Day 7 - Porcupine Rim
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October 26th, 2007 – by: nhrider
As we left the trailhead, we instantly hit singletrack and ascended about 150 ft to our maximum elevation of 9497 ft. Climbing right out of the gate at 9500 ft. had our lungs on fire, but we were so happy to finally be riding after the long drive up that none of us were complaining. Once we topped out, we then started descending on sometimes smooth, sometimes rocky, but constantly buff singletrack.
As Hazard County ended after about 2.5 miles and 900 vertical, we then connected to the start of the Kokopelli trail. We took Kokopelli, a fast double track speedfest, for several miles then took a right onto some more singletrack that took us right to the start of the Porcupine Rim ridge. We were to follow this ridge for the rest of the ride, all the way down to the Colorado River, at this point some 15 miles of trail and 3500 ft. below.
This trail, like most others in Moab, hugged the edge of the ridge closely, providing stunning views in your peripheral vision, but not close enough to ever make us feel like you're in peril.
As we reached the end of the trail we felt battered and bruised, but oh so satisfied. Unfortunately we had to muster the strength to ride another 8 miles on the highway back to the house. A quick stop for lunch along the way at the Slickrock Cafe made it a bit more bareable.
- Distance: 21.5 miles + 8 road miles back through town
- Climbing Elevation 1222 ft.
- Max elevation: 9497 ft.
- Min elevation: 4000 ft.
- Porcupine Rim
Tomorrow's ride is up in the air right now. We'll see what the morning brings.
P.S. The videos for yesterday's rides are now up for viewing on the Day 6 blog entry.
P.P.S. I added a pic of my gear that I use to make the blog entries and videos
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