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    The modern Moab, still under construction, simply rocks. Some of the former secret trails are being adopted by BLM and others and being built from scratch. I'm sure some will complain about the dumbed down versions, but oh well. Moab is not the moab it used to be.

    We tasted it this past week: The magnificent-7.... includes Bull canyon ('Bull Run'), 'Arth's corner', 'Little Canyon' and a single track climb up part of Bar Rim (Bar Rim single track' not to be mistaken for the actually Gold bar rim trail that is singletrack). From there, you can finish off Bar rim, deviate on Golden Spike or the Gold Bar Rim Singletrack to Portal or poison Spider. Maybe one of the best rides in Moab; Bull-Arth's-L Cyn-GB ST Climb-GB ST-Portal.

    South of town, there is 'Pipe Dream,' Singletrack that follows the base of Moab Rim for nine miles. It's still not done and some places are very sketchy but it's tight singletrack.

    Over near Bar-M are some amazing family orientated trails and the new Deadman's trail that is still only one-third completed but a very cool trail that hooks you in to Rockin-A and Killer B.

    We also rode some of the newer stuff that spurs off of Sovereign trail north.

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    From Pipe Dream.

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    Nice.....I am looking forward to getting down there this year. I believe pipedream will eventually get you out to kens lake where more single track will be built. In total I heard another 100 plus mile of trail will be built.

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    Also a few changes in town- like the peacetree was a nice place to get a wrap and killer smoothie- now it has a bit of posh to it. was still good and prices reasonable, just a different feel. Mcstiffs meh- bad service expensive- but food still pretty good. Moab brewery great food and still a little pricey- but i was paying for 4 at all meals so everything was expensive!

    Finally sprung for the hummer tour of hells revenge- oh man that was fun!

    Only got to sample some of the sovereign system- fun stuff!!

    And whats the deal with the guy in the White Ford Crown Vic driving up bably lions back?! Was shooting some vid of him coming down thinking i may get a nasty crash- but talking with locals sounds like he does it all the time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me!
    Finally sprung for the hummer... oh man that was fun!
    Uhhhh - shouldn't that fall under the "What happens in Moab, stays in Moab" category?
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    Lidarman, I demand more photos. Ur such a tease!! So is the new Bull Canyon Singletrack open between 313 and Four Arch Canyon. I understood that to still be under reroute?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    Lidarman, I demand more photos. Ur such a tease!! So is the new Bull Canyon Singletrack open between 313 and Four Arch Canyon. I understood that to still be under reroute?
    MGE I am pretty sure that section is not open yet....the majority of it is the old Green Dot, so the reroute shouldn't take too long. I hope it is open when we head down there in May.

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    I am thinking that if there are on-trail kiosks with the trail map on it, that they should expect people to be riding the trails depicted on the kiosk.

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    It's open, I was there yesterday

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    Oops... my browser keeps thinking I am av_boy. Silly silly technology. I forgot about the nice avatar I had on my old av_boy account. The phalic rock from moab.

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    A video

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    Thanks for hte vid and the photos, yet more I need to ride in Moab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    A video

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    Yeah, thanks for htat video. I love the sequence where you keep the camera rollin' while you pick up your bike. Is that the newer parts of Sovereign? Great stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    Is that the newer parts of Sovereign? Great stuff.
    Nope this stuff is all on the West side of town. It's starts at Bull Canyon by Gemini Bridges road and works it's way to Gold Bar rim where one takes gold bar to Portal or Poison Spider. The who set is an epic such as the whole enchilada is on the kokopelli area.

    We did ride the new stuff at sovereign. Also good. We also rode a new traile called 'pipe dream' and the new deadman's trial at the M.O.A.B brands loops.

    I still cannot believe of all the years I have ridden Moab, I went on a trip where i rode new singletrack every single day.

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    Did you guys ride the Mag7 as an out and back or did you set it up as a one way shuttle? I'm heading there this weekend and I'm gonna give this one a go. Blue Dot is one of my favorites, and while inaccessible now, this looks like a very nice consolation prize.

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    Best helmet cam video I've seen. Actually filmed other riders instead of the trail. Thanks for the vid and the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MK_
    Did you guys ride the Mag7 as an out and back or did you set it up as a one way shuttle? I'm heading there this weekend and I'm gonna give this one a go. Blue Dot is one of my favorites, and while inaccessible now, this looks like a very nice consolation prize.

