The Whole Enchilada

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added by JackPompanoBeach Gramcounter on August 19, 2009
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This trail encompasses several trails including Burro Pass, Hazard County, and Porcupine Rim. You start out at 10000ft, and climb about another 1400 to Burro Pass, then the downhill insanity starts. Thru wooded forests, Aspen Pine lands, creeks, then down open prairie land and thru miles of technical really fast, crazy steep and slippery single track until you get to the Upper and lower Porcupine sections, then you finally end up at the Colorado River. This is the most technically diverse and by far the most fun ride I have ever done. I don't believe you could find one ride that has it all like this does.Took about 5 hours, but we stopped a lot for pictures, scenery, and just to in general take it all in. Amazing ride....
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Trevor Warne on November 27, 2014
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Review: 7,000ft of descent through huge variation of ecosystems, climate and trail type. How can that not be 5 stars? EPIC!

Similar Trail: Maybe some stuff in Peru that can compete with the vertical but not the variation in ecosystems, climate, views or variety of trail type.

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Trevor Warne on December 1, 2014
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Review: Sep & Oct best months. Burro Pass is 11,200ft so usually has snow from Nov-Apr. Moab is 4,000ft and friggin hot in Summer. You can start at various lower points which extends the season. Check with local bike shops for shuttle drops and conditions but unlikely to have much open Dec-Mar (try Sedona in those months).
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b699305 on December 1, 2014
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Review: What would be the best month to ride it? It's about a 10hr drive.
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Guest on October 22, 2014
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Review: One of the highlights of our recent trip to Moab, Out Coyote Shuttle bypassed Burro and we started at Hazard County. 1075' 0f climbing and 6037' od descending. 3 60 year old advanced riders who had tons of fun, we rode over and had a look at the Notch then walked down as I suspect all but the 1% riders do. Everything else was ride able. I don't mind missing the Burro Pass climb. Going back next year with the wives. they should be able to ride all but a few of the ledges. Not to be missed.

Similar Trail: For distance it's about like Flagline (Mt Bachelor) back to Bend. Scenery wise there is nothing like it that I've seen.

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ctcarson24 on October 20, 2014
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Review: This is a must do bucketlister for anyone who claims to be an MTBer.

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GTechRacer on August 9, 2014
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Review: I rode this on my hardtail and had a lot of fun which makes me believe that anything is fun on a hardtail. Regardless, this is my favorite trail and I've ridden many trails across the US. There is a good climb at the beginning in Burro pass but it's probably one of only 2 climbs, the rest is a downhill paradise or relatively downhill. It's not the most technical ride I've ever done (Pilot Rock in Pisgah is) but it's still pretty technical. Fantastic views and great single and doubletrack; this is why I mountain bike.

Similar Trail: If Monarch Crest and Captain Ahab trails had a baby

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bobbybrowntown on May 11, 2014
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Review: Epic beyond belief, don't believe all the wimps saying its to technical to be fun. They just aren't experienced enough and got in over their heads. I started this ride with a group of 16 guys and only 3 of us made it the whole way. Definitely not for the inexperienced.

Similar Trail: Nothing on this planet

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Smeiser on March 12, 2014
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Review: Mixed feelings about this trail... if you're in Moab JUST to mtn. bike, then absolutely hit up this big long mix of trails. But when I'm down there I like to rock climb and canyoneer as well, so it's too long. Having said that I did do it once and it was definitely worth it. I rate it a 4 because of the Porcupine Rim section (you can see my separate review on such) which, while fantastic, wasn't a perfect experience. But I do love the La Sal mountain/starting portion of this trail. A couple spots are almost un-bikable and most people will have to walk, but that kind of adds to the experience in a way. I normally like to go to Moab pretty early in the year (like March)--I can't remember exactly when I did this trail, but I do remember encountering some snow at the beginning, so keep that in mind and maybe hit this trail up more towards May or June. Remember, it's Moab yes, but this trail starts high in the mountains. Which is why it's so great! So much diversity in terrain and scenery and style. Definitely do this trail... if you have the time.

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knoxjw on October 1, 2013
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Review: Try it out if ya' have the time. Best mix of terrain variety I have ever experienced on one trail system.

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rangelinenaturepreserve on February 19, 2013
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Review: This is the best trail I have ever ridden. It is not for the technically challenged. It's 26 miles from top to bottom with 30~40% climbing. Lots of rocks and very rough. The first mile or two on Burro Pass is almost unrideable. Save your energy and walk to the top. This will make the rest of the trail quite enjoyable. This trail has everything; tight switchbacks, rock drops, rough, smooth, fast, slow, great scenery, scary views, woods, grass, short gravel section, short 2-track, exposure, bla, bla, bla. This is not a beginner trail. Take plenty of water, lunch, tubes, CO2, and a camera. The Porcupine Rim section is probably the funnest, but the most dangerous too...cliffside drop offs.

