 2014
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Review: It's become fashionable to dismiss this trail as Moab's worst trail.

Arguably, it is. However, Moabs worst trail is probably still better than most of the local trails in almost any other locale.

Think of Slickrock as the appetizer. Or dessert. Porcupine Rim, The Whole Enchilada or Amasa may be the entrees, but you should still enjoy dessert.

Granted, if I only had time to ride one trail in Moab it wouldn't be Slickrock. But seriously, why would you come to Moab and only ride one trail?

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candyrapper on April 20, 2014
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Review: Unique riding experience. I think I took the unpreferred route (counter-clockwise) so am anxious to ride it the other direction next time I'm down south.

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justin70 on April 11, 2014
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Review: The slick rock is beautifully flowing - more so than trails in the Hurricane area.
Buy who, oh why, does the trail ALWAYS have to be straight up the next hill?
Kind of killed the interest, for me - and I consider myself a climber.

Similar Trail: Gooseberry mesa

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gbiegun on April 8, 2014
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Review: What can be said? It's the classic. You'll climb pitches you never thought possible. Slick rock is anything but. Traction unmatched.

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uber_franz on March 22, 2014
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Review: Absolutely classic. A must-ride trail if you consider yourself a mountain biker

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holdmybeerandwatchthis on March 18, 2014
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Review: great landscape fun ride..had to rent a bike. wish i had my own.

Similar Trail: Mars

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dgh911t on March 14, 2014
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Review: Challenging ride, bring some fresh legs!

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Smeiser on March 12, 2014
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Review: Over-hyped. Maybe it's just me because I generally like technical downhill rides, and this is just like a roller-coaster with hardly any obstacles--can't recall any really. That being said, for the right person I could see this place being amazing. Just be prepared for a lot of work and not much fun, unless work for you is fun. What I'm trying to say is that this ride works you out very well, lots of steep up and downs to test your physical fitness and shifting skills, lol. Be aware that you may run into dirt bike riders on this trail. Nothing against them, I used to have a dirt bike and loved it, but when I go mtn. biking I like it to just be mtn. biking.

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koakks on March 10, 2014
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Review: I was very excited about Slickrock when I first arrived in Moab. I think it's a trail that one should ride for the novelty of riding it. The trail has beautiful views. It's also a great location where four wheelers, dirt bikes, mountain bikes and jeeps are able to share the trail respectfully. The trail can be difficult to follow, I would suggest going during the day so you can located exposure and follow the markings correctly. Also, bring plenty of water on this 12 mile ride because it's like you're biking on a rollercoaster track. Many people stop for breaks half way through. This trail has no technical riding at all, it's challenging because the fact the drops and climbs are very intense. I personally love rock gardens and technical rides so Slickrock wasn't my style or favorite place.

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mbuie on October 3, 2013
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Review: An iconic must ride, this trail is awesome. I could talk all day about how awesome this trail is, how well you can climb, but any mountain biker knows that already, so here's my advice: Bring your toolkit and if you're riding in late spring, summer, or late fall, double the amount of water you think you need. It is hot, no joke, if you run out of water, you're going to die. Start this trail as soon as the sun comes up, don't even bother after noon.

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LiveLarge on September 26, 2013
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Review: Rode this trail for the first time in 2001 not knowing what to expect, only hearing that it was epic. We are used to forested dirt trails so after our first ride we were a little disappointed since it's basically riding along a white painted line on the rocks. But after riding it a few more times during the week we really loved it by the end. Some very steep climbs but it's amazing how easy they were to climb with the tires sticking to the surface like sandpaper instead of spinning out on the dirt trails we are used to.

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Vro666 on September 25, 2013
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Review: Classic !!!!!!

