I haven't been to Moab in a few years, & with the trails being too wet at home & the promise of cooler temps., this seemed like the prime time to go.
Driving south from northern Utah these rainbows kept getting in my lane over Soldier Summit.
Wednesday morning we took the shuttle up to ride the Porcupine Rim trail. From the shuttle drop we rode up the Hazard trail toward the La Sal mountains till we hit mud, turned around & began the long descent.
The ride was about 24 miles total with a 4800' descent according to my GPS. From the Hazard singletrack we join a section of the Kokopelli trail & then the upper & lower Porcupine singletrack which joins the main rim trail above Castle Valley.
The mid section of the ride is a mix of singletrack & old jeep roads with lots of slickrock drops & steps
The final pitch returns to technical singletrack, dropping down to the Colorado river & back into town.
That evening I drove into Arches National Park to watch the sunset & the almost full moonrise.
Petrified Dunes with the La Sals in the background:
Thursday I drove just north of town to ride the Baby Steps trail & many of its variations. This is the area near Klondike Bluffs & where a lot of the newer trails & rides are found.
The area is a great mix of moderate technical singletrack & slickrock. Ended up with about 20 miles of up, down, around, over & under.
Under the overhang:
Through the slot:
Am I lost? At least there is some water:
Friday morning I drove north of I-70 into what seemed like the middle of nowhere. About 30 miles on dirt rodes brought me into the San Rafael swell.
A little rock art left by the Anasazi. Where the hell did they go anyway?
Some amazing canyon walls:
The drive out to the Good Water Rim trail was way more interesting than I expected this whole area is amazing. The ride itself is narrow, fun, winding single track that follows right on the edge of a canyon called the wedge. It is about a 20 mile loop.
Who'da thunk there was a mini Grand Canyon out here:
Pretty incredible place:
I took the scenic route home through Duchesne & the Wasatch back.
Home Saturday to tacky trails & Fall colors:
Thanks for viewing,