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    Advise on Moab's 5 "must do" trails

    I was hoping to get some input on a list of "must do" trails in Moab. I am posting this here as I want a visitors perspective not a local Moab perspective. I have ridden slickrock before and will probably hit it again as I will be there for a week. My fitness isn't the greatest right now as the long winter here in Laramie has started to show on my belt notch selection but I want to sample all types of trails from scenic to ridiculously aerobic. I will either be on a StumpJumper FSR or a Nomad. I like trails with drops and fast, sketchy downhill sections so please suggest some of these as well. Thanks for the input.

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    -The Whole Enchilada to Porcupine Rim
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    For some good DH things, ask at a shop.

    Rockstacker/Jackson down to Kane creek trailhead (ride up amasa) is good.
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    Whole Enchilada - Not until July, best in September though. But Definitely a must do. Amasa, Portal, Poison Spider, just about everything is worth doing once.
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    Magnificent 7 (Haven't done the entire thing, but it seems amazing)
    Porcupine/UPS/LPS/Hazard
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    Quote Originally Posted by brandonj1979
    Whole Enchilada - Not until July, best in September though. But Definitely a must do. Amasa, Portal, Poison Spider, just about everything is worth doing once.
    Did Whole Enchilada in late April last year, don't recall any issues due to the season.

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    I will throw out Klondike Bluffs for a quick, easy, but scenic trail. I still get a kick out of seeing the dinosaur tracks on the way up to the top. And once at the top I enjoy relaxing inside Arches with a great view of the Moab valley before the trip down to the car. And with Baby Steps right off Klondike you can play in the area for hours.

    My regulars are Klondike Bluffs, Sovereign, Amasa Back, and Pocupine Rim. I'll throw in Gemini Bridges and Slickrock every few trips.
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    Depending on how much snow is left, check out Fisher Mesa. It's up high (around 8000 ft) so it's different than the rest of the riding out there, and it has incredible views of Fisher Towers, Castle Valley and the La Sals.
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    The "must do" list has changed a bit in the past few years. Here's how I'd rate it for someone coming to town, wanting the most "Moab" sampler. 1,2 & 3 are easy to name. 4 & 5 a bit tougher.

    1) Whole Enchilada. Essentially, Porcupine from as high up as is possible.
    2) Mag 7. Newly legal. Start at 313 above Gemini. End with the Portal.
    3) Amasa -> Pothole -> Rockstacker ->Jackson's.
    4) Sovereign AM. Bartlett PM.
    5) Slickrock AM. Pipe Dream PM.

    I can't recommend Deadhorse, Klondike, Brand Trails, etc. above these.

    Others will differ, but I think that 1,2 and 3 are somewhat unanimous.

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    When I was in Moab 2 weeks ago, there was quite a bit of snow from Kokopelli and up, so we were dropped off at the top of Porcupine Rim and made our way down from there. Still got about 16 miles in of trail total, just missed out on the 6 or so extra miles.

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    Coyote shuttles posted that the hole enchilada is open. I'll be there in two weeks.

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    Whole Enchilada: just be ready to share the trail with literally, and I'm not exaggerating, hundreds of your shuttle driven friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratmfreak99
    Coyote shuttles posted that the hole enchilada is open. I'll be there in two weeks.
    Where did you see that? They are saying that by Memorial Day they'll be dropping off by Hazard County. That's still a long way off from Burro Pass.

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    I wouldn't listen to anyone who calls it "hole enchilada"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtOnTheBrain
    Did Whole Enchilada in late April last year, don't recall any issues due to the season.
    I doubt it, I bet you did part of the Whole Enchilada. You did not start at Burro Pass in April.

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    Amasa, Porcupine, & Sovereign are my "must do" trails every time we are out there. I just did Mag 7 and it was great, so I might add that to the list as well. We throw in Slickrock, Bartlet's, and others as we can. Slickrock would be a must do if you haven't done it before because it is so unique. It's not my favorite and wouldn't be a great fit for a long travel bike but many love it. You can't go wrong with any of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtOnTheBrain
    Did Whole Enchilada in late April last year, don't recall any issues due to the season.
    Sorry but you did the "half Enchilada" last year. (Which is still awesome!!) I was there the first week of May and they dropped us off at the top of Kokopelli. It was still muddy and I don't even want think what Hazard and Burro looked like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfly
    The "must do" list has changed a bit in the past few years. Here's how I'd rate it for someone coming to town, wanting the most "Moab" sampler. 1,2 & 3 are easy to name. 4 & 5 a bit tougher.

    1) Whole Enchilada. Essentially, Porcupine from as high up as is possible.
    2) Mag 7. Newly legal. Start at 313 above Gemini. End with the Portal.
    3) Amasa -> Pothole -> Rockstacker ->Jackson's.
    4) Sovereign AM. Bartlett PM.
    5) Slickrock AM. Pipe Dream PM.

    I can't recommend Deadhorse, Klondike, Brand Trails, etc. above these.