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tonejones on September 23, 2013
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Review: I rode this trail back in 2007 for the first time and it kicked my a$$! Going back last Oct I was more experienced and ready to ride. I stayed one night at the camp site right across form the parking and meet some dudes in town that where looking for a place to camp. We headed back and ended up riding the practice loop at night(don't do this with out bright lights and a few beers). Hands down one of the hardest and most memorable trails I have ridden.

Similar Trail: None

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jimcummings on August 26, 2013
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Review: It's a unique ride that you have to do. Intermediate riders can do it with a little walking. It's not tricky - just steep in places.

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jkey6 on August 23, 2013
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Review: This is one of the most unique trails around with it's rolling hills of solid rock. It's like a playground for mountain bikers. You will be able to do really steep climbs here that don't look possible simply because your tires stick to the rock so well. In fact I passed a few people with road tires because mountain tread doesn't really do anything for you here. As with all Moab trails there is no shade so try to finish before noon or start well into the afternoon, otherwise you will bake. I ran out of water before making it back to the car (I had about 2.5 L with me), but that was in early August. Pro tip: take a dip in the Mill Creek swimming hole back in town afterwards, it's fairly close to the road that takes you to Slickrock.

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CarterHeinemann on August 20, 2013
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Review: Great ride, but if you go in the summer you better be ready for the heat and make sure you have all your gear, getting stuck out there and walking is rough, but besides that an awesome ride.

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Guest on May 22, 2013
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Review: people!! this trail is really a challenge !!!
long and hot, ist fun in parts but when you start to enjoy it
there is a pain coming, the view is unique, if you keep in mind that you are there to get a good time, take a break before the next few 25 ft of 45 or 30 deg hill and then you will start to enjoying you time take pictures and loock at others drivers, motorcycles and OHV tours,
NOW THE MOST IMPORTANT THING AT LEAST FOR ME, WETHER YOU USE SHOES CLEATS OR NOT, BRING SHOES WITH A GOOD GRIP, I'M TALKING ABOUT THAT IF I HAD USED, THEN I WOULD NOT FALLEN SO MANY TIMES AND BUSTED MY BUTT. SO KEEP THAT ON MIND......

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tsnsteelersfan on April 29, 2013
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Review: Wow. I've been to Moab numerous times over the past 8 years but never got around to riding this classic. Rode it this morning and I'm so glad I did. Very hard, but very worth it! Bring your big legs and your big lungs... This is an advanced trail, so don't get in over your head.

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alskoj on April 7, 2013
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Review: I'm 49 and my son is 16 and we were able to complete the trail. Don't forget to bring high quality snacks and plenty of water - you will need the calories to avoid exaustion. The April weather was perfect for us. I would not do this trail in the summer!
If you are an intermediate to advanced rider, skip the practice loop. It just makes for a longer day. If you're unsure about the trail, do the practice loop on one day and if you can handle that then do the main trail the next day (if you have time). If you don't have time, skip the practice loop and just do the main trail. If you find that the main trail is too difficult just turn around and head back - you can always walk your bike.
If you don't want to do the entire trail (its about 3 hours for the average rider) then do the loop clockwise and turn around when you get to the "scenic" turnoff. This will shorten the length but give you a good taste of the trail.
If you want to do an easier version then go to Moab Brands north of town and do "Circle O". This is a mini-Slickrock without the steep ascents and descents and takes less than an hour to complete. One of the many bike shops suggested it.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and they have a bike locker in the basement so that you don't have to leave your bikes on your car overnight.
If we ever get back to Moab we will definitely ride it again.

Similar Trail: Circle O (Moab Brands)

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rangelinenaturepreserve on February 19, 2013
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Review: A previous review states "World's most famous mountain bike trail that you only do once". I agree 100%. Awesome views and climbs you could not do on any other type of soil. However, it it the same thing over and over again...up, down, repeat. Gets montenous after a while. Look at the photos, they are all the same. Take a pic as you enter Slickrock and one as you leave. That is all you need to display to friends what the trail is like. I'm glad I road Slick Rock for the prestige of the trail, but have no desire to do it again. There are many far better trails in Moab. I do like the white paint markings on the slickrock to keep me on track. That is a definate plus for that trail loop.

