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Slickrock Bike Trail, Moab

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Biking Trail
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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  • This is it - Slickrock. The ride is advanced, but once you get into it (try not to brake going down before an uphill), it's a great roller coaster ride. The views are tremendous. There's no way around...  more »
  • Slickrock is the real thing for hard core mountain bikers! It can be vusy and crowded, but there are trails for all levels of riders and the payoff is a view of the red rocks that cant be beat. Come r...  more »
  • This legendary trail, which picked up on the to-do list of mountain biking Moab, one must have made easy. Technically not difficult: STS Max S2 in some places, but much up and down, sometimes steep. Driving down (although you can see many mountain bikers, who also do not drive down) is all right, up you must go down in some places. The special and beautiful is the slick rock with incredible liability in the very beautiful countryside. Very much recommended. Some great vantage points to Moab and the Colorado River. If you are not quick enjoys vantage points, one must reckon with slightly more than 2 to 3 hours.
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