Slickrock

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↑ 2,200 ft
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Trail Description
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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: How long to ride it? -Guest

A: As the description states, 3-4 hours, but other sites say plan on 2.5 to 3 hours. Depends on your level of fitness and experience.

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Granny Gear

April 27, 2017
 
Review: Serious mountain bikers from around the globe have heard about Moab's Slickrock trail. Moab is known for being a mountain biking mecca and this trail is what put it on the map. Before it's time not many had riden on trails anything like it, which is why it's known for the slick rock surface its composed of. It is a trail of many ascents and descents, that leave you feeling tired, and for some walking your bike. This ride doesn't require much skill if you don't mind getting off your bike a lot. If you go the wrong time of year you will be extremely hot and miserable. With beautiful scenery and views, it also has very dangerous parts that aren't for beginners. Living in the area allows me to visit many trails that are similar, and I don't see why people would make this the holy trail other than it's history. For most it is like a trophy ride that you probably won't want to ride too often. It took me about 2 hours and water was nearing scarce. For someone out of shape this is not recommended.

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Granny Gear

April 3, 2017
jnyoung95 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Had a blast! Rode it twice

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Granny Gear

November 1, 2016
selmtron Granny Gear  
 
Review: Unlike anything else I've ridden. Reminds me of snowboarding- if you like mogul runs, you will flourish here. Clockwise circuit took me 56 minutes parking lot to parking lot. Sick workout, I assume. The only part I didn't clean is one of the sand pits. If you absolutely -have- to clean it nonstop, I would ride a fat bike for the sandy parts. If you like extra spicy trails, look up "Dave's trail" to take back to town

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Granny Gear

September 25, 2016
NDavis77 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Practice loop... reviews weren't kidding about not taking this lightly! Lots of climbing, need Lance Armstrong legs.... hike-n-bike... great views though!

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Granny Gear

September 12, 2016
Mugochap Granny Gear  
 
Review: Very enjoyable trail. Challenging both up and down. The steepest climbs I've ever ridden. It's incredible how much traction your tires have on the slickrock. Highly recommend the trail, but make sure you bring your spinniest gears and your climbing legs!!

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Bunny Hop

April 14, 2016
 
Review: Super steep in some sections. Was very challenging but a very humbling trail. A must ride, but be prepared to walk some.

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October 26, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Awesome and super fun with incredible scenery. One note about the length - many online resources say it takes 3-4 hours to ride the trail - I am not a very fast rider and it took me about 1.5 hours. In fact I rode it twice - counterclockwise and then clockwise - in about 3 hours.

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Bunny Hop

October 6, 2015
ducklover3 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Best trail in Moab by far so epic you will never ride anything else like this

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Bunny Hop

August 26, 2015
jmumford Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Moab is amazing. Hands down. I'm going back! But who puts a straight up climb after a sand trap. Apparently Maob does. All I can say is why? There is a lot of fun to be had on this trail. It's super steep. Climbing or descending. And for me there were some hike a bike sections. Mostly the climbs. But yeah ride it. And as I'm not local. For me this trail said welcome to Moab. Mountain biking at it's best.

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Trailblazer

June 14, 2015
 
Review: This one just wasn't for me. It was fun to check the box and say "yeah, I done that" but there was no real flow. Some of the ups are super duper steep. I had a pretty bad crash going up one of them, and it kind of tempered my attitude for the rest of the trail. I much preferred Mag7. So much more flow and not nearly the short steep climbs.

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Slickrock MTB Trail 4.47 out of 5 based on 112 ratings. 112 user reviews.
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