Similar Trail: Bartlet Wash is similar slickrock, but a far better ride.

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wrestle203 on January 2, 2013
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Review: Rode on 1-1-13. 5" of powder made the ride a different challege. Still had a great ride.

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rich67 on November 23, 2012
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Review: Holy cow...what a workout! This trail offers an insane cardio workout, offers some heart-pounding downhills (at times you feel like the trail is going to go over the abyss!), and the most awesome scenery in Moab. This is NOT a trail for noobs or for the weak. Definitely a rough day out! Bring lots of water and lots of food.

Similar Trail: Nothing like it.

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luv2mtb on October 18, 2012
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Review: This is one of just a few trails that actually lives up to its billing. If my lovely bride or my darling mother saw some of the DH I rode today, I'd be in trouble. Here's the deal. I don't mind hard work and gnarly downhill, but that's all this trail is. Up and down, up and down! Loved it, glad I did it. Know your skill set, know your fitness level, know your bike and please be careful. This is not a forgiving trail.

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SLOWGATOR00 on August 22, 2012
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Review: This is riding in Moab!!!! Not a beginners intro!! This trail is hard in one direction and harder in the other!!!! I have ridden this trail every time I've been to Moab (Sand Flats is easy camping access) and will continue to do so on every future visit. Crazy how you can stand up and climb a 20+% slope and not lose back tire traction!!!

Similar Trail: Klondike Bluffs, Poison Spider Mesa/GoldSpike

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toddmare on August 20, 2012
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Review: Saw a quote that I thought summed up the trail perfectly "World's most famous mountain bike trail that you only do once" When you get to the loop I went right and wished I'd have gone left for the easier time. Lots of short steep downhill followed by short steep climbs and then repeat over and over. Something to experience but not my favorite.

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: World famous for a reason. Amazing slick rock and views. It's tough and a little scary if you're just starting out. Know your limitations. There are tough climbs, exposure and sand pits. Take a lunch and take your time.

Similar Trail: Porcupine Rim

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James_Bright on August 11, 2012
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Review: Uniquely beautiful landscape, slickrock riding defies physics. Must do trail.

Similar Trail: Bartlet Wash, Moab

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pluszki on July 31, 2012
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Review: Absolutely worth riding. Gets you work out , but it's worth. Short steep climbs and plenty view points. Take a lot of water if you riding in the summer. If you inter or better rider , practice loop is not necessary .

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Greg Heil on June 22, 2012
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Review: What a fun time! Getting the insider's view into the best lines thanks to Chad was awesome... flowed way better than the designated trail! As I'm sure you've heard, the traction both up and down is fantastic. Riding slickrock and not being tied down to one specific line is a truly unique experience that everyone should have.

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tymonster3 on June 3, 2012
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Review: Epic! Must ride! Don't let the locals convince you to ride from town. Drive to the trail head and ride early to avoid the heat in the summer.

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tymonster3 on June 3, 2012
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Review: Epic! Must ride! Don't let the locals convince you to ride from town. Drive to the trail head and ride early to avoid the heat in the summer.

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indyglo on April 21, 2012
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Review: Quite the experiance to ride this trail. I thought i was prepared for this trail, but it still got the best of me. This is a must do trail for all riders. Looking forward to thwe day that i get to ride it again.

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dzpd23 on April 10, 2012
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Review: Fun trail. Watch the temp. Should be on your bucket list.

Similar Trail: ???

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akhalteke on April 6, 2012
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Review: Awesome experience. If you are not from Moab it will be unlike anything you have ever done!

Similar Trail: Bartlett's Wash

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dylee66 on March 28, 2012
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Review: Nothing great. Most trails in Moab are over- Hyped, mostly by weekend warriors who don't bike much. Go to Durango, Co, or anywhere else in Colorado, for that matter.