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    We hired porcupine shuttles to drop us off at hwy 313 and Bull Canyon. $15 a head. The only downer to this trail is that the mountain goat migration section keeps the gold bar climb limited (such a shame because it's such an awesome climb) so you have to drop back down at the end of little canyon only to do the remaining climb up the steep jeep trail to the overlook on Gold Bar. But all in all nothing bad about that, a good ride does need a good climb.

    Another option would be to drive to the bottom of gold bar, ride it as an out and back to the west. Without a shuttle, this would be a good ride.

    Or just ride from town and make it a really long day ...there is that new paved path along hwy 191 now.

    I so wish I could go with you. I can't wait to get back.

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    I drove down to Gemini Bridges and a little farther, parked, then rode down to Bull Canyon then UP Bull Canyon to under Gemini Bridges. A couple of cool things in that canyon besides the view at the end:

    1) There's a quartz filled straight line across the slick rock in the middle of the canyon that I took to be a starting line for some past race. The pic of that is hidden deep in the hard drive of some other hard drive than the one I'm currently using. Cool nonetheless.

    2) There's a geologic feature there called 'Robert's Rift". Some cataclysmic happening way back in the day separated the earth about 10 inches in a straight line from waaaaay over there on the canyon wall (I hiked over to it and put my hand on it) to over here on this canyon wall, all the way into Arches as viewed from a high vantage point. Snap!, the earth separated 10 inches. It's now filled with sediment and is unnoticeable where it's filled in and over but I found it...and those pics are in a hard drive on another computer. Use your imagination. What's unusual about it is it's not just in one time epoch of rock strata, it goes vertically up through billions of years of rock---quite the force required to just pull the surface apart like that, AND, in a perfectly straight line for tens of miles. I love that stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    We hired porcupine shuttles to drop us off at hwy 313 and Bull Canyon. $15 a head. The only downer to this trail is that the mountain goat migration section keeps the gold bar climb limited (such a shame because it's such an awesome climb) so you have to drop back down at the end of little canyon only to do the remaining climb up the steep jeep trail to the overlook on Gold Bar. But all in all nothing bad about that, a good ride does need a good climb.

    Another option would be to drive to the bottom of gold bar, ride it as an out and back to the west. Without a shuttle, this would be a good ride.

    Or just ride from town and make it a really long day ...there is that new paved path along hwy 191 now.

    I so wish I could go with you. I can't wait to get back.
    Thanks! Didn't realize there was a paid shuttle option! I'm going solo so this is fantastic!

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    Don't know how many geology freaks we have in the audience but, thwarted in my search for pics of Robert's Rift, I Googled it and came up with this: (heavy reading but basically the meteor/comet impact that caused Upheaval Dome in Island In The Sky simultaneously caused this fracture. Stuff from 1000m below the surface was forced up from internal pressure. My pics are better, if I could only find them)

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    Thanks for posting that fantastic video. It brought back memories of riding with you guys. Great seeing you last week...wished I could have made that trip.
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    We're headed up next weekend and can't wait! I do have a question though -- having never experienced anything beyond the biking trails, what are the best short hikes and kid friendly activities for adventerous 3 and 5 year olds? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    We're headed up next weekend and can't wait! I do have a question though -- having never experienced anything beyond the biking trails, what are the best short hikes and kid friendly activities for adventerous 3 and 5 year olds? Thanks
    Mill Creek Canyon, AKA Lefthand. Take Spanish Valley Road to Powerhouse Lane.

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    Does the Mag7 have tech lines? Anything like the Notch on LPS? Alternate drop lines like just about every other trail in Moab?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    We're headed up next weekend and can't wait! I do have a question though -- having never experienced anything beyond the biking trails, what are the best short hikes and kid friendly activities for adventerous 3 and 5 year olds? Thanks
    Arches NP. Frikkin' awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    stuff happens...It's what epics are made of....No other comment.