    Others will differ, but I think that 1,2 and 3 are somewhat unanimous.

    hfly
    Can't go wrong here. I had the best trip ever to Moab with #1-4 a few weeks ago. Definitely not riding "The WHOLE Enchilada" in April or May.

    I'd say #5 (slickrock) is debatable, but the others are solid, and with the new singletrack additions to all of these trails, the riding in Moab has had a dramatic shift from mostly rough jeep roads to a majority of singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratmfreak99
    Coyote shuttles posted that the hole enchilada is open. I'll be there in two weeks.
    Sure, it may be open, but is it dry? Nope. There is about 3 feet of snow on Burro pass. Hazard is a slush pit.
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    Moab has definitely changed. Still fun, but dayam there are too many 'name your SUV type here' weekends.
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    Wouldn't the true "whole enchilada" mean pedaling up first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfly
    1) Whole Enchilada. Essentially, Porcupine from as high up as is possible.
    2) Mag 7. Newly legal. Start at 313 above Gemini. End with the Portal.
    3) Amasa -> Pothole -> Rockstacker ->Jackson's.
    4) Sovereign AM. Bartlett PM.
    5) Slickrock AM. Pipe Dream PM.
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    Take a few beers to Bartlett. My friends and I call this the beer/sunset ride. Its a play ground. Make sure to do the "Super Bowl" and "Chute of Doom". Drink a beer and chill after.

    This list above nailed it. If you've never been there before, you have to hit Slickrock. Do the practice loop, and if you want more, continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjbike
    Wouldn't the true "whole enchilada" mean pedaling up first?
    I thought the "True Whole Enchilada" included a bike up - a skin up the la sals- a ski down- then a bike down - then a paddle back to town. I believe i read this in a Mountain Flyer article?
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    Can you guys give me a little more information on the new trail Pipe Dream? I know it is on the west side of town and you enter on Aspen Street?

    Also is the Mag 7 open yet? I have heard some confilicting information regarding Bulls Canyon.

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    Not all of Mag 7 was open when we were in Moab a little over a month ago. I'm not sure where Bulls Canyon falls on the trail route but I think it's the upper section of Mag 7 (which ties in just below 313) and it was not open then. The route that was open was pretty cool.

    We got our Mag 7 info from the Chili Pepper, so you might check there. One of their guys was either involved in the trail building or friends with someone who was. Have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    Can you guys give me a little more information on the new trail Pipe Dream? I know it is on the west side of town and you enter on Aspen Street?

    Erik
    It's not bad- good flow, although it's not an up-then-down trail. Pretty mellow. Definetely an AM bike trail. Not a bigger bike (if you're bringing a more dh oriented rig as well). Fun though, very creatively lined (if that makes sense). Unlike a lot of trails, there's not really any exposure or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianbuma
    It's not bad- good flow, although it's not an up-then-down trail. Pretty mellow. Definetely an AM bike trail. Not a bigger bike (if you're bringing a more dh oriented rig as well). Fun though, very creatively lined (if that makes sense). Unlike a lot of trails, there's not really any exposure or anything.

    Thanks guys. I will hit up chili bikes when I'm there about the upper part of Mag 7.

    I would assume Pipedream is an out and back along the ridge. I will give it a try one night. Thanks for the info.

    Got a good trip planned for the 15th -19th.

    15th-Hit up Fruita(Probably Marys with Horsetheif thrown it)
    16th-Koko-UPS-LPS Porcupine
    17th Rest (Going Canyoneering), Probably Pipe Dream in the afternoon
    18th-Wanted to do Mag 7 (We will see).
    19th Early morning Soverign, then home

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    Slickrock is a must do once, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagwhan
    Slickrock is a must do once, IMO.
    I think its a must do every time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    Can you guys give me a little more information on the new trail Pipe Dream? I know it is on the west side of town and you enter on Aspen Street?

    Also is the Mag 7 open yet? I have heard some confilicting information regarding Bulls Canyon.

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    Chili Pepper has maps. You want to ride it from the south to the north.

    Bulls Canyon IS NOT OPEN yet. Ride down Gemini Bridges road, make a right on Crips Hole, then a left onto the single track. Go from there, enjoy.
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    Thanks guys for all the information. Hopefully some of the shuttle companies are doing a shuttle to Mag 7. Thanks for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Moab has definitely changed. Still fun, but dayam there are too many 'name your SUV type here' weekends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hfly
    The "must do" list has changed a bit in the past few years. Here's how I'd rate it for someone coming to town, wanting the most "Moab" sampler. 1,2 & 3 are easy to name. 4 & 5 a bit tougher.

    1) Whole Enchilada. Essentially, Porcupine from as high up as is possible.
    2) Mag 7. Newly legal. Start at 313 above Gemini. End with the Portal.
    3) Amasa -> Pothole -> Rockstacker ->Jackson's.
    4) Sovereign AM. Bartlett PM.
    5) Slickrock AM. Pipe Dream PM.

