5.1 miles
535 ft
-531 ft
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Slickrock Details

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    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Dirtbike/Moto
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  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (8 votes)
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #149 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #815 in E-Biking
    • #36528 in Trail Running
    • #8359 in Hiking
    • #917 in Dirtbiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking
    • 90 in Dirtbiking
  • Land Owner

Why is it called Slickrock? Though incredibly tacky for bike tires, horses with metal shoes do not have the same experience, so settlers in the 1800's named the sand stone "slick rock".

Starting from the largest parking lot ever dedicated to a single trail, head north on easy terrain. You'll come to the Slickrock Practice Loop in .25 miles, which is well worth the detour. It's a good introduction to the main Slickrock loop, slightly easier and adds another fun mile to your ride. It reconnects to this trail half a mile later.

The trail is a never-ending series of short but incredibly steep climbs and descents. The rock provides incredible traction, and after a while, you'll realize that everything here is rideable, even if it appears to be way to steep to ride at first. If this is your first time, walk the steeper ones and work up the difficulties slowly - falling on rock hurts more than dirt.

From the intersection with the Practice Loop, you'll ride a short connection to the main loop. Along this section, you come to a cool view down Abyss Canyon, then wade through a sandy pit, and then intersect with the 4x4 trail called Hell's Revenge (don't follow that trail by accident).

At 2 miles you'll come to the loop part of this lollipop, and the preferred direction is clockwise (though either way is fine), so take a left and ascend along 'swiss cheese ridge' high above Moab. This is a long, generally straight in direction, section of trail. The ups and downs are steep for sure. Along the flatter sections of slickrock, be on the lookout for potholes that cradle prickly pear cactus or want to swallow your tires.

At 3.5 and 5 miles, there are optional spurs (each a couple tenths of a mile) that go to the edge of the cliff for great views and are well worth it. The trail turns to parallel the Colorado River here and begins to descend towards a vast, flatter expanse of slickrock. It's wise to roll up to edges slowly.

The Natural Selection viewpoint at 7 miles is really cool, and a great place for a rest before you head back to the west and south to complete the loop. On the return you'll find more punchy climbs and steep descents with some sand traps mixed in for good measure. This part of the route will pass a couple of different canyons and you'll get some spine tingling views across the red rock landscape.

There's one big climb and descent to tackle before reaching the intersection to head back to the trailhead. Your legs will be tired but keep riding, you're about the complete the world famous Slickrock

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Slickrock mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    3 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,458 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,780 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,572 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,577 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,116 ft
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Avg: 4.2 (138 votes)
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      Slickrock Trail Reports

      Jul 10, 2023 @ 10:47pm
      Jul 10, 2023
      May 29, 2023 @ 10:44am
      May 29, 2023
      Great ride, spectacular views and terrain. Not sure how TF and MTBproject both show only ~900ft elevation gain on this ride when we put in 1808ft...
      May 12, 2023 @ 8:57am
      May 12, 2023
      May 10, 2023 @ 7:54am
      May 10, 2023
      Apr 26, 2023 @ 2:43am
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