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Length: 32.4 miles (Includes 5.6 miles from trail end back to Moab on paved trail.)
Trailhead(s): Geyser Pass Trailhead
Elevation Gain: 1,283’ (7,795′ descent) – for the whole 32.4 miles
Trail Type: Point to Point
Permit Required? No
Considerations: Requires Shuttle
Season: July 1 – mid-October (This for the whole 32.4 miles. Some lower sections may have a longer season.)
“The Whole Enchilada” – that name gets any experienced mountain biker excited, and I am no exception. I have had the pleasure of mountain biking all over the country and I can state, without hesitation, that this was the best ride I have ever had on a mountain bike. Not only is it mind blowing to start the ride at 10,600′ in the high alpine of the La Sal mountains with Moab and the desert below, you must then climb to 11,150′ over the course of a mile to begin the 7,795′ descent back to Moab. In the process, you will encounter beautiful scenery, amazing views, highly technical trail, shear 1,000’+ drop-offs only feet away from the singletrack, and four different eco-zones.
Due to the distance and nature of the terrain, a shuttle is obviously necessary. The best way to accomplish this is to arrange a shuttle with one of the many shuttle companies in Moab. The shuttle will drop you off at the Geyser Pass Trailhead at 10,600. Over the course of the first mile you will climb 550′ until you hit Burrow Pass at 11,150′ to begin the descent. The climb is very steep and tough, but the pain fades immediately upon beginning the descent.
Dropping from Burrow Pass is perhaps the most demanding part of the ride. The trail is very steep, with roots and rocks which are usually wet. You will soon move out of the pines into a beautiful, fun section of Aspen trees. From there, the trail continues through amazing scenery and miles of singletrack (and some jeep roads) that will test your technical skills, ultimately reaching the Colorado River and joining the Moab paved trail for a ride back to town. The 5.6 miles back to town on paved trail may not sound exciting, but it too is a beautiful ride and the residual adrenaline and sense of accomplishment will keep you company until you arrive back at your car.
I can’t express enough how much I love this trail! If you have the skills and you are in Moab, don’t miss it!
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