Moab Bike News
After a brilliant Saturday of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, perusing the simpler trails in the Klondike Trail System of Moab, loving the fact that a new footpath has opened, so the non-biking family members could enjoy access from a single parking lot in the backcountry, have to shout, “Hail! Moab Trail Mix!”
The volunteer organization, Moab Trail Mix, has been busy constructing new bike trails. Keep in mind the agencies, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Forest Service, National Park Service, the City, and local bike businesses and riders sit at the table and collaborate. The BLM used National Public Lands Day to encourage volunteers to shape a pedestrian path to the Dinosaur Stomping Grounds. It is an area that received tremendous press in August 2014. It is a trail that parallels the Mega Steps mountain bike trail in the Klondike Bike Trail System to an expanse of trace fossils. Close by find the Copper Ridge Track Site, both areas of tracks are from the Jurassic Period in the fluvial Morrison formation deposit.
Trail report bike-wise? The Agate trails make a delightful loop and Chilkoot Pass are the right trails for a 10 year old, new to single track. The success was measured by the need to get off and walk the bike. Sensibly it is less frustrating to ride than having to push the bicycle frequently. Looking for similar rides, caliber of easy? Raven Roll in Dead Horse Point State Park, Rusty Spur in the Moab Brand trails are proven for this particular 10 year old.
MOAB BLM has determined this year that motor assist bicycles (electric or fueled) are motorized vehicles, therefore, motor assisted bicycles are NOT allowed on non-motorized trails. The Moab Travel Council posted a terrific Motorcycle Trail Ride page in September 2014. Go look at it now. http://www.discovermoab.com/motorcycle_moab.htm
Now onward to the New Trails!
In the La Sal Mountains, standing regal to the east of Moab, the Forest Service completed the Geyser to Burro singletrack trail and Jimmy Keen Flat Trail is 9 miles. Get a little respite from the summer heat and pedal these trails in the warmer summer months.
Back in the canyons below, there is this tally of new mileage.
HyMasa Trail is 2.7 miles of singletrack in the Amasa Back riding area. It is moderately strenuous and requires technical skill which is the case with the Amasa trails in general. Hymasa is an alternative to get off the brutal jeep route comprised of gruesome ledges. A pit toilet was installed in the Amasa parking lot this year too.
The Klondikes have had the Miner’s Loop completed near the southern parking lot. It is an advanced 1.8 mile loop over a lot of slickrock with twisty turns through pinon-junipers, sweeping by an old mining area. A beginner mile loop named Chilkoot Pass was also added. Chilkoot is located off of the Klondike northern parking lot.
The KLONZO II trail system has carnival themed trail names. These 11.3 miles of trail have been added to Moab’s inventory in 2014. It has good beginner, intermediate and intermediate/advanced pedaling options from a single parking lot. This area is unique: Roller Coaster and Red Hot is intended to be a ‘progressive skills trail’, the bumps can be rolled or jumped or even avoided.
Hotdog - .7 miles
Topspin – 1.2 miles
Midway - .9 miles
Zoltar - .6 miles
Houdini – 1.8 miles
Red Hot - .5 miles
Roller Coaster - .6 miles
Carousel – 1 mile
Wizard - .2 miles
Magician .3 miles
Gypsy - .2 miles
The Edge - .6 miles
Gravitron – 2.7 miles
Navajo Rocks has leapt into existence with the completion of 4.4 convoluted miles called Rocky Tops and 3.2 miles of undulating dirt track and sandstone outcrops called Ramblin’. Three more sections are slated for the future to be known as Big Mesa, Big Lonely and Coney Island trails. This set is situated off of State Road (S.R.) 313.
Dead Horse Point State Park installed the first 8 miles of the Intrepid Trails in 2009. Another 8.1 miles were completed at Thanksgiving 2013. The newest loops lay to the west of S.R. 313 in Dead Horse Point State Park and have been ridden by 2014 travelers often. The park also built three yurts that are now online for reservations. Each sleeps up to six people and is another camping opportunity to add to tent and RV camping already established within the state park. Plan to mountain bike from the yurts.
Transit Hub officially opened providing parking at the crossroads of the S.R. 128 bike path and the northerly stretching Moab Canyon Pathway to S.R. 313. The hub is also one of the bus stops in Moab for Elevated Transit, a daily bus service connecting Salt Lake City to Moab and farther south to Blanding Utah.
Finally, a Moab Trails app was released in early spring. Go to apps and type in “Moab Trails”. Visitors can also download trail maps from the website DiscoverMoab.com or purchase those area maps from local Moab bike shops for $2 each focus area. The money goes straight to the treasury of the Moab Trail Mix, the volunteer organization building and maintaining many of these bike opportunities in Moab.