Day 6 - Slammin' Slickrock
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October 25th, 2007 – by: nhrider
Our change of plans had us riding the Slickrock trail this morning, a classic must-ride trail when in Moab. This "trail" is nothing more than white dashes painted over numerous huge mounds of solid rock - pertrified sand dunes as the geologists tell us. It's about a 10 mile loop with about 2000 ft. of climbing - quite a workout. It's unlike anything else we've ever ridden and the bizarre landscape makes you feel like you're on the surface of the moon.
After beating oursleves senseless on Slickrock, we took a short lunch break back at the house then went over to do Amasa Back - a 5 mile, 1000 vertical foot jeep trail with amazing views all along the way, and a truly incredible view at the top. Amasa back is a mesa that rises about 1000 ft. off the valley floor, and the trail follows the edge of the mesa as it rises. This trail is ledgy and technical much of the way, but this ride is really all about the views. Hopefully the pics and video will do it some justice.
Yours truly was able to get some additional climbing out of our Amasa Back excursion, since I accidentally left my cell phone at the top and didn't realize it until I was about a third of the way back down - doh! The top third is the steepest part of the whole ride, so repeating it was a painful experience, but sure enough there was my phone waiting for me at the top.
Tomorrow is the legendary Porcupine Rim, starting from the Hazard County trail high in the La Sal mountains. This ride will run about 25 miles and descend some 5000 vertical feet, terminating at the Colorado River - truly an Epic ride if there ever was one.
Distance: 26.5 miles
Climbing elevation: 4900 ft.
- The SlickrockTrail
- Amasa Back
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