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    What kind of bike did you break? It looks like a Pivot FB or Giant Reign. Did you get it repaired? We head to Moab in 14 days and countnig for our annual trip. Should be great!
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    I guess I'm late on this, but I just noticed mag 7 does away with blue dot along the rim. I've been riding that since the early 2000's. Blue dot had endless tech lines and drop lines. From what I've seen of mag 7, these advanced lines have been exchanged for MUCH less advanced terrain. Can anyone tell me if there's anything even close to the level of Blue Dot on Mag 7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    We're headed up next weekend and can't wait! I do have a question though -- having never experienced anything beyond the biking trails, what are the best short hikes and kid friendly activities for adventerous 3 and 5 year olds? Thanks
    Don't forget that big hill of sand north of town just before the Arches entrance.
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    I spent a week in Arches NP just a couple ago with a host of little ones (3-9). We hiked to Delicate Arch, Fiery Furnace (with an experienced parent as guide), around Devil's Garden, did a Broken Arch-Sand Dune arch loop (the latter is perfect for playing with kids if you don't mind them getting utterly filthy ) and finally a trip out to Tower Arch in the Klondike Bluffs area.

    With 3 and 5, I think the Broken/Sand dune arch hike and Delicate Arch hikes would be good.



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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99
    I guess I'm late on this, but I just noticed mag 7 does away with blue dot along the rim. I've been riding that since the early 2000's. Blue dot had endless tech lines and drop lines. From what I've seen of mag 7, these advanced lines have been exchanged for MUCH less advanced terrain. Can anyone tell me if there's anything even close to the level of Blue Dot on Mag 7?
    There are alternate lines everywhere, just stay on the sandstone. The BLM doesn't like to put blue dot on the map I suppose---for obvious reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99
    I guess I'm late on this, but I just noticed mag 7 does away with blue dot along the rim. I've been riding that since the early 2000's. Blue dot had endless tech lines and drop lines. From what I've seen of mag 7, these advanced lines have been exchanged for MUCH less advanced terrain. Can anyone tell me if there's anything even close to the level of Blue Dot on Mag 7?
    While you may have been riding it for a long time it is illegal and the BLM has really cracked down in the past year. I have heard tickets up to $175 have been given out by rangers to people riding the Blue Dot. Just a heads up....

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    Good to hear. Blue dot is not used because of big horn sheep I think? Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Too bad it wasn't incorporated into the legal trail system like rock stacker. Blue dot is pretty much all slick rock with little impact on the environment. If not for the blue paint there would be little sing of use other than stacked rocks. I don't see why it can't be a part of mag 7 unless it interferes with sheep in some way?

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    Thanks for the heads up. Bummer on the closure. Darn shame.

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    Longtime mountain biker and forum lurker here, had to post and thank for the Moab info.
    Going on a road trip in 2 weeks to SD (planning on Noble, ATT and Cowles) then on to Moab for my first time. Planning on Porcupine, Slick Rock etc (have to hit those, right?). Anything else I should not miss on my first time? Have four days so I can fit in a few more I think. This Mag 7 looks very interesting...
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    Amasa Back is a must. It can be ridden quickly, in as little as an hour and small change when done as a loop with Jackson's Singletrack (expert lever exposure on that section); or it can be ridden a good chunk of the day when you play around on all the side features and/or head to the Arch Hole or even further (although I believe it isn't marked past the Arch Hole) and come back via Rock Stacker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Mill Creek Canyon, AKA Lefthand. Take Spanish Valley Road to Powerhouse Lane.
    Just make sure you take the Lefthand canyon fork with the kiddos. Righthand Mill Creek is generally acknowledged as the nudist option.

    Watch for poison ivy as well.

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    Agreed that Amasa is a classic when done as a loop with rockstacker/jacksons. Rockstacker was blazed with what looks like a deed deer carcass a few years ago so it's super easy to follow now. Another quick but challenging loop is poison spider to portal. Burrow down is by far the best ride in Moab and arguable the best ride in the country but I'm sure it's too early. Probably too early for Hazard down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    We're headed up next weekend and can't wait! I do have a question though -- having never experienced anything beyond the biking trails, what are the best short hikes and kid friendly activities for adventerous 3 and 5 year olds? Thanks
    Although i didnt do it this time but a good option is ride from town to porcupine then meet your family at the bottom of porc. and take them on a hike up negro bill canyon- that way you get to hike and get a ride back to town!
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    Don't laugh, but if you're looking for a down day maybe "slightly injured" ride, Klondike Bluffs is pretty cool. A guy working at some bike shop said that's what him and his co-workers ride, I'd never done it because I thought it'd be too easy but I really liked it.

