June 19, 2016
Like the other trail systems along 313, Navajo Rock...well...rocks! They have done a great job designing these trails. And while there are short sections that are just a bit difficult to follow because of degrading paint on the rocks and missing trail-defining rocks/branches, the whole system is well marked with trail junction signs found practically everywhere in Moab now. Review from our ride that started at the parking area at the junction of Big Mesa and Ramblin:
Big Mesa - Spectacular riding in the shadow of the huge mesa of red rock. A very up and down trail with a few techy moves. This trail is dominated by the mesa that you ride next to, so it's aptly named.
Big Lonely - Big Mesa flows onto Big Lonely, and I'll have to admit that they did a good job of naming these trails. This trail is one of the most open of the bunch with smooth single track among sage and exposed, flat slickrock. I think this is the easiest trail of the system, but I mean that in a relaxing way and not one that means you shouldn't ride it.
Coney Island - Big Lonely crosses 313 to access Coney. I was expecting this to be the weak link in the system given the description on Utahmountainbiking.com, but it turned out to be probably the most fun downhill section of the loop! There is a short section of road that does not feel like 3 miles at all, and it morphs into fast singletrack that is just a blast. This trail turns more technical towards its junction with Rocky.
Rock Tops - I'd say that this trail was the most challenging of the four trails with some super steep rock climbs and exposure in several sections. The views are great and the tech sections shouldn't ruin anyone's enjoyment of the trail in total. Mostly rock riding as the name suggests once again.
Ramblin - Crossing 313 again at the end of Rocky takes you to Ramblin. This trail has probably the most pure slickrock riding (different in many ways to me that Rocky Tops), and it also a blast.
That loop came out to just under 18 miles with over 1,700ft. of climbing. Highly recommended system to explore when in Moab!
Mag 7 and Horsetheif area trails in Moab