5.1 miles
535 ft
-531 ft
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Slickrock Details

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    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Dirtbike/Moto
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  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (8 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #149 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #815 in E-Biking
    • #36528 in Trail Running
    • #8359 in Hiking
    • #917 in Dirtbiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking
    • 95 in Dirtbiking
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Why is it called Slickrock? Though incredibly tacky for bike tires, horses with metal shoes do not have the same experience, so settlers in the 1800's named the sand stone "slick rock".

Starting from the largest parking lot ever dedicated to a single trail, head north on easy terrain. You'll come to the Slickrock Practice Loop in .25 miles, which is well worth the detour. It's a good introduction to the main Slickrock loop, slightly easier and adds another fun mile to your ride. It reconnects to this trail half a mile later.

The trail is a never-ending series of short but incredibly steep climbs and descents. The rock provides incredible traction, and after a while, you'll realize that everything here is rideable, even if it appears to be way to steep to ride at first. If this is your first time, walk the steeper ones and work up the difficulties slowly - falling on rock hurts more than dirt.

From the intersection with the Practice Loop, you'll ride a short connection to the main loop. Along this section, you come to a cool view down Abyss Canyon, then wade through a sandy pit, and then intersect with the 4x4 trail called Hell's Revenge (don't follow that trail by accident).

At 2 miles you'll come to the loop part of this lollipop, and the preferred direction is clockwise (though either way is fine), so take a left and ascend along 'swiss cheese ridge' high above Moab. This is a long, generally straight in direction, section of trail. The ups and downs are steep for sure. Along the flatter sections of slickrock, be on the lookout for potholes that cradle prickly pear cactus or want to swallow your tires.

At 3.5 and 5 miles, there are optional spurs (each a couple tenths of a mile) that go to the edge of the cliff for great views and are well worth it. The trail turns to parallel the Colorado River here and begins to descend towards a vast, flatter expanse of slickrock. It's wise to roll up to edges slowly.

The Natural Selection viewpoint at 7 miles is really cool, and a great place for a rest before you head back to the west and south to complete the loop. On the return you'll find more punchy climbs and steep descents with some sand traps mixed in for good measure. This part of the route will pass a couple of different canyons and you'll get some spine tingling views across the red rock landscape.

There's one big climb and descent to tackle before reaching the intersection to head back to the trailhead. Your legs will be tired but keep riding, you're about the complete the world famous Slickrock

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More Stats for Slickrock mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    3 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,458 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,780 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,572 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,577 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,116 ft
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Avg: 4.2 (129 votes)
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      Slickrock Trail Reports

      Jul 3, 2022 @ 8:39am
      3 days
      What a ride, can’t get anymore unique then this!
      Jun 25, 2022 @ 3:21pm
      Jun 25, 2022
      Hot & dry. Just like we left it.
      May 13, 2022 @ 8:49am
      May 13, 2022
      Was awesome!
      Apr 28, 2022 @ 11:29am
      Apr 28, 2022
      Apr 14, 2022 @ 9:31am
      Apr 14, 2022
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 7 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 539 rides
      • 32 miles avg distance
      • 4,063 rides


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      Routes with this trail