    Drive down the dirt road quite a ways to park, then ride (IOW, forget parking at the highway then riding miles of dirt road to get to the good stuff). The viewpoint (a short hike) at the end is worth it. There's also Baby Steps in the same area.
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    Ride from town to Porcupine?? Worse advice has never been proffered...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Ride from town to Porcupine?? Worse advice has never been proffered...
    I "proffer" to ride Porc up from 128. Get to the viewpoint (11 miles?) turn around and bomb back down. It's always a bit easier if an overnight light rain has settled the sand. Once you get back down, your car and brews are waiting for you at the new parking lot. Which hasn't always been there, for those just now starting to go to Moab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edenger
    We're headed up next weekend and can't wait! I do have a question though -- having never experienced anything beyond the biking trails, what are the best short hikes and kid friendly activities for adventerous 3 and 5 year olds? Thanks
    The bouldering area at Big Bend on 128 is always a hit with my kids - even when they were younger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    I "proffer" to ride Porc up from 128. Get to the viewpoint (11 miles?) turn around and bomb back down. It's always a bit easier if an overnight light rain has settled the sand. Once you get back down, your car and brews are waiting for you at the new parking lot. Which hasn't always been there, for those just now starting to go to Moab.
    Been there, done that. Full rigid to boot. And not enough water. This is better advice than riding to the trailhead from town.

    And there may be a new parking lot, but there has ALWAYS been parking close to the Porc egress. There even used to be free camping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Been there, done that. Full rigid to boot. And not enough water. This is better advice than riding to the trailhead from town.

    And there may be a new parking lot, but there has ALWAYS been parking close to the Porc egress. There even used to be free camping.
    Holy Crap, Shtles, you sound like you might go back farther than I do. How is that possible? What's older than dirt? I bet your first bike had them new fangled square wood wheels, right?

    OK, when I first started going out there the mountain biking scene was just a rumor "I heard Moab got some cool trails, ever heard of it?", Bartlett wasn't in any guide books (a guy took me aside and said that I can't tell anybody else about this, but there's an area called Bartlett Wash...) and Rim Cyclery was the ONLY bike shop in town. I can't remember if there were any stoplights or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    Holy Crap, Shtles, you sound like you might go back farther than I do. How is that possible? What's older than dirt? I bet your first bike had them new fangled square wood wheels, right?
    Pretty sure you're older than I am, Old Man. And I didn't start riding until college.

    OK, when I first started going out there the mountain biking scene was just a rumor "I heard Moab got some cool trails, ever heard of it?", Bartlett wasn't in any guide books (a guy took me aside and said that I can't tell anybody else about this, but there's an area called Bartlett Wash...) and Rim Cyclery was the ONLY bike shop in town. I can't remember if there were any stoplights or not.
    Sounds similar. We ended up doing a BIG ride up Tusher Canyon and coming out in Bartlett... just piecing together trail & slickrock. Camped right next to one of the washes out in the middle of the desert there in the Blue Hills area. Woke up to a herd of cattle all around us.

    However, there were more shops than Rim when I started going there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Pretty sure you're older than I am, Old Man. And I didn't start riding until college.


    Sounds similar. We ended up doing a BIG ride up Tusher Canyon and coming out in Bartlett... just piecing together trail & slickrock. Camped right next to one of the washes out in the middle of the desert there in the Blue Hills area. Woke up to a herd of cattle all around us.

    However, there were more shops than Rim when I started going there.
    Hidden Canyon was my first foray out onto Blue Hills Rd. I think Poison Spider was the second bike shop there. I remember thinking "how they gonna stay in business with so few mountain bikers around?" My first camping outside of Arches was on the river, which was hot and buggy. The next night I camped down in a wash near Monitor Merrimac. While I was out riding that day a thunder boomer came through and washed my tent away.

    Anybody ever ride UP Long Canyon? I was driving down it (top is accessed from the road going to Dead Horse Point only you go left at the fork---incredible view from up on top) and pulled off just past that huge fallen apartment-sized rock nearly covering the road. I espied a rider waaaaay down at the bottom of the switchbacks heading my way. I was in no hurry so I read a book and waited for him to come by, maybe he'd need some water.

    He slowly slowly ground up and up and then he was nearly on me. He looked spent but he also looked like the kind of rider who might have ridden from town and was going to go back across Island in The Sky back to town. You know the kind?