The best way to ride the Whole Enchalada is take a shuttle to Burro Pass. Most bike shops in Moab offer the service. You will ride a short distance down a gravel road from where the shuttle drops you. The start of Burro Pass is on the left. Walk your bike to the top of the mountain. Rest at the top for a few minutes then bomb down the other side. When you reach the paved highway 26 miles later, follow the Colorado River via the highway and bike paths downstream approx 5 miles to Moab. Stay single file because the highway is narrow.

If you like challenging downhill/cross country, this trail will not disappoint. I have ridden it on both types of bikes and had a blast. The downhill bikes eat up the rough stuff and take the drops. The cross country bikes far excel on the climbs and tight technical stuff. Fun is to be had on either type of bike. It will take about 6 hours your first time for the breathtaking views. If you only stop for lunch then the ride time greatly decreases to 3.5~4

Great trail!

Similar Trail: Nothing like it that i have ridden yet

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Guest on June 27, 2012
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Review: Burro Pass, Hazard, Kokopelli, Porcupine Singletrack, and Porcupine Rim - an
Epic La Sal to Colorado Ride.

This ride is 26.5 miles long, with 7000 vertical feet of downhill. It's an
unforgettable epic experience, but is only for strong, skilled, and adventuresome
riders. It peaks at 11,200 feet in the La Sal Mountains and drops to the
Colorado River. Climbing will total about 2000 feet.

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roloenweston on July 15, 2013
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Review: I suspect you may have forgotten to include your rating, I doubt you meant it as "0" stars. This trails deserves maximum ratings, in my humble opinion.
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Greg Heil on June 22, 2012
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Review: This is probably the best trail I have ever ridden! It's hard to beat the epicness of a crazy-technical, 27 mile long, 7,000 vertical foot descent. The trail passes through almost every climate zone imaginable, from high alpine, through several different type of forests, ..... all the way down to desert. Watch for my blog post about this ride, coming soon!

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DFWMTBPals on August 7, 2011
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Review: I've done this trail early August with a group of MTB friends. It took us 8 hrs to complete between waiting for others and a small lunch break. The most challenging parts are the downhill switch-backs at the begining of the trail and the last part of close-to-the-rim technical rocky area. This last part is very dangerous as you're exhausted and your ability to maintain balance is very compromised at this point. I drank a 3Lt camelback and a jug of concentrated gatorade, and that's the minimum you will need in my opinion to complete the trail on sunny days. I would't recommend to do this by yourself unless you're very familiar with the trail. There's a bail-out option right after starting the Porcupine Rim that is 15 mile away from town, but you will still need to ride 6-7 miles on a trail until you hit alpine loop. If you don't have half of the water by then I would advice to bail out and attempt it later. It's very well marked with minimal options to go wrong, There's a map at the end of every section providing directions. There's plenty of fun and challenging stuff, drops, creeck crossing, rock crawling, and singletrack downhill during the ride. It's an awesmome ride and the hardest I remember riding so far.

Similar Trail: Ir you're in the area, don't leave without riding Slickrock. It would be a piece of cake after The Whole Enchilada :)

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JackPompanoBeach on September 14, 2010
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Review: I rode the Whole Enchilada again this summer, during my trip which included the 401 in CB< Hartman Rocks, Albuquerque, and Fruita....Whole Enchilada is still the best trail you will ever ride, period. But it's only for riders who want a serious technical adventure! Beginners or those not real experienced should stick to the upper parts, before UPS! I would drive all the way to Moab to just ride WE, it totally kills! I did walk to the Burro pass though, it's a pretty serious climb on my Freeride bike, and I gave up after last year, but all the other guys around did ride it! Get your shuttle ride to the top from Uranium Bike Shop in Moab, they are great people! Then you land at the Colorado River and ride back to town. I am a crappy climber and I got from the top of Burro to the river in about 3 hours, plus a few minutes for pictures, breaks etc.

Similar Trail: Nothing compares to this trail. It's the top of the trail chain!

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cpadebo on October 13, 2009
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Review: This trail is not for the technically challenged. The uphill described at the beginning is long and steep. You will have to hike your bike up most of this part and it will be very taxing. Once you get to the top be ready for the most technically challenging downhills through the woods I've ever experienced. With constand switchbacks, loads of obstacles to negotiate and a steep hill there is plenty of opportunity to wipeout. As a not so experienced mountain biker I was demoralized by this challenge. I fell several times and was left to walk my bike more than I'd like. If you are an experienced mountain biker ready for a technical challenge you will meet your match here. Once down the hill there is this creek the trail rides along with a few crossings of the water that is cool. Be careful though, don't be like me and go head over into the water! I went in Octber and it was windy and cool here so dress accordingly.

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The Whole Enchilada MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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