Day 7 - Porcupine Rim

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Hazard county trailhead
Today we experienced one of the most epic rides in Moab. We drove the vans with all 18 riders up to the La Sal mountains to the Hazard County trail. It took an hour and a half of driving on twisty dirt roads up steep canyons to arrive at the trail. We started at the base of an 11,000 ft. mountain, and the ride would eventually bring us all the way down Porcupine Rim - a large cliff that runs for about 10 miles all the way down to the Colorado River at 4000 ft.

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.
The view from the top. Those are 1000 ft. cliffs far in the distance
The views were once again extraordinary, and this time had us looking far, far down at the tops of the enormous sandstone cliffs that we had been looking up at from the valley.
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.
The view of Castle Valley from Porcupine Rim
We stopped to eat lunch at a popular vista, where we connected with the Porcupine Rim trail, which at this point is a rocky jeep trail. This section of trail really abused the bikes due to the extremely rocky and ledgy terrain. This continued for about 7 miles, then finally hooked up with the piece de resistance, the Porcupine Rim singletrack. This stretch of trail runs for about 5 miles and consists of technical, constantly descending singletrack that hugs the edge of Jackass Canyon all the way down to the Colorado.
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.

Daily Totals:
 - Distance: 21.5 miles + 8 road miles back through town
 - Climbing Elevation 1222 ft.
 - Max elevation: 9497 ft.
 - Min elevation: 4000 ft.

GPS Plot:
 - 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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Hazard county trailhead
Hazard county trailhead
The view from the top. Those are 1…
The view from the top. Those are …
The view of Castle Valley from Por…
The view of Castle Valley from Po…
Mounting up for the big descent
Mounting up for the big descent
Lunch break at the overlook
Lunch break at the overlook
The start of the Kokopelli Trail
The start of the Kokopelli Trail
Mike F. being a little crazy
Mike F. being a little crazy
Whos more crazy here?
Who's more crazy here?
Jeff with Castle Valley in the bac…
Jeff with Castle Valley in the ba…
Heading into the Porcupine Rim sin…
Heading into the Porcupine Rim si…
Heres my tech center where all th…
Here's my tech center where all t…
Porcupine Rim
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