    He just flashed me a pained grimace and kept grinding up and up. I said, that looks like fun, but I never did it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
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    Anybody ever ride UP Long Canyon? I was driving down it (top is accessed from the road going to Dead Horse Point only you go left at the fork---incredible view from up on top) and pulled off just past that huge fallen apartment-sized rock nearly covering the road. I espied a rider waaaaay down at the bottom of the switchbacks heading my way. I was in no hurry so I read a book and waited for him to come by, maybe he'd need some water.

    He slowly slowly ground up and up and then he was nearly on me. He looked spent but he also looked like the kind of rider who might have ridden from town and was going to go back across Island in The Sky back to town. You know the kind?

    He just flashed me a pained grimace and kept grinding up and up. I said, that looks like fun, but I never did it.
    What year was this? It may have been me. I rode up it once and then down the switchbacks out by Grand View and across the bottom near the river back through the potash plant to my car. They were filming some movie in the canyons south of the potash plant when I rode through. That ride kinda sucked... but the terrain was interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    What year was this? It may have been me. I rode up it once and then down the switchbacks out by Grand View and across the bottom near the river back through the potash plant to my car. They were filming some movie in the canyons south of the potash plant when I rode through. That ride kinda sucked... but the terrain was interesting.
    Alls I know is that it was a looong time ago. I would have "enjoyed" the climb from the Potash Road up to the top but not the getting to the lower entrance from Moab or megamiles going back to my vehicle. Probably why I never did it. You should drive it down from the top sometime, it's pretty cool.

    Lessee, they were filming "Geronimo" back then. I remember coming across all those semis way the freak back there. I bumped into a guy who's job was to keep a coupla cars clean and in top running shape for the film company---that was his job, 24/7. He was getting paid some high dollar wage all 24 hours to keep those cars ready for the director or whoever to grab one at a moment's notice. We exchanged ***** eating grins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    Anybody ever ride UP Long Canyon? .



    Did this a couple times back in the mid-late 80s when I first started going out there, Hot, long day but the scenery was amazing. We might have ridden from town once and the other time parked at potash.

    Did Porcupine the same spring the guy who found it (drawing a blank on his name at the moment) started telling people about it. I think there was supposed have been a cairn at the single track turn off but I never found it and got lost and had to turn back. There were no bike tracks to follow, just vague directions and old uranium jeep roads going in every direction. A couple weeks later I went out with the founder and a few other people. I've always ridden that as a loop - spin up sand flats, climb to the rim, down the jeep roads to the single track then spin back down the pavement to town.

    Now with shuttlers being dropped off by the bus load up high it's a full on urban traffic scene. We made the mistake of climbing UPS early one morning a couple years ago in October thinking we'd beat the shuttle traffic. It's actually a fairly nice climb with a couple portages. We didn't beat the shuttle traffic though, they must start hauling people up there at 6 AM. What a zoo! I'll never do that again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    Alls I know is that it was a looong time ago. I would have "enjoyed" the climb from the Potash Road up to the top but not the getting to the lower entrance from Moab or megamiles going back to my vehicle. Probably why I never did it. You should drive it down from the top sometime, it's pretty cool.
    Hahahaha. Maybe it was me. This would have been probably '94-ish, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Hahahaha. Maybe it was me. This would have been probably '94-ish, maybe?
    Well, Geronimo came out in 1993, maybe you're off a few years. I guess you'll have to post up a pic with you on that same bike with a ***** eating grimace, helmet on, to let me see if you look familiar in that guise. I would have been in a 1987 blue Toyota SR5 Extra Cab.

    Oh yeah, I was eating a pb and j sandwich on whole wheat. You were breathing hard. If I got a pic of you it died along with the hard drive it was on later in that decade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    Well, Geronimo came out in 1993, maybe you're off a few years. I guess you'll have to post up a pic with you on that same bike with a ***** eating grimace, helmet on, to let me see if you look familiar in that guise. I would have been in a 1987 blue Toyota SR5.

