20.3 miles
Distance
1,636 ft
Climb
-1,632 ft
Descent
4,807 ft
High Point

Klonzo is a fun place to ride, but access isn't the best. To get there you have to drive out on this long dirt road and cross a very sandy wash. This wash is not always the most car friendly "road" and I prefer to ride more than drive. This route is my favorite figure 8 loop to do at Klonzo leaving from the Brand Trailhead. The Zephyr trail is sometimes double track, sometimes singletrack, and always a bit dry and sandy, but it bypasses the drive, so I like it for that reason alone.

Once you get to Klonzo this route takes you to my favorite climbs like Borderline and my favorite little downhill sections like Gravitron, VergiGo, Roller Coaster and Red Hot. I even like Zoltar for what it's worth, a fun romp across fins of sandstone and little dips and dives across the slick rock.

After linking up those fun DH sections you can wrest your arms (not your legs) as you roll back to the Brand Trails. To put a cherry on top of the loop I like to drop it down Maverick and back to the truck.

Detailed Description
Brand to Klonzo Ultimate is a 20 mile popular intermediate route located near Moab Utah. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 21 trails. This route climbs 1,636 ft with a max elevation of 4,807 ft then descends -1,632 ft.
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45 Reviews & Comments

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Dancecomp28 (Sep 10, 2022 at 14:49)
Trail North 40
This trail is lots of fun! Rode it counter clockwise, definitely a blue trail for sure, maybe one or two features that’re black. But, 98% blue. I was able to clean it 1st try, but lots of fun. It’s a great challenge for an intermediate rider and I’d happily do this trail again.
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Dancecomp28 (Sep 10, 2022 at 14:44)
Trail Maverick
Meh, skip this one. I thought it would be pretty good considering it’s one-way. Nope, nothing here worth noting. Just a quick little downhill followed by a climb.
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Samcmilly (May 31, 2022 at 20:51)
Trail North 40
Had a lot of fun riding this solo. Was able to clear 95% of it, def found the rating of blue/black accurate. Mostly flowy with some techy sections, great views and a some fun downhill! Added maverick for a little extra fun!
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Ivanpmadureira (May 18, 2022 at 19:43)
Trail Zephyr
Extremely poorly marked. By the looks of the traacks in the ground, I wasn't the only one to think so.
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mikewendricks (Apr 15, 2022 at 21:32)
Trail Circle O
Don’t waste your time unless you wanna rattle off your wrists and hands. Riding on bumpy as rock slab the whole time following a brown line painted on the rock. Only had 2 days in Moab this trail and the next 2 connected to it wasted time.
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HCS19 (Apr 11, 2022 at 16:37)
Trail Bar M Loop
The Moab Brands area A.K.A., (Bar-M) is a great place for families with varying skill levels with a number of different trails to choose from. The area is very user-friendly and has trail maps posted at each trailhead. Comprising over thirty (30) miles of intersecting singletrack, which include flat trails suitable for children and towing toddlers to intermediate and black diamond trails to challenge even the most advanced riders. 

