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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +350/616 ft
Total: 21 riders
 

Mountain Biking Flat Pass

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#248 of 691 mountain bike trails in Utah
#13,094 in the world

This is a rugged jeep route which bears a lot of resemblance to the traditional Porcupine Rim route. There is an initial climb of 1,000 feet in the first four miles and 1,500 ft of descending over the last six. There are ledges galore along the way, both going up and down, and plenty of play areas and stunt opportunities. There is also deep sand intermixed with the slickrock.

First added by John Fisch on Nov 28, 2014. Last updated Apr 27, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Moab, travel south. Turn left at the sign for Ken's Lake. Follow the signs for Ken's Lake until the pavement makes a hard left to the lake at which point you will go straight onto the dirt road. Follow the dirt road up a notch and park at the clearing right before the cattle guard.

To leave a shuttle vehicle at the north end, going south out of Moab, turn left onto Spanish Trail Road. Follow it to a traffic circle and continue straight on through the other side of the traffic circle; although going straight the name of the street will change to Westwater Rd. Go past the golf course and park in the clearing on the right.

To ride the route from the southern trailhead, go across the cattleguard and down the dirt road. Go right at the fork and almost immediately go left across the creek. After that, follow the jeep trail to the dirt road at the other end. Most intersections have signs which say "Steelbender" (this is also known as the Steelbender Jeep Safari route). At the north end, go left at the T and make the tough climb out of the valley and over the ridge to your shuttle car.

If doing as a loop, continue past the parking area and go straight through until you get to Spanish Valley Drive and go left until you get back to the road which will take you back to the southern trailhead.
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  • John Fisch
    *****

    This is an awesome trail and a truly hidden gem among Moab's more well known rides. The slickrock is fantastic, the scenery exceptional, even by Moab standards, and the descents on the north half are crazy good. You can play on ledges and rock all day here.

    This is mostly an advanced trail, but a fit and adventurous intermediate can have a great time here as well. There is one significant creek crossing at the beginning and three more toward the end, so be prepared to get wet.

    If you're looking for something in Moab you haven't done before, or are just looking to escape the crowds and still get in a great Moab ride, then the poorly named Flat Pass (which is anything but flat) is your ticket.

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