3.6 miles
Distance
198 ft
Climb
-143 ft
Descent
00:47:14
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Big Chief Trail

Big Chief Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Dead Horse Point
    Moab, Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #1117 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #1367 in E-Biking
    • #74460 in Trail Running
    • #7199 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in E-Biking
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Utah State Parks

Barely intermediate, mostly easy riding, especially after you break off of the rim and make a 180 up to the mesa it really smooths out. Some fast fun sections give this trail some great flow.

Adaptive Bike Info
aMTB 2 Rating: Obstacles exist. You may or may not be able to ride this solo. Support rider recommended.

There are 2 or 3 semi off-camber spots that are questionable. Take a support rider the first time. Best counter-clockwise.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Big Chief mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    57 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,926 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,021 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,948 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,004 ft
  • Grade
    0.3%
  • Grade max
    -9.4%
  • Grade min
    17.2%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    4,505 ft
  • Avg time
    00:47:14
  • Avg reverse time
    00:48:30
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Status:
on Nov 10, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.25 (33 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Directions to big-chief trailhead (38.504070, -109.714640)

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      6 Months
      • 275 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      7 Reviews & Comments

      • - 2
      jnambrose (May 8, 2018 at 16:09)
       E -Mtbs are allowed in all Utah State Parks.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      sunderland56 (May 8, 2018 at 17:00)
       Not all of Big Chief trail is inside the State Park.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      bensgig (Apr 29, 2019 at 7:29)
       A little more tech but still easy and family friendly. Lots more people on this side.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      singingcierra (Nov 8, 2020 at 7:49)
       The route done backwards is easier as far as climbing goes. Has lots of fun low-intermediate technical sections. Beautiful views, nice flow.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      KathleenrUf5N5 (Nov 17, 2020 at 11:40)
       Sadly Traiforks data is incorrect for this trail and all mountain bike trails in Dead Horse State Park, dogs are NOT allowed. We were very sad to have to leave our dog in the car (fortunately in cool weather) after encountering a ranger towards the beginning of the trail. The park website confirms dogs are only allowed on the hiking trails.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      andy-legrunge (Nov 17, 2020 at 11:41)
       Trailforks is a crowd-sourced database, please submit an edit if you find information that is not correct.
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      • + 0
      mconnitro (Jul 13, 2021 at 10:56)
       Great trail worth the drive and the entrance fee
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      UNP MUSIC - Big Chief - Adaptive MTB - Place
      2:22 | 162 | Dec 29, 2020 , Moab
      Dead Horse Point, Moab (Utah)
      5:17 | 191 | Dec 27, 2020 , Moab
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