Sarlacc Loop

Fruita

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

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
23 km
Ascent
567 m
Descent
567 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
Sarlacc Loop Map

The Sarlacc Trail is one of the newest trails in the greater 18 Road Trail System but unlike the most popular rides, 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.

Description

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!

Expect to face "some tight corners, rock moves and twisty and rolling whoops,” according to BackcountryBiker.

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

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

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

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Road sections
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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