The Slickrock Trail in Moab, Utah (a.k.a. Mountain Biking Mecca) lives up to the hype. The trail surface is 99.9 percent slickrock (actually grippy sandstone), which allows for traction unmatched anywhere else. Spectacular is an understated way to describe the scenery, and the difficulty level is just right – challenging, but doable. There are a couple of sketchy spots with little to no room for error – places where a fall or missing a turn could break your neck. But for the most part, it’s mountain bike heaven. I wonder if it’s worth even bothering with other trails. Nah, just come back here again tomorrow. On one of my rides, I saw a golden eagle and a northern harrier, both on the wing. And if you go in the off-season on a weekday, you won’t have to see a million other riders. This trail is so popular that a groove is slowly being worn that will mark the trail long after the painted hashes wear off.
From 400 East Street in Moab, take Mill Creek Drive up and up (about two miles) to the Slickrock trailhead parking lot. There are restrooms here but no running water. There is also an entrance fee. There’s a two-mile practice loop you can try before tackling the roughly 10-mile trail. [more]
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