Guidebook

25 of North America's Best Slickrock Slab MTB Rides

Slickrock riding isn't reserved solely for Moab—discover the best slab riding across North America in this guidebook!

Description

When sticky rubber tires meet gritty slabs of rock, magical traction casts a spell on your mountain bike, allowing it to traverse unbelievable terrain! Whether it’s pedaling straight up impossibly-steep climbs, ripping into skatepark-like bowls, traversing off-camber side slopes, or dropping down near-vertical slabs between towering tree trunks, slickrock slab riding is a much-coveted version of the mountain bike experience.

But you can’t find superb slickrock just anywhere, and thus the lust for rock ripping beats strongly in the hearts of mountain bikers around the globe. While Moab and the eponymous Slickrock trail reign supreme, it’s still possible to find slabs of rock to skid down all across North America.

In this guidebook, I attempted to uncover the best slab rock riding across the continent. While undoubtedly a few delightful gems are still flying under the radar, if you journey to any of these haunts you’re guaranteed a fabulous rip on challenging slabs of bedrock!

Slickrock
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Slickrock

Moab
15.8 km
388 m
388 m
One of the original world-famous mountain bike trails, the unique slickrock slabs provide an otherworldly ride experience
Severe
Private
Dupont State Forest Slickrock
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dupont State Forest Slickrock

Brevard
11.8 km
377 m
377 m
Experience Dupont's famous slickrock balds in the most efficient way possible.
Severe
Private
Gooseberry Mesa
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gooseberry Mesa

Zion National Park
17.0 km
230 m
230 m
Rippled slickrock riding paired with extreme exposure and beautiful views from the mesa's rim.
Severe
Private
Little Creek Mountain Double Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Little Creek Mountain Double Loop

Hurricane
21.0 km
330 m
330 m
The Little Creek Mountain Double Loop offers 14 miles of mixed singletrack and slickrock with classic Southwest Utah scenery.
Difficult
Private
Guacamole Mesa: Full Outer Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Guacamole Mesa: Full Outer Loop

Zion National Park
15.6 km
169 m
169 m
This ride links together the outer loop Guacamole trails into a great 11-mile ride—perfect for upper intermediates—with plenty of advanced options as well.
Moderate
Private
Classic Squamish Slab Ride
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Classic Squamish Slab Ride

Squamish
10.5 km
450 m
450 m
Squamish is renowned for its slab riding, and this route connects many of the best-known slabs into one big ride.
Extreme
Private
Hangover
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hangover

Sedona
13.3 km
385 m
385 m
Extreme exposure coupled with brutally-technical rock moves make Hangover one of the most technical--and dangerous--trails in the nation.
Extreme
Private
The Ribbon -> Free Lunch -> Holy Cross
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Ribbon -> Free Lunch -> Holy Cross

Grand Junction
17.8 km
256 m
894 m
One of the fastest, rowdiest, point-to-point shuttles anywhere, with wide-open rock slab riding, uber-technical rock gardens, and big jump and drop options--experts only!
Extreme
Private
Rockstacker to Jackson's
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rockstacker to Jackson's

Moab
19.4 km
556 m
556 m
If death-defying ledge drops, massive boulders, narrow singletrack on top of a thousand-foot cliff, and jaw-dropping views constitute your idea of fun, then Rockstacker to Jackson's is for you!
Extreme
Private
Bartlett Wash
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bartlett Wash

Moab
9.2 km
209 m
209 m
Prepare to have a blast playing on Bartlett's undulating slickrock terrain.
Difficult
Private
Navajo Rocks
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Navajo Rocks

Moab
28.9 km
552 m
552 m
Navajo Rocks embodies new school Moab mountain biking at its finest!
Difficult
Private
Magnificent 7
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Magnificent 7

Moab
44.4 km
678 m
1,292 m
Ride some of the most technical and dangerous mountain bike trails in the world in one massive shuttle route!
Extreme
Private
Hiline
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hiline

Sedona
14.2 km
330 m
330 m
Hiline offers stunning views of the Red Rocks region from exposed mountainside singletrack. Finish it off with a raucous descent down a black-diamond plunge!
Extreme
Private
Vitamin B
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Vitamin B

Buena Vista
20.3 km
619 m
619 m
One of the most brutally-technical and high-consequence mountain bike trails in Central Colorado.
Extreme
Private
Captain Ahab
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Captain Ahab

Moab
14.2 km
425 m
425 m
Captain Ahab combines the best new-school singletrack trail building techniques with Moab's famous views and challenging rocks for a classic mountain bike experience.
Severe
Private
Flat Pass Shuttle
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Flat Pass Shuttle

Moab
14.8 km
354 m
559 m
Flat Pass is an outstanding, genuine Moab mountain biking experience without Moab crowds.
Severe
Private
St. George Barrel/Zen
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

St. George Barrel/Zen

16.8 km
540 m
540 m
The Barrel/Zen route combines two popular loops to give technically-oriented riders a full smorgasbord of rocky, stunt-laden fun.
Severe
Private
Harlow Lake: Bareback Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Harlow Lake: Bareback Loop

6.8 km
146 m
147 m
A technical test piece hidden in the wilds of the UP.
Extreme
Private
The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge

Canmore
10.0 km
491 m
492 m
Shred technical, exposed rock slabs on the razor's edge of the mountain range!
Extreme
Private
Red Mesa

Red Mesa

5.6 km
104 m
104 m
Technical rock slab riding in the desert that can sometimes be tricky to navigate.
Severe
Private
Hartman Rocks Tech Trails
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hartman Rocks Tech Trails

Salida
15.6 km
509 m
508 m
Two tech lines filled with massive slickrock slabs to roll!
Severe
Private
Cream Puff Loop

Cream Puff Loop

Pemberton
9.5 km
418 m
419 m
One of the best rock slab rips in British Columbia!
Severe
Private
Green Monster Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Green Monster Loop

4.7 km
266 m
257 m
Whistler's top rock slab ride!
Extreme
Private
Original Sin
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Original Sin

Whistler Blackcomb
1.4 km
0 m
230 m
A varied tech trail with eroded fall line singletrack and massive rock rolls.
Severe
Private
Bishop's Rock

Bishop's Rock

6.3 km
160 m
160 m
A wide-open slickrock slab playground with endless technical line opportunities!
Extreme
Private