Additionally, riders can enjoy great views of Arches and the Moab Canyon. When your ride is complete, enjoy an easy pedal down the paved Moab Bike path back to town. 
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tmccabe84 (Jan 31, 2022 at 10:06)
Not a black by any stretch of the imagination, basically more of the same as Red Hot for a mostly smooth, flowy down from the top.
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TomAntles (Jan 25, 2022 at 10:17)
Trail North 40
Rode this yesterday, should be noted that this trail is marked counter clockwise only. Unfortunately, I didn't notice the sign at first and started out the wrong direction. Ultimately, I didn't like the flow and some technical climbs I couldn't clean clockwise so I went back, saw the sign and found it flowed much better counter clockwise as marked. much easier coming down some of the more technical areas than climbing.
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Tealbike54 (Nov 17, 2021 at 21:54)
Trail North 40
Not a Blue by any measure. Maybe a black blue. Certainly moe challenging than Bar-B. I am an intermediate to advanced rider - ridden most of the areas in Moab and 90% of Bar M.
Rock step ups, armor, narrow passages up and down, lengthy uphill rock sections. What I also question is the direction. Clockwise ending down Maverick maybe a lot more satisfying.
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TiffyP (Nov 6, 2021 at 14:02)
Trail Circle O
All on rock, super fun for all age ranges (we had 61, 46 and 11)
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brahhh (Nov 24, 2020 at 16:27)
Trail Circle O
Fun trail! If you like bumpy slickrock, you’ll love this trail. A few people said this has no flow, but you can make it have flow if you really try. Even if you can’t make it have flow, that doesn’t mean it’s still not an amazing trail. It’s a challenge, and goes on for a little bit longer than the average rider would like, but no complaints. Great trail, don’t leave bad comments just because you can’t ride the trail.
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Kriekory (Nov 6, 2020 at 19:54)
I agree not black diamond
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Kriekory (Nov 6, 2020 at 19:54)
Great down trail, rode this with redhot which made for a fund downhill section connecting into midway.
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aguynamedjoe SCMTS Staff (Oct 13, 2020 at 6:20)
Trail Circle O
Circle O is an experience. I come from Redwood Trees and the Pacific Ocean. There is nothing like this out there. To ride almost five miles with no dirt, just solid rock under your tires, is pretty cool. And the expanse of rock in front of you is something to behold. It's not the best thing I've ever ridden, but having ridden it I feel like I've expanded my bike story. We capped it off with Lazy, and the smile at the end of this route was grande.
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provin1327 (Sep 26, 2020 at 19:27)
Trail North 40
Rode this with a group of mixed skill riders and it was a great warmup to Moab trails.
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provin1327 (Sep 26, 2020 at 19:27)
Trail Maverick
Rode this with a group of mixed skill riders and it was a great warmup to Moab trails. Surprisingly fun and you can easily lap it.
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gregs22 (Sep 1, 2020 at 10:09)
Trail Gravitron
Probably the most fun trail in the Klonzo system. There are a couple of switchbacks to navigate but nothing too tight. It doesn't really have any dangerous or difficult features but there are parts along a steep hillside. It's probably the steepest/fastest Klonzo trail, which is why is rated as "black", but It's probably an intermediate trail compared to the rest of the trails in Moab.
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AKRe (May 24, 2020 at 16:19)
Trail North 40
A good solid Blue. Lots of fun extra credit almost everywhere. Says it’s a Blue/Black...( maybe with riding all the extra credit, maybe) All in all, a fun trail! I will rid again...
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Brete (May 24, 2020 at 15:58)
Trail Gravitron
Barely intermediate but the trail is a lot of fun.
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Brete (May 24, 2020 at 15:56)
Trail Gravitron
Barely intermediate but it's a ton of fun.
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shoc08 (Dec 13, 2019 at 16:14)
Trail Circle O
I enjoyed this for the first 10min because it was unique terrain (started at the north side) but after that I was counting down to when I could hop back on the Bar M trail - what a relief once I did. No flow and lots of bumps even for my dual suspension
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shoc08 (Dec 13, 2019 at 16:11)
Trail North 40
Really enjoyed the NW corner of this loop. Great flowy downhill section (although short)
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djwford (Nov 14, 2019 at 15:20)
Trail North 40
A bit too stop-and-go for me, but maybe that's just cuz it's above my ability level so far. Quite technical.
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mdbrdy (Nov 12, 2019 at 20:10)
Trail Circle O
This trail's low fun factor is not due to the roughness, but rather the fact that it's very mundane. It's kinda fun for the first mile in that same novel way that Slickrock is, but then it just becomes mile after mile of "okay I want something else now." Slickrock has a challenge aspect that keeps it interesting for like 5-6 miles but there's just not enough here to keep it engaging.
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JohnyeWest (Oct 27, 2019 at 19:44)
Trail Bar M Loop
Sometimes a side chick ain’t even a chick. Sometimes it’s a gently downhill fire road.
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echerny (Oct 2, 2019 at 19:21)
Fun, jumpy trail with good flow. Agree that this is more of a blue or mayyybe blue/black. All features have a bypass so it's rideable by any intermediate rider.
