1.2 miles
Distance
286 ft
Climb
-210 ft
Descent
00:23:56
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Slickrock (practice) Trail
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    BLM
    Land Manager

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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Dirtbike/Moto
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #555 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #1163 in E-Biking
    • #13181 in Trail Running
    • #3623 in Hiking
    • #2532 in Dirtbiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
    • 65 in Dirtbiking
  • Land Manager
    BLM

This trail makes a good introduction to the type of terrain you'll find on the main loop, but at a more moderate level for those who want to ease into it. Still, it presents some significant obstacles and should not be taken lightly. True beginners probably won't enjoy a ride here.

Just a quarter mile into the main Slickrock Trail, fork right at the painted junction to start the Practice Loop. Follow the white dashes along a series of sandstone domes, followed by a quick descent toward the Echo Canyon viewpoint. It's worth getting off your bike and hiking to the edge of the cliffs for a closer look at this box canyon.

Continue along the dashed line as it winds up and over more low fins and across sandy washes back towards the main trail, with a number of short but steep climbs and drops. You'll rejoin the Slickrock Trail around the 3/4 mile mark. If you're up for 10 more miles of slickrock, turn right for the full loop. If not, turn left for a quick return to the trailhead.

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

After some practice, advanced adaptive riders can most likely do this trail solo. There are a few steep ledgy spots (two with deep sand leading up to them) that adaptive riders will most likely need an assist for and three or four off-camber situations possibly requiring a spot for riders with higher injuries.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Slickrock (practice) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    76 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,549 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,672 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,572 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,648 ft
  • Grade
    1.169%
  • Grade max
    -108.628%
  • Grade min
    33.566%
  • Distance climb
    3,601 ft
  • Distance down
    2,217 ft
  • Distance flat
    705 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:56
  • Avg reverse time
    00:24:44
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Status:
on Apr 5, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 3.95 (34 votes)

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      Slickrock (practice) Trail Reports

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      Apr 5, 2021 @ 9:09am
      Apr 5, 2021
      Absolutely perfect.
      Nov 21, 2020 @ 8:44am
      Nov 21, 2020
      Nov 14, 2020 @ 4:19am
      Nov 14, 2020
      Recent rains have made the sandy sections firm and fast!
      Oct 13, 2020 @ 8:27am
      Oct 13, 2020
      Oct 6, 2020 @ 11:36am
      Oct 6, 2020
      Rejected
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 17 rides
      • 6 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 349 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,677 rides
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      Oct 6, 2021 @ 9:39pm
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      187 |
      Dec 21, 2016 @ 9:28am
      Dec 21, 2016
      186 |
      Oct 22, 2015 @ 11:08am
      Oct 22, 2015

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:19)
       An epic teaser of the whole loop on petrified dunes. Very rideable from town. Short, bitey climbs and descents with epic scenery. Don't miss it.
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      Videos

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      Slickrock Practice Loop
      4:07 | 940 | Apr 18, 2018 , Moab
      Slick rock practice
      0:24 | 119 | Nov 18, 2019 , Moab
      Deep Sandy section on slick rock practice loop
      0:19 | 55 | Nov 18, 2019 , Moab
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