    Oh yeah, I was eating a pb and j sandwich on whole wheat. You were breathing hard. If I got a pic of you it died along with the hard drive it was on later in that decade.
    Prolly not me. I moved out in Sep '93 and it *may* be possible I went to Moab that fall... but I don't really remember going that early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Prolly not me. I moved out in Sep '93 and it *may* be possible I went to Moab that fall... but I don't really remember going that early.
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    I was out at Bartlett's wash and noticed on the big trailhead map sign where it says "mountainbikes and motorcycles only" "motorcycles" was scratched out. Then when I turned off the jeep road for the entrence to the slickrock there's a newish looking "no motors" sign. Anyone know what's up with this? Haven't trials bikes been riding Bartlett's for 30 years? It didn't look very official (especially the scratched out signage) so I didn't know if this was the work of an anti-moto person or for real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt
    I was out at Bartlett's wash and noticed on the big trailhead map sign where it says "mountainbikes and motorcycles only" "motorcycles" was scratched out. Then when I turned off the jeep road for the entrence to the slickrock there's a newish looking "no motors" sign. Anyone know what's up with this? Haven't trials bikes been riding Bartlett's for 30 years? It didn't look very official (especially the scratched out signage) so I didn't know if this was the work of an anti-moto person or for real.
    I'm pretty sure that's the work of some d1ckbag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt
    I was out at Bartlett's wash and noticed on the big trailhead map sign where it says "mountainbikes and motorcycles only" "motorcycles" was scratched out. Then when I turned off the jeep road for the entrence to the slickrock there's a newish looking "no motors" sign. Anyone know what's up with this? Haven't trials bikes been riding Bartlett's for 30 years? It didn't look very official (especially the scratched out signage) so I didn't know if this was the work of an anti-moto person or for real.
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    Thanks for all the great tips! I've built quite the list and downloaded the Jr Ranger guide to Arches so the kids are getting really excited. I'm also going to attempt a trail-a-bike ride... I've done Betasso, MM, and loads of double track so I'm hoping to introduce my son to Moab riding

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    Lots of Newish Moab here.

    The cyclocrosser that rode with us from Mag 7 to the Portal and down had some mad skills.

    I doubted at 1st, I had to apologize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonblur
    What kind of bike did you break? It looks like a Pivot FB or Giant Reign. Did you get it repaired? We head to Moab in 14 days and countnig for our annual trip. Should be great!
    It's a Firebird. Here's my account on the Pivot forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Ride from town to Porcupine?? Worse advice has never been proffered...
    The first time I went to Moab was in 1992, with my then girlfriend. The extent of our mountain bike experience was Dogtown in Gloucester, MA (if any of you know it: classic east coast glacial moraine riding, but no climbs, no exposure, no long downhills). She brought her Nishiki hybrid along, that she was doing okay with in Dogtown.

    The day we got to town, we swapped the drop bars for flats at the campground, put some bigger knobbies on, she rode around the campground a bit, and we called it good.

    The next day we rode Porcupine Rim from town.

    I know you're thinking this is going to end badly, but amazingly it didn't. We thought we were totally lost for about an hour (there were no trail markers, then, that I remember), I was scared sh*tless one of us was going to fall off a cliff (I'd never seen cliffs like that! I'd lived in Massachusetts my whole life!), the whole time we were going down the trail I thought for sure it would dead-end in a canyon or at a cliff... etc. You get the idea. Also it was early September and about a hundred degrees; we had first-gen Camelbaks but they were empty by the time we could see 128 (and with our descending skills, that was a very long time from when we finished riding).

    But again, nothing bad happened. We rode back into town, sunburned, exhausted and spent. Each of us drank a giant coke at the Maverick gas station next to Poison spider. The next day I turned 21 and got a beer at Eddy McStiffs (in retrospect a terrible introduction to beer drinking but at the time it was amazing).

    It was slow, amateurish, brutally hard for both of us and one of the best rides I've ever done.

    I heartily endorse riding Porcupine Rim from town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moishel
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    I heartily endorse riding Porcupine Rim from town.
    It's still terrible advice. The ride from town up Sand Flats sucks a$$.

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    ^Especially since no one wants to turn off at the old entrance. The ride up to LPS, ect adds that much more climbing.

    I was really surprised by the several groups containing children and bike path ability riders I saw on LPS a few weeks ago. I guess if they prepare to be out there for 5+ hours and have a car waiting at the river it's do-able, but you have to wonder if this ever leads to bad situations. Should the shuttle drivers or shops that books shuttles dissuade kids with 24" wheels and riders with very little MTB experience from doing such a techy trail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt
    ^Especially since no one wants to turn off at the old entrance. The ride up to LPS, ect adds that much more climbing.

