Moab Mountain Biking

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Moab Mountain Biking Road Trip

During the last week of October, a group of us packed up the truck and headed to Moab for five days of mountain biking, Mexican food, and Oregon beer (pro tip: take good beer to Utah). Not many destinations get as much media coverage as Moab so we figured we better head down there and see what all the hype was about (plus our BendTrails Instagram account has been blowing up with Utah photos for the last month).

If you’ve been to Moab, feel free to drop a comment below and let us know what you thought about the town, the trails, and the experience.

First Stop: A Bogus Basin Shuttle in Boise

Moab Road Trip

Since the drive from Bend to Moab is around 14 hours, we decided to stop overnight in Boise and ride with our friends from BoiseTrails — these are cool guys and they’ve got some really sweet trails.

Bogus Basin Mountain Bike Shuttle

As soon as we could dump our stuff at the hotel we jumped in Jason’s truck and drove to the summit of Bogus Basin where we started our shuttle back to town — a mostly downhill ride of about 20 miles. Here, Kirk is showing us one of the side features that most riders miss.

Mountain Biking the Boise Foothills

As you descend from the tree line at Bogus Basin you abruptly hit the open grasslands of the Boise Foothills where the trails become flowy, fast, and wide open.

Day One: The Pipedream Trail in Moab

Pipedream Trail in Moab

Our first ride in Moab was right in town on the Pipedream trail. It’s like a lot of trails in Utah — with sheer drop-offs on one side (or the other).

Rock Features on the Pipedream Trail

There are some great armored features on the Pipedream trail. If you trust the trail builders to not send you off a cliff — and you keep pedaling — they are all makable.

Pipedream Trail Armored Section

These armored sections are a great warm-up for Capt. Ahab which we would ride a few days later.

Day Two: Moab’s Slickrock Trail

Climbing the Slickrock Trail in Moab

Everyone will tell you that the Slickrock trail is a must when visiting Moab — so I’m not gonna say that. It was cool, and the scenery was great, but as trails go, it was kind of boring for my taste. Maybe if I had my 1985 Schwinn High-Sierra it would have been more challenging.

Slickrock Trail in Moab

Forget what I said about the trail being boring in the caption above. The downhill parts of Slickrock are pretty rad — I just wish there was a lot more of them.

Desert Pool on the Slickrock Trail

One of the oddest things we saw was this seasonal desert pool which was teaming with Tadpole Shrimp that look like miniature horseshoe crabs — there were lots of other weird pre-historic critters swimming in that pond that I couldn’t identify.

Day Three: The Whole Enchilada

Whole Enchilada Trail in Moab

The Whole Enchilada starts in the La Sal Mountains and descends back to Moab in about 20+ miles (depending where you get dropped off). Stopping and taking a photo at this rock ledge is required. Also, your bike is about to take a major beating, so this is a good place to tighten all your bolts.

Whole Enchilada Slick Rock Feature

If you like steep slick-rock sections (and who doesn’t?) the Whole Enchilada has some of those too.

Porcupine Ridge Cliffs

The Porcupine Ridge Trail makes up the lower part of the Whole Enchilada and it’s famous for its cliff-side exposure. If you don’t like heights, you’ll want to keep your eyes focused on the trail and ignore the gorge below (also, good luck with that).

Day Four: The Magnificent Seven

Gemini Bridges in Moab

The Mag 7 (or Magnificent Seven) is a ride that links together seven great trails. One of the interesting side features are the Gemini Bridges which are worth parking your bike and hiking down to check out. Super cool.

Magnificent Seven Rock Drop

The Mag 7 was a fun place to ride for the whole crew with lots of optional ledges to drop off of and really minor climbs (we’re shuttlers, not climbers).

Bull Run Trail Rock Section

One of the cool features on the Bull Run Trail. If we had a sixth day to ride we probably would have ridden this one twice!

Day Five: Pothole Arch and Capt. Ahab

Amasa Back Trail

Here’s a rad drop-off on the side of the Amasa Back trail. When doing a rad drop-off, you should always make sure your knee pads are down around your shins — haha.

Captain Ahab Roll-in

Capt. Ahab is an incredible trail. There are steep roll-downs on slick rock (and armored rock-gardens) around every turn. Think of C.O.D.’s rocky sections on steroids — it’s a short trail, but gnarly from top to bottom. In this pic Eric Meade charges ahead like it’s NBD.

Captain Ahab Rock Garden

On the climb up Amasa Back we met up with Chris, a ski-patrol and paramedic from Vail. I’m not gonna lie, having a paramedic join you on Captain Ahab is probably a good idea.

Epilogue: 10 Barrel Trail Beer

10 Barrel Trail Beer

Our BendTrails sponsor 10 Barrel Brewing Co. hooked us up with some great Trail Beer for the trip because Utah is seriously lacking in the good beer department. Thanks 10 Barrel! #drinktrailbeer

Robert RekwardThis article was contributed by Robert Rekward. Robert is part of the team that created the BendTrails website. During business hours you can find him at Delicious, a marketing company here in Bend which he owns with his wife, Valerie. If it’s not business hours, Robert’s probably on his bike. Or in the garage, working on his bike.

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