Riding AreaSand Flats Recreation Area
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular in reverse
Global Ranking#746 in Mountain Biking
Local Popularity90 in Mountain Biking [+]
- 5 in E-Biking
- 5 in Trail Running
- 5 in Hiking
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.
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More Stats for Slickrock (practice) bike trail
Altitude change76 ft
Altitude min4,549 ft
Altitude max4,672 ft
Altitude start4,572 ft
Altitude end4,648 ft
Distance climb3,601 ft
Distance down2,217 ft
Distance flat705 ft
Avg reverse time00:21:35
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Slickrock (practice) Trail Reports
Nov 10, 2018 @ 12:11pmNov 10, 2018
Oct 22, 2018 @ 3:12pmOct 22, 2018
|Puddles, but they are getting smaller and very avoidable! From the saddle of my '94 Fat Chance|
Oct 21, 2018 @ 10:51amOct 21, 2018
Oct 4, 2018 @ 9:56amOct 4, 2018
Mar 29, 2018 @ 6:06pmMar 29, 2018
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