Similar Trail: Go to Cortez, Co, and ride Phil's World. Much more fun. Go 3 hours to Durango or epic riding, where you can ride difficult: Raider's Ridge or easy, horse Gulch or beautiful: Hermosa Creek, Colorao trail.

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vbeckman74 on December 25, 2011
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Review: This trail is fun, but it can be very challenging. Don't take newbies! They will not appreciate what you have done to them. Slickrock has to be ridden one foot at a time. It requires a lot of focus to keep from becoming part of the rock. You will crash. You will bleed. You will have a blast.

Similar Trail: Good luck finding one like this.

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stumpyfsr on November 16, 2011
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Review: Like its being said before, this trail is unique. Slickrock gives you so much grip you'll never get anywhere else. Those steeeeep climbs will give a lot of work out and a lot of fun from the same steeep downhills. Can't say it's the most technical trail in the area but there are no other trails like this. Must ride. And watch out for a cactus thorns.

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ukraine on November 15, 2011
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Review: To understand and have fun on Slick Rock you have to ride it a few times. I personaly hated it when rode it first time (I was a beginner). I came back to Moab 2 years later and had blast! Great fun, super grip. pretty steep grades.

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vyrpalmeris on October 27, 2011
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Review: I saw the review below from Roxy&Yeti and I couldn't resist the urge to get on here and defend one of my favorite trails. Just because he/she can't handle a trail that requires short bursts (no terrain like this in the UK? really? sarcasm here) doesn't mean that "only elite bikers" will enjoy this. I personally prefer this style of riding! The short bursts of strength, the way the trail requires an active riding style, and the quick ups and downs are extremely fun to me. For Heaven's sake, why do people try to ride this in the summer? Its 115 degrees and feels 30 degrees hotter because the rocks retain the heat! Go in spring or fall and Moab weather is as good as it gets. The Slickrock Trail is not for beginners or downhill lovers. It is a technical challenge trail and it will challenge the best. If you come with the right expectations at the right time of year with a decent chain (the cheapest SRAM you can find won't do), this is one of the best two-wheeled experiences you will ever have.

Similar Trail: Amasa Back, Poison Spider Mesa, Sovereign

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jfigel76 on October 25, 2011
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Review: Yup, it is the most popular trail, but not the best trail. Old school trails straight up and straight down. I went on a real windy, cold day and the exposure was spooking me a bit being from the east coast. Nevertherless, I completed in about 2.5 hours. Lots of dabs and dismounts. $5 entrance fee for the day.

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DurangoMtBikeTours on October 13, 2011
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Review: I don't see what all the haters are talking about. The Slick Rock Trail is awesome. Of course if you come and try to ride it in the middle of the summer you will suffer. Only 3 hrs drive from Durango, I get over and ride this trail at least once a year if not more. I only go in late September, October, November, March or April. Other than those months, to hot and to crowded. Nothing better than camping at Sand Flats campground, waking up at dawn, riding a few hundred feet to the trail head and bombing the rock. I usually finish the loop in under 2 hours easy. There are certainly more epic rides like Porcupine Rim, and White Rim, but Slick Rock is a rail I never get tired of riding. The climbs are great, and the scenary is spectacular.

Similar Trail: Raider Ridge

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speeedracer27 on October 3, 2011
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Review: Fun ride. Nothing like anything I've experienced before. Much better trails in the area, but you have to ride this to appreciate the terrain. Very hot, no cover, so bring plenty of water.