      Slickrock with Practice10 miles

      20 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Aidster87 (Jun 14, 2022 at 21:12)
       It’s definitely a black if you didn’t walk the uphills. Nothing very challenging and technical on the downhills but so much fun. Keep riding it until you have the endurance to make it flow! 5 stars
      • + 0
      Thedonutdan (Jun 13, 2022 at 9:38)
       Riding this trail was awesome! Super fun climbs and rock rolls with some great views. You can even see some arches in Arches National Park! It's not overly technical, probably more of a blue trail but it is tough and requires exceptional endurance. It took me about 4 hours. I started at 630 and by 1030 it was so hot I started to get concerned about becoming a heat case so be safe out there
      • + 0
      mattlor61 (Jun 5, 2022 at 16:14)
       Left a GoPro on this trail today if anyone stumbles upon it I would be very Grateful!
      • + 0
      nofunstravaguy (May 28, 2022 at 19:43)
       Agree with others. Beautiful scenery, very unique rock, many opportunities to ride fun and creative sidelines, jibs and jumps. If you want enduro-flow style up-only then down-only type trail, you probably won't enjoy the work required to finish Slickrock.
      • + 0
      FallenTimber (Mar 14, 2022 at 18:28)
       I’ve ridden this trail more than a dozen times. On mountain bikes, ebikes, and dirt bikes. It’s a blast every single time. Moab in general doesn’t have much for flowy trails, and this is no exception. But it’s unlike any other trail in the world, and that makes it a must do. Some people say it’s a “ride it once and never again” but I suggest riding it once every single time you come to Moab. And I’ve ridden all the MTB trails in Moab.
      • + 0
      Jcoriano89 (Sep 21, 2021 at 20:01)
       Fun trail with challenging uphills, great views, well marked but not very technical. Maybe I would rate it between a blue and black diamond trail.
      • + 0
      torky (Sep 13, 2021 at 20:34)
       It is irresponsible to list this as 5.1 miles/8.1 kilometers. This trail is 9.5 miles. Imagine getting to the 5 mile mark and figuring out you are barely past halfway when you expected to be finishing. Downhills are fun but the climbs suck, this is basically up and down constantly the entire way. Not my cup of tea, I prefer a long climb and a long run out so that is why I am giving this a less than stellar rating.
      • + 2
      MoabTrailMix MTM (Sep 22, 2021 at 8:05)
       This is not the entire Slickrock trail that you ride, which is a lollipop loop. This is the loop section; the stem is here: www.trailforks.com/trails/slickrock-146055
      • + 0
      Benbergey (Apr 6, 2021 at 13:55)
       It was awesome, we got on the ride at 8:30 on a Tuesday and it was so empty except the last half mile got so busy. We decided to go clock wise and it was perfect
      • + 0
      Lightsphere (Sep 27, 2020 at 21:35)
       If you dont like or dont think this trail is fun on a mtb I dont know what to say to you!! Moab classic
      • + 0
      Astromana (May 30, 2020 at 9:27)
       2 hour ride from parking lot. Start early (6am) in the summer and take lots of water. Lots of up and down the entire way. Great workout rewarded with spectacular views of Moab.
      • + 1
      SL13 (Feb 25, 2020 at 9:01)
       FYI - was browsing through the new feature for other trail uses and it states Slickrock trail is not allowed for dirt bikes. It was founded by a dirtbiker in 1969 before mtbs were invented and dirtbikes are still an allowed user.
      • + 1
      todd Trailforks (Mar 9, 2020 at 13:01)
       You are totally correct. Just hadn't been updated. I updated it to include dirt bikes
      • + 5
      BCAndi (Sep 27, 2019 at 21:17)
       How anyone can give The Slickrock Trail any other rating than 5 stars is beyond my comprehension. This is the trail that made Moab. Period. It’s is the world’s most famous bike trail for a reason.
      • + 2
      Bjjbj (Jun 29, 2019 at 19:25)
       Beautiful and fun trail. This is really a loop for advanced riders with strong legs and hearts. Everyone else will be walking a lot. Bring at least 100 ounces fluid and start early, like 7 am. It’s $5 to get in and ride. I suggest you ride less knobby tires, and about 5 to 10 more psi. There are spots where you are on angled rock, and low pressure will roll the tire. Learn to sit way forward on your seat, and clip ins are a definite must if you expect to clear the course without a touch. Don’t commit to the loop unless you are ready for the punishment. Will definitely ride this again, but not when it’s over a 100. Absolute great trail to hone your skills and build those legs.
      • + 4
      XU12XU (Oct 17, 2018 at 13:58)
       I think its become cool to say that SlickRock is passe and boring, but I've had a lot of fun both times I've ridden it and its much more entertaining than some descriptions would have you believe. It is quite physically demanding, the punches punch hard. Can be ridden simply as an XC-esque loop, but there are many opportunities to find side hits, natural lips etc. Makes for a good first ride in Moab to open the lungs.
      • + 1
      spokesmanmtb (Sep 15, 2018 at 18:24)
       If Animus in Durango is "Easy", then this is by no means a black diamond trail.There are some sketchy sections, sure, but it's not THAT hard to ride.

      Slickrock is the world famous trail in Moab that was popularized in movies like Tread. It consists of sandstone formations which roll and undulate across the landscape, making for some compelling and smooth rollercoaster rides.

      There is a beginner "practice" loop, and there's the real deal; a 10.5 mile loop that is definitely challenging, but fairly realistic for a mountain biker with moderate skill.

      Watch out, it gets HOT in Moab! Bring PLENTY of water and do not hit the trail any later than 10am in the Summer/Fall months. You do not want to be caught out there without proper fluids.
      • + 1
      Zachjackson (Mar 24, 2018 at 20:28)
       Fun and unique trail. Nothing quite like it, if you're in the area I recommend riding the trail.
      • - 1
      GTABurnout (Nov 6, 2016 at 8:08)
       Not a very great trail. Its fun the first 2 miles but after that its the same thing over and over. Nothing too technical. Same sandstone trail over and over
      • + 0
      JakeAndersonShred (Dec 17, 2014 at 13:55)
       Slickrock is a fun trail that gets a ton of hype and is probably the most well known trail in Moab. It is not very technical on the downhills but some of the uphills can be difficult. It took me just under three hours.Have fun, charge hard, and be safe. Also take a lot of water because it gets very hot out there.


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