    I was really surprised by the several groups containing children and bike path ability riders I saw on LPS a few weeks ago. I guess if they prepare to be out there for 5+ hours and have a car waiting at the river it's do-able, but you have to wonder if this ever leads to bad situations. Should the shuttle drivers or shops that books shuttles dissuade kids with 24" wheels and riders with very little MTB experience from doing such a techy trail?
    Like I said, Porcupine rim is now a zoo. It was busy back when a fairly small amount of climbing was the price of admission. Now with almost no climbing required the numbers have exploded. Opinions are going to vary as to whether that's a positive thing or not. The shuttle providers are just in it to generate more revenue to get through the slow months better. I'd guess that very few of them see themselves as enforcers of who can and cannot drop down the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt
    ^Especially since no one wants to turn off at the old entrance. The ride up to LPS, ect adds that much more climbing.

    I was really surprised by the several groups containing children and bike path ability riders I saw on LPS a few weeks ago. I guess if they prepare to be out there for 5+ hours and have a car waiting at the river it's do-able, but you have to wonder if this ever leads to bad situations. Should the shuttle drivers or shops that books shuttles dissuade kids with 24" wheels and riders with very little MTB experience from doing such a techy trail?
    That is the Moab way....it isn't just the shuttle companies the jeep rental companies do the same thing. Search and Rescue would be a very busy job during peak season in Moab. Bottom line people travel from all over the world to come to Moab and they "want" to do all the cool Moab stuff whether they are prepared or not.

    And all this crazy talk of doing the Rim ride as a loop from town....it really isn't that bad we ride UPS down as a full loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadyflow
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    And all this crazy talk of doing the Rim ride as a loop from town....it really isn't that bad we ride UPS down as a full loop.
    Sand Flats IS that bad. I mean if the loop is the only way you can manage to get in Porc Rim, then yeah... do the Full Monty from town. But time riding up Sand Flats would be better spent riding quality trail IMO. Hell - it would be better spent under a tree drinking beer IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt00mck
    Longtime mountain biker and forum lurker here, had to post and thank for the Moab info.
    Going on a road trip in 2 weeks to SD (planning on Noble, ATT and Cowles) then on to Moab for my first time. Planning on Porcupine, Slick Rock etc (have to hit those, right?). Anything else I should not miss on my first time? Have four days so I can fit in a few more I think. This Mag 7 looks very interesting...
    SD - Hit Nobel for sure, id climb the fire road to avoid downhill traffic. It is tight singletrack. Not sure about Cowles mtn (steep hiker trail), but you may be refering to Mission Trails in general. A decent local ride. Another great ride close is Sycamore Canyon, it starts off Mast, park at the high school. The beginning is track home city but stick with it. When you hit the reserve it's a great ride (lollypop). If you have any other So Cal riding questions PM me.

    Moab - I would say a first timer would almost have to hit Porcupine and Slick rock. Amasa Back\Rockstacker is another classic. All the new singletrack is first class! Still looking for the optimal route for Mag 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Sand Flats IS that bad. I mean if the loop is the only way you can manage to get in Porc Rim, then yeah... do the Full Monty from town. But time riding up Sand Flats would be better spent riding quality trail IMO. Hell - it would be better spent under a tree drinking beer IMO.
    It is a dirt road....goes pretty fast actually to get up to UPS and I like to suffer a little. I fully understand where you are coming from, but having done this ride a couple times now....it really isn't that bad and I prefer to have some climbing involved.

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    Hey Scared, On Sunday I did a nice long ride at Buff Creek. I rode up Shinglemill to the CT then road the CT all the way up, down, up, down to Strontia Springs Dam and back to the river road. You know what I did next? I pedaled my bike on the ROAD back to Buff Creek then did another little loop on Morrison Creek/Shinglemill to get the mileage over 50. You know the really crazy thing? I enjoyed the spin and the scenery riding the road! I don't know that I'd say it was the best part of the ride, but it was an enjoyable part of the ride (go figure )

    to me and others, that's what the ride up Sand Flats or the cruise down the hwy is like. A nice spin with nice scenery, easy miles in the legs for fitness base, etc. There's always something to see and something to feel. Not everyone wants or needs constant high level adrenaline pounding, simulation to keep their mind awake and aware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadyflow
    It is a dirt road....goes pretty fast actually to get up to UPS and I like to suffer a little. I fully understand where you are coming from, but having done this ride a couple times now....it really isn't that bad and I prefer to have some climbing involved.
    As someone pointed out earlier... if you want to climb, coming up from 128 is infinitely more appealing than riding Sand Flats.

