September 29, 2013

Slickrock'n, Afterdark Arches, & the Enchilada À la carte - Moutain Biking, Moab, Utah

Yup, Im making it official!  If you mountain bike, then do yourself a favor and make a trip to Moab, UT.  Riding slickrock is crazy cool and super unique.  If you decide cranking up sticky rock just isn't for you then go check out the 100's of other great ride in the area.  This was Kristin's and my first trip to Moab.  Awesome! and will be going back.  The Massey's showed us the ropes and took us on several of the area's classics!  All repeaters for sure: Klondike Bluff Area Trails, Slickrock and "The Whole Enchilada"  as called by the locals.

The Whole Enchilada:  Often regarded as the ultimate Moab ride.  A link up involving Burro Pass, Hazard, Kokopelli, Porcupine Singletrack, and Porcupine Rim covering approx 30 miles starting from the La Sal Mountains, with 7000 vertical feet of downhill ended at the Colorado River.

Our version this trip Enchilada À la carte:   Thanks to roughly 4" of snowfall on Thursday night up near Burro Pass in the La Sal mountains.  We opted to start the ride at the Kokopelli / Hazard County trail junction (~8500').  Still an amazing ride and hey we skipped out on 2000' climb:)  all downhill on the À la carte version.  And we still got to experience some snow during the ride:)

Use the MTBProject interactive map below to zoom in and browse some of Moab's trails!









Mighty Colorado River Carves Below SlickRock




Slickrock Training Brigade - Anne, Thomas and Kristin on Baby Steps Loop trail




The White Dash and Rubber Marks Replace the Trail Cairn - Me on Slickrock trail




Slickrock Luge - Thomas on Slickrock trail




Refuel on the Porcupine Rim Overlooking Castle Valley - Kristin and Anne Porcupine Rim trail




The Klondike Bluffs at their Grandest - This overlook is only reached by a bonus hiking only trail off the Klondike Bluff 4x4 trail




The Endless Slickrock Romp - Kristin on Slickrock trail




Sunset viewing from high up in Window Arch - Anne South Window Arch


Mario Brothers take on Slickrock - Me (Luigi) and Thomas (Mario)


Slickrock Roller-coaster - Kristin and Anne




Tight Squeeze - Kristin on LPS trail


Mario's Personal Cheerleaders - Kristin, Thomas, Anne


The switchback method - Anne demonstrates with a successful burst up the steeps



The MnM Gang wrecks havoc on Sand Arch - a few days later the government shuts down and all National Parks close...hmmm curious - Sand Arch way past sunset, Arches National Park - Kristin, Thomas, Anne, and Me behind the camera