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knoxjw on September 29, 2011
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Review: A must do for any MT Bike fan. Not the best trail in the area...but lots of fun

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Roxy&Yeti on September 8, 2011
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Review: WAY. WAY. overrated. And I've been around a bit. Scenery is stupendous. TONS of mecca-goers from France, Austria, various places in South America, Germany, Denmark- all in the space of the two days we were there. Every person I talked to that finished the ride said the same thing: NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. I was expecting this really fun, really amazing swoopy-whoopy up down roll-around on some slickrock. The usual dose of tough climbs and fast descents. There are an elite few of elite mountain bikers that will actually ride this and truly enjoy it, and not just front and rave because it's the thing to do about Moab. The ascents are short and of an extreme grade. The kind you have to completely change your center of gravity for- get up out of your seat, put your butt in front of the saddle, scrunch tiny into your cockpit, and give it your all on. If you don't give it your all, you WILL fall backwards, because if you put your foot out, well, there's just no stopping yourself on 40% grade slick rock. I gave it my all and broke a practically new SRAM chain and that made for a long walk back. The descents have the same extreme angles, and a few of them have trick bottoms with worn out depressions or sand-piles that WILL grab your wheel and slam you if you don't avoid them. The heat is oppressive and you MUST carry two bladders, at least 200 oz of water to be really safe. And get some of those camelbak electrolyte pellets to be on the safe side. If you're only in town one day, don't pick this ride as the one to do. This is the ride you say you rode and loved, but secretly you're just grateful you survived and you wonder afterwards why you put yourself through all of that for an otherwise pretty mediocre ride in terms of flow and fun. If you're going to be in the area, go to Fruita instead. READ: GO TO FRUITA INSTEAD. AWESOME and HUGE set of trails, way, way fun, but equally challenging if you really want an extreme-advanced rider challenge. Great camping too. :)

* Review edited 9/8/2011

Similar Trail: Any trail at Moab beside this one.

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Guest on June 7, 2013
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Review: It's the wrong trail for some, but boy was it right for me. If you like steep challenges and crazy terrain that is beautiful, it's great. But if you want safe and reasonably easy, it's not that. Not huge aerobic ride, but with short intense intervals. One of my all time favorites and I'd do it again and again. Similar Trail: Barlow - giant, beautiful skate board park
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david_darling on July 27, 2011
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Review: Yes, this is a very awesome trail. The amount of technical moves required to clean is countless. Awesome challenge from the very start. Of all the places I have ridden, Slickrock could be the most demanding of them all. My first time in the early 90's seemed much easier than today.

Similar Trail: Gooseberry Mesa

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delphinide on June 11, 2011
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Review: I definitely recommend riding this in May or October if you plan to make a day of it. If you go in the summer, leave the TH @ dawn and bring at least 100oz of water! Keep in mind that the weather can and does change drastically in every season. I love this trail, and like me, if you have had the pleasure of riding this several times over the years you take delight in realizing that you get just a little bit better on it everytime you go out...not unlike the 2x4 and cinderblock ramps we put our Huffys over as kids. There is always areas to improve your skills on out here. Most people do Porcupine, which I love, but make sure to check out Amasa Back and Sovereign trail too.

Similar Trail: there's nothing else quite like it that is 'official'

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PaulSmith on May 24, 2011
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Review: Had heard about it for years and then found out first hand last May. Crazy how tires just "stick"...had a blast even though it was hot and windy...

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abegold on May 11, 2011
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Review: This trail is a hard workout with slow progress thru the loop. Armor is suggested cause the rock is hard. Traction is outstanding. Unique riding experience, expect to sweat when warm.

Similar Trail: Bartlett Wash, Goosebery Mesa

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dngrcnnn on May 3, 2011
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Review: If you have a mountain bike, you've heard of the Slickrock trail. Arguably one of the most popular trails in the country, this is a ride darn near impossible to replicate. The ride is 95% on smooth rock, with a few awesome sandy spots you burn into and then belatedly realize deep sand is kind of hard to bike through if you aren't paying attention. I didn't think this was too awfully difficult for the BD rating. There are some very short but steep climbs and decents that you might end up hiking, but I didn't find it to be a "pucker up" type of technical ride, because everything is wide open. It isn't a trail you should start out mountain biking on, but you also aren't hitting narrow chutes or tight twisty "singletrack," so it is a bit more on the Intermediate side. If you're in the area, this is the type of trail that you have to do just to have done it. Is it the best trail in Moab? Probably not, but it's fun, has some great vistas, and isn't overly difficult. Just make sure you tighten your bike up before you ride, because the solid rock trail is pretty jarring, and you really don't want anything falling off out there.

