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Slickrock Bike Trail, Moab

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The Slickrock Trail, located near Moab, Utah (U.S.A.), is a popular mountain biking destination with worldwide fame. This 13mi loop takes intrepid riders over a landscape of "petrified" sand dunes and the eroded remnants of ancient sea beds. The Slickrock Trail is one of the more difficult rides in the Moab area, both technically and cardiovascularly, and is not suitable for novice riders.Part of the Sand Flats Recreation Area, the Slickrock Trail was originally laid out in 1969 by Richard R. Wilson for use by Honda Trail 90s (before the mountain bike was invented), and the area is still open to such recreation today. 4X4 and off-road enthusiasts will find a challenge on the nearby Hell's Revenge Trail, which intersects the Slickrock Trail in several places.The so-called "slickrock" sandstone, which forms the majority of the trail's surface, is not slick at all, but has a surface much like sandpaper. The rubber tires of a mountain bike or off-road motorcycle will grip readily to its surface on all but the steepest hills. The sandpaper texture is notorious for inflicting severe abrasion injuries. The name "slickrock" was given by early settlers of the area because their horses' metal shoes had difficulty gaining traction on the rock's sloping surfaces. The same is true today for cyclists who use shoes with metal cleats while riding the Slickrock Trail. Slickrock also becomes very slick when wet.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Were before sunrise on the trail on the way. Easy lace. Have needed about the loop 2.5 hours. Would but also faster. For mountain biking-tested, the trail should present any major problems.
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  • July 3, 2017
    Slickrock bike trail was originally built for motorbikes. Now it is an immense expanse of slick rock crisscrossed by marked routes now mostly used by mountain bikes but also good for hiking. Shorter t...  more »
  • June 23, 2017
    if you have not done this ride before, must do. Love how the bike tires stick to the slick rock for climbing, descending. Not long, some technical parts, but you can walk around them.  more »

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