Moab - Over rated? Not really - Part 2

Jun 1, 2012 at 11:49
by Sharon Bader  
Mag 7 Epic (adding Portal and riding in mid-day heat apparently makes it an epic)

The Trail Mix group who work on Moab trails have been busy. Mag 7 used to start at Gemini Road, but the trail groups have created a new Epic Ride; Mag7 is a 26 mile point to point between Hwy 313 and the exit at Portal on Hwy 279 ( Potash Road). The first sections – Bull Run – Arths Corner – Little Canyon Single Track – can also be done as an out and back if you don’t want to shuttle. The ride up Gold Bar, Golden Spike to Portal is long and does require some route finding to make it interesting.

I'm sure this area was ridden by the locals for years since it's incredibly cool. It would not be easily accessed by tourists since navigation in these parts can be difficult, if not deadly. Adding trail markings, signage and directions makes this much less of a dangerous undertaking although one that still requires fitness.

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Shuttle the road unless you like road riding on your mountain bike


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Mag7 ride is well signed - Trail information


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Take advantage of the shade as much as you can!


DCIM 100GOPRO

Top of Gold Bar Climb


The Bull Run to Little Canyon leg is fast and swoopy, loosing 400m in 16km. Don't underestimate the rest of the ride! The next 16km is where you climb a grueling 500m in twice the time it takes to do the first half! Take note that many people just do Mag 7 as an out and back or finish by riding out to the 181 and then either to a previously dropped car or on bikeways back to town - which should take another 2 - 3 hours. If you're going to finish on Portal bring plenty of water! Portal via Golden Spike and Gold Bar and the remnants of old previously legal singletrack will add another 2-4 hours to your ride.

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Riding on the edge; 300m drop to minimal transition of bus-sized rocks


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On to Portal - Mandatory walking sections! Bit of climbing here and there, but it's mostly downhill with rocky ledgy sections.


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Portal is quite technical with lots of rock features and ledges to roll


Moab - COMPLETE Mag7 at EveryTrail


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Hazard Enchilada

This is the Moab Classic. Burro Pass is the highest start of this ride, but is not usually clear of snow until July. This ride is often ridden from Hazard County - which still gives you an 1800m descent over 32km. Worth getting out of bed to do. We used Coyote Shuttles which stages out of Chilli Pepper Bike shop to get us to Hazard (and to the Mag7 start). The peaks of the La Sal mountains in the background are at 13,000ft and you can ski there in the winter!

enchilada

Hazard parking lot


The views do not suck on this ride, neither does the trail which is a combination of singletrack, some doubletrack then mostly singletrack again till you hit Porcupine Rim. Porc Rim is incredibly fun doubletrack/jeep road with lots of cheap air opportunities ranging from 1 to 5 foot hits launching off rock to more rock or hardpack ground. Needless to say the terrain is not forgiving so you should ride accordingly!

Lee on UPS


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Gotta take in the views


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Then you go down.


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John found us a nice beach to hang out at after the ride


Moab - Hazard Enchilada at EveryTrail

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While still an incredibly popular destination, especially for Canadians who are tired of a long, cold, dark winter, Moab offers incredible rides, epic scenery, great trails and always a vacation worth doing. The great work by the Trail Mix group makes planning rides easy and lessens your chance of going off trail and dying (!) which is always a possibility in this potentially inhospitable epic land.


43 Comments

  • 4 0
 After talking about riding Moab for over 15 years, we finally made the trip this past spring. It didn't disappoint. Riding in the desert heat, even in the milder seasons, is completely different than riding in the wet of Vancouver's North Shore. Full of surprises. But for me and my buddies, the best part by far was getting out meeting people and making new friends. As it turned out we met Lee and Sharon - they took us under their wing and acted as private guides on and off the trails. It really was an epic trip. Thanks guys.
  • 2 0
 Ya know, I really like reading about these epic riding spots, this and the stories lee and Sharon did earlier in Switzerland were great. Don't get me wrong, I love a gravity fix as much as the next bloke, but these articles make my bucket list that bit longer. Earning your turns can be fun, perhaps some PB groms should give it a crack...
  • 2 0
 Thanks! Groms grow up then realize that riding all kinds of bikes in all kinds of terrain can be fun too. It's fun writing these and even more fun visiting these wonderful places in the world.
  • 1 0
 Lee you are a lucky bloke, got some room for me in your suitcase next trip? - I can't claim to be the best wordsmith, but pretty sure I can throw down some reasonable adjectives when I'm riding...
  • 4 3
 No shit you can ski the La Sals, you can watch recent ski segments that were filmed there. One of the times we tried to ride the Enchilada, it was a blizzard and at the bottom was beautiful desert conditions. Oh and we were only dropped off at the point beyond the Porcupine trail head... the change in environment there is insane. This write up is massively better than the last one just because it included some stuff I haven't heard about yet. Always new things to explore there, overrated my ass.
  • 4 1
 so the write up is only good if you haven't heard of it before
  • 2 0
 The other write up by Beth was a roadtrip story and an entertaining one. With this one we (Sharon and I) were trying to give some pointers and directions so someone who hadn't been there could look at the pics, video and information and get some basic idea of what to expect and how to do it. Different goals for different stories.