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maddslacker on March 15, 2011
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Review: This trail really needs no introduction... it is almost all rough sandstone with a course, grippy surface. There a couple of short sandy sections. Either direction is fun, and you will go up and down inclines you didn't think possible. Try the Practice Loop to see what you're in for. It's 2.5 miles whereas the whole trail is 10

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Haebe04(WSC) on January 24, 2011
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Review: Great technical riding that will challenge most mountain bikers.

Similar Trail: Anything in Moab or Fruita

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pernicious on December 6, 2010
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Review: Not the greatest, not the worst. I'd rather do Porcipine Rim, Flat Pass or half a dozen others.

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nspb001 on October 4, 2010
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Review: Really fun trail, kicks your butt because its so hot out. I dont understand the hype, it has beautiful scenery, but its totally barren... Take away the fact that your riding purely on slickrock, the trail is basically the exact same as most midwest and eastern XC trails, steep short burst to the top, quick descent down, rinse repeat. Its a lot of fun, but ive ridden better trails in the Smokey Mountains, like Tsali. Bring lots of water! Bring extra tubes!

Similar Trail: Utah riding us pretty unique so i dont know.

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drlg on September 25, 2010
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Review: Awesome! One-of-a-kind scenery, great riding, world-famous. Have to do ride.

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stillfat on August 2, 2010
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Review: Over-hyped, overrated, crowded, blah, blah blah... This trail is great and there's nothing like it. Yes, better trails certainly exist (even in a 10 mile radius) but that shouldn't deter from rating it. Sweet.

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rharper33 on June 9, 2010
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Review: Personally, I don't understand the hype over this trail. I must agree that it was unique terrain but that's it. I rode the practice loop and then, hoping it would get better, did the main loop. Desolate landscape and nothing but down one rock, through a sandy bottom, then up another rock. I thought Porcupine Rim was 10 times better!

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tomemogus on May 2, 2010
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Review: I thought this ride was very unique and fun. It definitely took a lot of energy to complete the whole thing. This trail has a lot of steep technical and strenuous climbs as well as some fun and technical downhills. It's not hard to imagine this slickrock trail used to be sand dunes. This trail is definitely worth riding once in your life.

Similar Trail: Gooseberry Mesa, Porcupine Rim

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tontonuy5 on November 16, 2009
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Review: A really unique, beautiful trail. Went to the vista points along the way and it was well worth it. Be aware of the weather conditions. Definitely not for beginners. Bring all your necessities. Be prepared.

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tysande on October 16, 2009
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Review: Fun, Tiring, and spectacular! Some great scenic views of Moab and the river.

* Review edited 10/16/2009

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cpadebo on October 13, 2009
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Review: While I'm not the most experienced mountain biker I can tell you that this trail is trully unique. It's like riding on giant boulders of solid rock melded together with lots of ups and down. Be prepared for a workout as the climbs are challenging. I love how many of the downhills have an uphill waiting at the end so you can really let the bike fly down the hill.

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kuala_tahan on June 1, 2009
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Review: Real cool trail, never ridden anything like it anywhere before. Not too technical, lots of quick up and downs, short steep climbs and short steep descents. Highly recommended, try not to ride it mid-day, the rock turns the trail into an oven. Go morning or later afternoon

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SLOWGATOR00 on May 20, 2009
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Review: SLICKROCK!! Intense med-short burst climbs with roller coaster fun downhills. Trail is not highly technical (no big step-up/down) but does require a high level of fitness if you want to actually ride up the climbs. If you go to Moab and don't go here you're cheating yourself out of one great rewarding challenge! The views of Arches and of the looming Porcupine make this trail a must for all skill levels (bring your H2O!!).

