Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
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. 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.