March 20, 2015
Just wow, my favorite ride. This trail has everything. First a hike a bike to the top of the mountain pass, only about 1-2 miles. After that a steep grade descent down shale rocks following a creek, with a few crossings, there is a few set of climbs in this section so expect it, but its pretty and filled with Aspens. Next you hit a campsite, just go straight through it and take the dirt road to connect to Hazard county. A short climb into cow fields, with some small jumps and Berms. Next UPS and LPS, I forgot when I switch over in this section because you're flying through it, All downhill and it's when it starts to get arid. This is where you hit the canyon wall with the spectacular view, and the famous photo op. The trail turns into rocks and drops at this point. For a while take a jeep trail, but it's not bad as there's plenty of rocks and small drops through there. This is where I popped my tubeless tire, it just happened to start raining and I sat in a cactus. Then the final part Porcupine rim. A lot of sections that are exposed with questionable rocks and bumps that make most walk parts. After riding through that, you take a maybe 5 mile downhill ride to Moab. Get out there early and you can't have enough water, I had a 3L Camel back and 2 water bottles and I was out of water by the time I hit Porcupine. In the summer it's 45 degrees at burro pass and 90 at porcupine.
For it's diversity nothing, But the lower half is like every trail near moab, All rock, the upper half is like colorado trails.