mnorris - as we said in Part 1 we wanted to highlight trails that were new-ish or had been changed in the past few years. Sorry you missed that statement.
  • 1 1
 Haha I'm not trying to be insulting. I'm saying its better than the other story because it mentions rides that I haven't heard about until reading them in this write up like the mag 7 epic ride. It got me pretty excited to go back down there again.
  • 3 1
 I'VE BEEN THERE!!!! Best Freeride/crosscountry/all mountain/downhill biking in the world (non lift access) hands down I love that place so much! although, it does get to be 110 degrees during mid afternoon.
  • 1 0
 The elevation drop just from Hazard to the Colorado River is still something like 6000 feet, you start in the aspens and pines and descend all the way down to creosote and cactus. The elevation loss from Burro is another 2000' if you can get that high, I believe it's up around 10,000. The T.W.E is the definition of an epic, a manageable one, but I still prefer the wide open descent off Amasa as my favorite Moab trail.
  • 2 0
 People are starting to realize that Utah has some of the most diverse, epic, best riding out there. Best skiing on earth, and now the resorts are really building up their summer game as well.
  • 3 0
 Am heading to moab in a few months, can't wait. I'll be taking a big bike though!
  • 2 0
 I spent four days there last september, rode a few trails, including the whole enchillada, and did not see people riding downhill bikes there, a 6 inches bike is more than enough, I was riding a nomad.
  • 5 0
 looks too hot for a scot
  • 2 0
 There are some great places to ride your DH bike in Moab. For real DH, there's Dave's trail and Chile Pepper trail (in town). For free ride, Bartlets Wash is the top of the list, Slickrock is great too with a little looking around. The Portal trail and the Moab Rim are good as a push up and back. And epic rides on a DH bike are the Whole Enchilada and Death Canyon. Ask Chile Pepper about that last one!
  • 1 1
 A six inch bike is not anywhere near enough b1rdie, maybe for the riding you do hahaha. haha it is a bit hot over there Angryham however I've been over in Australia the past year, more than acclimatised for it. Should be cooler later in the year anyways. Thanks for so much detail flymybike! I'll be checking a few of those places out.
  • 1 0
 OK, hope you enjoy your time there as much as i did hahahaha.
  • 4 0
 Nice article... Slickrock Trail is over-rated anyhow....
  • 1 0
 It's a nice intro to the area though and pretty unique don't you think?
  • 2 0
 Slickrock is that novelty ride that you have to do at least once because there's some spots on that trail that are unlike anything you'll probably ever ride again. It is quite the bastard of a ride though.
  • 2 0
 And its still tough. Anyone who can ride Slickrock fast and smoothly is a pretty good rider.
  • 1 0
 I've never made all the climbs on Slickrock. The traction is so good that the trail goes up rock faces that you can barely keep your front end down, and a few are long enough that unless you're uber fit you simply cannot maintain the effort needed long enough to get up 'em!
  • 3 0
 I think it's worth while to do it if you never have ridden The Slickrock Trail. Just because it's one of those "must-do" rides. But once is enough, unless you are one of those people who enjoy punishing themselves by climbing steep climbs over, and over, and over again. If I don't have a shuttle or chair-lift, if I'm pedaling up, personally, I'd rather get the climbing pretty much done all at once, then ride all DH to the finish.
  • 2 1
 Last 5 years I have been riding just Whole Enchilada ,this year I managed have 20 runs in 3 weeks ,total in last 5 years will be over 100 and i do not live there...so is must be good :-)
  • 1 0
 I was out near poison springs UT a couple of months ago! awesome place as well, just wish i had my bike to play on while i was out there!
  • 4 1
 Those Pivots sure do look sweet!
  • 3 0
 the trail is called the whole enchilada, not the whole burrito haha
  • 1 1
 well you cant stuff porcupine rim into the enchilada so i guess it had to be a burrito
  • 3 0
 That's because the upper section(Burro Pass) wasn't able to be ridden yet due to snow. So, they called it the whole burrito instead of whole enchilada.
  • 2 0
 The perfect article to read after the 11th day of continuous rain here Razz
  • 2 1
 Moab, so boss.
  • 3 2
 real AM!!
  • 1 2
 Why do you even bother with a shirt? I would just have gone topless in that weather.
  • 3 0
 It's the desert. Topless = large sun burns.
  • 3 0
 It's also Moab. Topless = Large trail rash
  • 1 2
 One word for ya.....TRIPOD!!!!!!
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