    I can't recommend Deadhorse, Klondike, Brand Trails, etc. above these.

    Others will differ, but I think that 1,2 and 3 are somewhat unanimous.

    hfly
    I second this list! Bartlett is fun for an evening... Call Kyle at Acme Shuttle for rides up to the highest point open on the whole enchilada and for the mag 7...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    Thanks guys for all the information. Hopefully some of the shuttle companies are doing a shuttle to Mag 7. Thanks for the information.

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    Call Acme shuttle. Super cool dude and he'll shuttle ya where ever you need to go.

    we were there the 2nd weekend in April.

    Day 1:
    morning: LPS & Porc Rim with a shuttle from Acme
    afternoon: Slickrock
    Day 2: Mag 7 to Portal
    Day 3: morning rest with a 4x4 drive to Top of the World
    Afternoon Pipedream
    Day 4: Amasa Back, Pothole Arch, Rockstacker, and Jackson's

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    Thanks Goat. Will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    Thanks guys. I will hit up chili bikes when I'm there about the upper part of Mag 7.

    I would assume Pipedream is an out and back along the ridge. I will give it a try one night. Thanks for the info.

    Got a good trip planned for the 15th -19th.

    15th-Hit up Fruita(Probably Marys with Horsetheif thrown it)
    Do yourself a big favor and hook in Moore Fun with this ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    Call Acme shuttle. Super cool dude and he'll shuttle ya where ever you need to go.

    we were there the 2nd weekend in April.

    Day 1:
    morning: LPS & Porc Rim with a shuttle from Acme
    afternoon: Slickrock
    Day 2: Mag 7 to Portal
    Day 3: morning rest with a 4x4 drive to Top of the World
    Afternoon Pipedream
    Day 4: Amasa Back, Pothole Arch, Rockstacker, and Jackson's

    +1 on Kyle at Acme. Great guy that rides insanely well as well.

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    Side note: Anyone else headed out there this week? I'll be there Thurs-Sun

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    +1 for Amasa Back
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Do yourself a big favor and hook in Moore Fun with this ride...
    Thats a bad ass trail. I just don't want to burn myself out so early in the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    Thats a bad ass trail. I just don't want to burn myself out so early in the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    Thats a bad ass trail. I just don't want to burn myself out so early in the trip.

    Erik
    I'd suggest a loop then. From the PL> Moore Fun>Steve's> Handcuffs, Mary's, Horsethief, Mary's back to the lot...but that's just me

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    Thanks guys. I will hit up chili bikes when I'm there about the upper part of Mag 7.

    I would assume Pipedream is an out and back along the ridge. I will give it a try one night. Thanks for the info.
    Only four miles. Don't bother.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    15th-Hit up Fruita(Probably Marys with Horsetheif thrown it)
    Why?

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    16th-Koko-UPS-LPS Porcupine
    UPS is open, nothing bove yet

    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    17th Rest (Going Canyoneering), Probably Pipe Dream in the afternoon
    Canyoneering? Where? Don't expect time for pipe dream.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    18th-Wanted to do Mag 7 (We will see).
    Must do. Probably the best trail system in Moab.

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    19th Early morning Soverign, then home
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    Can't go wrong.

    I would recommend if you have the time to go west of Moab. The Swell is Swell! Also, don't miss Deadman's Ridge in the Brand trails. FUN!

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    Coyote shuttles will follow you to drop off your car at any given intended Mag 7 exit, and then take you to the top of Gemini Bridges road.

    You should ask about the history of coyote shuttles.. along with roadrunner and acme shuttles... funny how looney tunes turns into business in canyon country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Toyota Land Cruiser?
    Dude, they have van/river weekends now!
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    Where can one exit Mag 7 before Portal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hgravez
    Where can one exit Mag 7 before Portal?

    Gold Bar and take the road back to the bike path and into town. Awesome ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hgravez
    Where can one exit Mag 7 before Portal?
    You can also miss portal by going down poison spider.

    But really, the portal trail is cool.
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    Top of the World is one of the best less traveled trails, lots of drops on the way down.

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    [QUOTE=schnauzers]Only four miles. Don't bother.


    Why?



    UPS is open, nothing bove yet



    Canyoneering? Where? Don't expect time for pipe dream.



    Must do. Probably the best trail system in Moab.

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    19th Early morning Soverign, then home
    /QUOTE]

    Can't go wrong.

    I would recommend if you have the time to go west of Moab. The Swell is Swell! Also, don't miss Deadman's Ridge in the Brand trails. FUN!
    I'm surprised Kokopelli isn't open yet. Doesn't matter though because UPS and LPS are the best part of the porcupine ride (Disclamier. I have never rode Burro Pass)

    Going to keep the ride short at Fruita. Wife is going to run Russells and Horsetheif and then head back to the car.

    Since I have never been Canyoneering in Moab and my wife never has been rock climbing we are going the guide route. Hooking up with the guys over at Desert Highlights and doing a half day trip in Entrajo Canyon.

    Erik

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