April 27, 2017
Serious mountain bikers from around the globe have at least heard of Moab's Slickrock trail. Moab is known for being a mountain biking mecca and the Slickrock trail is what put Moab on the map. Named for the smooth sandstone rock surface it is composed of, Slickrock is unlike any other trail, it is truly a unique ride.
It is a trail of many small ascents and descents that leaves you exhausted, only the strongest climbers will avoid getting off the bike occasionally to walk the insane inclines. This ride doesn't require much skill but, again, prepare to get off your bike a lot. If you visit Slickrock in the summer, expect an extremely hot and miserable experience. Average summer temperatures of 100 degrees. Bring plenty of water.
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 for its history as one of the first hardcore dedicated mountain bike trails. For most, Slickrock is likely a trophy ride that they won't want to ride too often. It took me about 2 hours to ride the 10 mile distance with my water supply nearing scarce. The trail is well marked with white arrows painted directly on the sandstone surface. For someone who is out of shape, I do not recommend this trail.