Sarlacc Out-and-Back

Fruita

A beautiful trail running high above the rest of the 18 Road Trail System.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
32 km
Ascent
836 m
Descent
835 m
Duration
6-7 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
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Sarlacc Out-and-Back Map

Description

The Sarlacc Trail is one of the newest trails in the greater 18 Road Trail System but unlike the most popular trails, Sarlacc traverses the top of the Book Cliffs, looking down on the other trails in the area from high above. From the top of the cliffs, you’ll enjoy "incredible views of the back of the Bookcliffs as well as enormous views of the Grand Valley,” according to BackcountryBiker.com.

The entire trail is a beautiful bench cut construction that follows the contours of the land and the edge of the ridge. While there aren’t any major climbs or descents on this ride, the short and steep ups-and-downs can add up quickly!

Note that Sarlacc has a seasonal closure, and that the trail is only open from May 1st until November 30th.

Sources: BackcountryBiker.com Pinkbike.com

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Picturesque

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