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echerny (Oct 2, 2019 at 19:19)
Trail Gravitron
Agreed with previous comments. This is a blue/black.
Super fun trail, unique trail. Highly recommend!
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TimHeaton (Aug 30, 2019 at 18:45)
Trail Circle O
If you like slickrock this is the ride for you! It's my favorite of the Moab Brand Trails. It gets you bouncing around and has some fun obstacles. I prefer to ride it in combination with the Rockin-A trail to double the fun!
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TimHeaton (Aug 30, 2019 at 15:30)
Trail Gravitron
This is my favorite Klonzo trail! It has a nice variety of obstacles, none of which are difficult, and there's only one difficult climb (near the end). It is one-way, but I rarely meet anyone on it anyway. This trail requires access and exit via other trails with several options, so there are great ways to mix it up!
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Maltar (Jun 7, 2019 at 13:11)
Trail Circle O
Its not fast but surtain has some charm to it. The view is great and the rock something else. I do propose a name change based on previous comments to drunken lizzard trail.
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Sixnutts (May 7, 2019 at 13:37)
Trail Circle O
Like riding on the moon. It was fun but does kind of wear on you by the end.
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Sixnutts (May 7, 2019 at 13:31)
Trail Borderline
Very good ascent/descent to get to the exceptional Wahoo Loop.
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Sixnutts (May 7, 2019 at 13:30)
Trail Wahoo
Loved this section of the Klonzo. We climbed borderline to get to Wahoo and then linked to Vertigo and back to borderline. Great 7 mile set of trails.
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Lbcochrane (Apr 29, 2019 at 16:17)
Trail Circle O
If it weren’t for the view of Arches Nat’l Park and the awesome feeling of being in the middle of the moon surface, this trail would have little to recommend it. It’s a really bumpy ride, and not in a fun way. Still, we can all use practice diving into crevices and pulling out (dozens and dozens of times. Sigh)
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emanuelLys (Apr 24, 2019 at 16:40)
Trail North 40
Great intermediate loop.
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emanuelLys (Apr 24, 2019 at 16:38)
Trail Circle O
My back still aches. Never again. Rough AF. Maybe fun as a junior rider learning to ride slick rock.
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adventuregirl13 (Apr 20, 2019 at 18:35)
Trail Circle O
Thank you James. I wish I'd read your review before I'd ridden it. Horrible trail. Felt like Groundhog Day.
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TysonRay (Mar 25, 2019 at 10:39)
Trail Gravitron
This was by far my favorite trail on a short 2 day adventure checking out the what the North had to offer. Definitely coming back for more!
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BlackCrowe (Mar 18, 2019 at 18:35)
Trail Circle O
Fun trail that is bumpier than Slick Rick, but no problem unless you are on grandma's rigid bike. All rock, it is a pleasure to romp around on because it is probably unlike anything you have at home.
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LKL1 (Nov 18, 2018 at 7:48)
Trail Gravitron
This trail is an “easy” black trail, there are no serious or commiting features. Super fun flow trail!
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darylhuff (Sep 5, 2018 at 6:00)
How did this get rated black? It is the definition of blue
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sunderland56 (Jul 19, 2018 at 10:48)
Trail Circle O
Wow, whole lot of hate for one of Moab's classic trails. Circle O is all slickrock riding with great views into Arches National Park. It would be bumpy on a rigid bike - but if you have suspension it's fine, and fun. And, it's only a 20 minute loop - if you don't like it, there's plenty of time left to ride other trails in the area.
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Champ-11 (Jul 19, 2018 at 9:38)
Trail Circle O
The trail is simply not fun. It’s all rock of which is bumpy the entire time. No flow, nothing smooth, not technical, it constantly rattles you. It has many ditches shaped like a “V”, the first few are okay but then they become a chore to cross. The trail line has been accurately described by JamesPBlaw in the previous comment. I would never do this trail again and I do not recommend it.
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JamesPBlaw (May 17, 2018 at 20:36)
Trail Circle O
This trail is as if someone attached a paintbrush to a drunk biker and then released a wild animal after them. Don't even bother.
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Chonky13 (Dec 6, 2016 at 8:06)
Trail Wahoo
This trail is just as fun as Gravitron when ridden counter clockwise. Don't bother with Sovereign trails unless your on a dirtbike. Klonzo system is all non-motorized. Great on a fatbike or singlespeed!
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Trails in Route

Bar M Loop4,528 ft
Circle O817 ft
Bar M Cliff1,798 ft
North 401 mile
Secret Passage1,634 ft
Maverick2,126 ft
Borderline5,148 ft
Borderline3,766 ft
Cross Canyon1,132 ft
Klonzo Entrance240 ft
Wahoo1,598 ft
Seven Mile Flat722 ft
Zoltar3,396 ft
Topspin4,377 ft
The Edge3,304 ft
Midway512 ft
Roller Coaster3,491 ft
Gravitron2 miles
Zephyr4 miles
VertiGo2,913 ft
The Red Hot2,720 ft

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  • Difficulty rating
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More Stats for Brand to Klonzo Ultimate mountain bike route
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  • Altitude start
    4,563 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,567 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Grade min
    23.4%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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