Best Time to Ride the Slickrock Trail
Moab's prime season is from March through May, then September through November. Summer sun can be punishingly hot and you'll already be working your lungs off fighting up the climbs on Slickrock, so unless you're a glutton for overbearing heat, avoid the peak summer months. Winter in Moab can actually be quite pleasant for riding the Slickrock Trail, especially if you get a day in the mid-50s to help cool your engine, so to speak, from the sustained climbing efforts. You'll also see fewer riders in the off-season.
During the prime months, an early start is advised for cooler temps and less traffic. A twilight ride can be fun, too but the Slickrock Trail is not a place you want to be at night if you don't have a good lighting system on your bike.
Things to Know
- Want to master the climbs? Trust your tires to stick to the rock, keep your weight close to your back tire, and resist the urge to bail when it feels like your tires are going to slip out from under you.
- Outside of the steep climbs and descents, the trail itself isn't all that technical in the traditional sense of the term — there are no huge drops, rock gardens or gnarly roots to contend with. The sandpits can be annoying, especially if you try the old "crazy legs" strategy to get through them. Keep your legs moving, stay loose, and don't oversteer in the sand.
- The Practice Loop is a great (and aptly named) intro to the Slickrock Trail. Hone your skills there, then go for it on the primary loop.