    Me? I'll shuttle Porc Rim and then head over and get some climbing in on Amasa Back later in the day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm
    Hey Scared, On Sunday I did a nice long ride at Buff Creek. I rode up Shinglemill to the CT then road the CT all the way up, down, up, down to Strontia Springs Dam and back to the river road. You know what I did next? I pedaled my bike on the ROAD back to Buff Creek then did another little loop on Morrison Creek/Shinglemill to get the mileage over 50. You know the really crazy thing? I enjoyed the spin and the scenery riding the road! I don't know that I'd say it was the best part of the ride, but it was an enjoyable part of the ride (go figure )
    Why not just climb back up the CT from the river road & then back down Shinglemill?

    to me and others, that's what the ride up Sand Flats or the cruise down the hwy is like. A nice spin with nice scenery, easy miles in the legs for fitness base, etc. There's always something to see and something to feel. Not everyone wants or needs constant high level adrenaline pounding, simulation to keep their mind awake and aware.
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    Anyone know where the snow line is on Porcupine? Is UPS/Hazard County ridable yet?

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    As of last weekend, UPS wasn't ready. Deep mud started just a little above LPS; a lot of people opted to pedal up from LPS and turn around once they hid the mud. Snow followed right behind the mud. It will be at least another week for UPS (pending no further moisture); a while longer for Hazard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Why not just climb back up the CT from the river road & then back down Shinglemill?
    Because it's early season and I'd already done 35 miles and god knows how much climbing and I wanted a nice spin for a while. PLUS,,,, I've driven that stretch of road to paddle the river many times, but never ridden it on a bike. I'm glad I did because you never see nearly as much from a car as you do on a bike. It was actually quite pleasant thank you very much.

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    Because I'm a decrepit old man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MK_
    As of last weekend, UPS wasn't ready. Deep mud started just a little above LPS; a lot of people opted to pedal up from LPS and turn around once they hid the mud. Snow followed right behind the mud. It will be at least another week for UPS (pending no further moisture); a while longer for Hazard.

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    According to Porcupine Shuttle's FB Page "Assuming it does not snow tonight, we will be shuttling to the top of the Kokopelli!!!!!"

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    Dude, the fact that I have varicose veins, wear blue blocker sunglasses, and am constantly running them damn kids off my lawn doesn't make me a decrepit old man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm
    Dude, the fact that I have varicose veins, wear blue blocker sunglasses, and am constantly running them damn kids off my lawn doesn't make me a decrepit old man.
    Then ride UP the singletrack next time instead of wandering down the friggin' road like you're on a Sunday drive.

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    If anyone cares, Utahmountainbiking.com has the full details on the Mag-7 up. Maps and things you might wanna know.

    Contrary to Skared's opinion, next time I go to Moab, I might want to ride Mag-7 as a loop from town...about 51 miles. I was already getting close on this trip when we had the mechanical and I rode back to get the car.

    The porc rim is much easier loop than this. If there are a lot of people. shuttles are great. They don't save all that much time....unless you are the one drinking beer while the shuttle driver has to go back to get the other car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Then ride UP the singletrack next time instead of wandering down the friggin' road like you're on a Sunday drive.

    Ride up the trail? Didn't you read my post? I did that a couple years ago and it was the scariest thing I've ever done in my life! With them dang shuttle monkeys being dropped off by the bus load up there (probably the same damn kids I'm constantly running off my lawn) anyone riding up that poor trail is jeopardizing their very life! No thanks, not anymore, no sir, maybe back in the day but it ain't safe no more. I may be a decrepit old man, but I ain't dumb, I've learned a thing or two in all those years.......

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    What a wuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    <snip>..unless you are the one drinking beer while the shuttle driver has to go back to get the other car.
    Yes.

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    I had ridden up Gemini Bridges road from the parking lot (before it had turned into ATV hell) a few years ago to the bridges and was back in the parking lot on 191. It was getting late, sun was just about to go down.

    Guy rides into the parking lot (as in, just got there after riding from town). I say "getting kinda late isn't it?" He replies "not at all" then proceeds to tell me he's headed up to do Gold Bar/Portal then back to town. In the dark.

    There's a ride for everyone. I would have never imagined someone would do the loop this guy was doing at night but there you go.

    Who is this guy in the red shirt holding the skull? Is this you?
    Who's in charge, the thinker or the thought?

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