Similar Trail: Chutes and Ladders for the burst/up 'n down climbing required, otherwise nothing else like it!

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TMWJR777 on April 8, 2009
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Review: Don't know what all the fuss is about this ride. Been there and rode it once, that was enough. I guess it's cool if you are into the whole "work out" part of riding. I myself didn't care for it all that much. Climb for 3 or 4 minutes, downhill for 30 seconds and repeat for 11 miles. Not my idea of**ood time, I'd rather get my climbing over with, then bomb back down to the car. To each his own I suppose. Gotta do it at least once just to say you have I guess.

Similar Trail: Anything else in Moab(Amasa Back, Moab Rim, Porcupine Rim, Bartlett Wash, Sovereign Sngletrk)

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BFD on August 3, 2008
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Review: My brother and I hit this trail several years ago and we still talk about how much fun we had to this day...Totally worth it the drive from just about anywhere. Take plenty of water.

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steve32300 on July 11, 2008
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Review: You deffinatly get traction here and I can attest to it.I am a clydesdale rider at 280 and until I invested into a rachet style rear hub, I broke 2 pawl body's and a chain all in one trip to slick rock.Never made it more than 2 or 3 mile's out on the trail before haveing to walk back to the truck to go back to town to get the bike fixed.Now that I have a new rear wheel and hub that can take that kind of abuse,I cant wait to get back there.

Similar Trail: I dont think there is another like this one.

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JackPompanoBeach on July 11, 2008
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Review: I don't know why so many people seem to be down on Moab. This trail kills! If you are into thrills, there are some wicked downhills, turns, and the views are breathtaking. I think guys are down on it because the steep climbs are pretty taxing, and there is a greater chance of maybe getting hurt since its all solid rock. This is by far one of my favorite rides, and is tons of fun!

Similar Trail: Gooseberry Mesa

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NoTrace on April 19, 2008
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Review: Get your slicks on so you stick and ride some wild angles on this trail. The rock is like sticky tape (to both tires and skin) so you can go nearly straight up and down. Everyone one should do this ride at least once.

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Brannam on February 2, 2008
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Review: Bring all the water you can carry, the trails in Moab will work every part of your body and mind during the summer. Slick rock has some great drops and even better climbs. The veiws are great and the rocks will bleed you when you go down. No MNT Biker should pass up a chance to ride this route.

Similar Trail: Mmmm, nothing!

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Terry_Tiessen on November 26, 2007
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Review: Slickrock rocks! This is some of the craziest riding in the world. You don't even realize how good the traction can be on this trail. I definitely climbed the steepest I ever have on Slickrock. The views are great too. Natural Selection viewpoint is awesome! Even when the trail is wet, the trsaction is incredible. We went in the heat of day in mid September and it was about 90 degrees...but it's a dry heat..yeah right. I finished off my 100 ounce Camelbak, and also drank most of a bottle. This is a trail that all mountain bikers need to try. I wish I could make a slickrock slurry and have my own slickrock at home in Oregon. Awesome ride!

Similar Trail: Sovereign & Amasa Back

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Siberian on October 9, 2007
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Review: This trail is always a curiosity. You will see people on cruisers tooling around with no problem, and at the same time you will see veterans fearing to go over the first steep hill. This is as much a psychological trail as it is a physical one...but amazing once you get the hang of it. Rated a 4 only because there isn't much variety. You are either going up or down, both of which require concentration and effort.

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John Fisch on October 8, 2007
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Review: Some choose to decry this trail as overrated, saying it's a one-trick pony. That may be so, but it's a heckuva good trick! You can do things here you'd never dream of on any other surface. In addition to the fanatastic slickrock, the views are magnificent. This place is truly unique and worth every bit of the hype. Not for beginners or the unprepared, however. Bring water and avoid midday. The 10 miles will be among the most taxing 10 you've done.

