Circle O

Moab

A fantastic intro to riding on Moab's slickrock slabs.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
8.9 km
Ascent
130 m
Descent
130 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
1.4 km
Gradient
Circle O Map

This loop on Circle O might be short, but it provides an excellent introduction to Moab slickrock slab riding for beginners and early intermediate riders.

Description

On Circle O, riders will be able to practice following painted lines to complete the trail—an unusual experience if you've never done it before. They'll also be able to practice pumping through the various ripples and rolls in the slickrock, dropping down short hills, and then grunting back up the other side. Small clefts in the rock form small but sharp V's that must be negotiated carefully but also provide a great training ground.

Every slickrock slab is different, however, and the rough, rippled surface of Circle O isn't reminiscent of the named Slickrock trail whatsoever. Slickrock consists of an entirely different type of sandstone that creates much smoother slabs. The rough, rocky ride on Circle O can feel punishing at times, making you feel like you've pedaled much farther than your GPS might indicate!

Finished Circle O and haven't had enough yet? Consider adding on the Lazy EZ Loop or North 40 Loop for more mileage.

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.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

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

Features

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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