Sovereign

Moab

Rock gardens and rock slabs interspersed with sandy stretches make for an ever-changing ride.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
15 km
Ascent
315 m
Descent
315 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
1.5 km
Gradient
Sovereign Map

Sovereign is one of the classic Moab routes that has been re-routed in recent years with more attractive and more enjoyable singletrack. Unlike most Moab trails, however, the Sovereign singletrack is shared with motorcycles, meaning that this trail shows much more wear and tear than most Moab trails.

Description

First, the good. Sovereign offers entertaining rocky singletrack riding without some of the steep, extended climbs found in other trail systems. Chunky rock gardens and flowy slabs of slickrock make for an ever-changing ride experience, keeping the ride feeling fresh.

Now, the bad. Due to the excessive motorcycle traffic, the sections of singletrack between the rocks are extremely rutted in places. In others, the throttle twisting has reduced the trail to deep sand pits.

The silver lining: this would be the perfect trail for a full suspension fat bike. The fat tires would provide great float through the deep sand and the suspension would provide forgiveness in the technical rock gardens. That said, this trail is still achievable on a normal mountain bike, you may just be forced to hike through some of the sandy sections.

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

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

Features

  • Technical
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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