* Review edited 1/7/2010

Similar Trail: Porcupine Rim

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dougsmith on September 22, 2007
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Review: Tough trail especially if you go counter-clockwise. Very hot and very little shade. Trails give great traction, like riding on sandpaper. A trail to do put on your to ride list.

Similar Trail: Only other rides in Utah are anything like it.

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BobinConifer on September 5, 2007
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Review: Fun second ride of the day with good cruising...

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raleighman91 on July 24, 2007
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Review: Love the trail so much fun

Similar Trail: porcupine rim

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Russp17 on June 29, 2007
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Review: Sweet ride, good views, I loved it so much to see, nothing is quite like riding slick rock

Similar Trail: nothing compares

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abharper on June 15, 2007
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Review: Slickrock is fun. This is a great trail!! The hardest thing for me was how steep the ups and downs were. My husband did the whole loop while I goofed around and practiced on some short sections and enjoyed the view. It was fun, I'd recommend it for any level rider, just take it easy if you have nerves like mine! :) We went in March, good time of year to be there.

Similar Trail: Klondike Bluffs has some slick rock too and is good for beginners.

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arnolda14 on June 6, 2007
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Review: This is our Mecca. You haven't earned the badge of a true Mtn. Biker until you ride this. Doesn't matter how good you are or how long you've been riding or how many hours you've put in the saddle or how much you love it. You have to respect the Slickrock, make the pilgrimage and pay it hommage. Very few people would say this is their favorite trail, but it is a helluva ride and it is THE ride, so put away your clown suit and go ride this thing.

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Lancefan on December 2, 2006
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Review: You have not mountain biked, or for that matter lived, unless you have at some time riden some of slickrock. It is step and technical and almost impossible for even the best riders to ride all of it, but this trail is all about the experience.

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simonpence on September 15, 2006
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Review: Sweet ride

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odogtriever on May 11, 2006
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Review: As good as advertised. Very crowded, but like no other trail.

Similar Trail: Goosebury mesa near Zion

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xtrsmith on April 10, 2006
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Review: sometimes overcrowded. may I recommend any of moab's other trails? most of them rock.

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gab26 on April 2, 2006
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Review: World famous slickrock what more can you say. Do it early or late to avoid the crowds and heat during the summer. To me either the hard loop or easy loop does not make any difference go either way and you will enjoy it.

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c3667 on November 21, 2005
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Review: This was a great trail!!! I had soo much fun . climbing was easy to do on what is basically a 11 mile paved trail. (with extreme angles and obsticals). I plan on doing this trail at least once a year!!!

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rocketbracket on November 14, 2005
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Review: definietly unique trail with awesome scenery. very tough for me a Florida rider used to getting a little rest on flat straights. no flat straights here. Slickrock loop requires constant concentration. short climbs up and downhills will work your legs to the max. make sure to hydrate well before and during the ride and have your bike brakes and your fitness level in very good shape. town of Moab and people there are also great.

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epoderom on July 16, 2005
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Review: Pretty tired the day I intended to go, but decided to go anyway, very glad I did. . . . .other trails in Moab have slickrock also but none as much as this trail. You can get into some wicked angles

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woodiebikes777 on May 4, 2005
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Review: Great trail, it's amazing to think you are riding on petrified sand dunes. Watch out, A Jeep trail crosses the bike trail a few times. There are some sandy areas which make it kinda hard.

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Pedro_Carvalho on December 23, 2004
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Review: An unique trail. Everybody should ride Slick Rock, especially in the Fall.

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Guest on July 5, 2003
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Review: it is fun, a kid i went with did part of it nude it was funny, this ride is awsome. Don't crash it hurts

Similar Trail: There is nothing else like this trail

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