Slickrock

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4.52 out of 5
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12
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↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,300 ft
4,501
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About this trail
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.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ December 31, 2002
Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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March 24, 2015
 
Review: This trail is very unique. I enjoyed the terrain and the endless traction. However, I did not have much fun. I can't really explain why either. I am giving a 4 star because on a different day I might have a different view.

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March 2, 2015
 
Review: Slickrock is a classic, if not iconic trail. I would give it 5 stars if the rating was based solely on uniqueness. I think the trail is one that absolutely everyone should experience and is fun but it's not endless amounts of flow. Punchy and steep ups are cool with the endless amount of traction on the rock and downs that one may wish went two or more times as long are very repetitive. Nevertheless a must do at least once for anyone who travels to Moab. If you're limited on time, just ride the practice loop and get on out to some other trails such as LPS, Ahab, Amasa, or Navajo Rocks. Don't take the full trail lightly, it's not easy or quick.

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December 28, 2014
 
Review: Really different and fun for a guy from the east. I read a lot of the reviews that say it is crowded. I went late in the day and was pretty much by myself for the entire loop. Saw very few other riders which was great. For an aerobic warm up, ride up from town vs driving.

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December 15, 2014
 
Review: Nearly 100 reviews... What else can be said? We rode it under a full moon (no bike lights). What I like the best is that you can explore sections off the painted trail and find some cool lines less traveled.

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September 29, 2014
 
Review: Super dope. Packed. Very unique.

Similar Trail: Klondike bluffs

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September 6, 2014
 
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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August 9, 2014
 
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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July 18, 2014
 
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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July 18, 2014
 
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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June 2, 2014
 
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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Slickrock MTB Trail 4.52 out of 5 based on 101 ratings. 101 user reviews.
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