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.
"Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Utah’s most spectacular state parks," according to DiscoverMoab.com.
"The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world.
Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands’ sculpted pinnacles and buttes." In addition to the iconic Dead Horse Point vista, this area is now home to some of the most beginner-friendly trails in Moab.
The trails themselves reach beautiful viewpoints along the rim of the gorge for a more immersive Dead Horse Point experience.
These trails also serve as a great primer for beginner and early intermediate riders looking for a taste of Moab mountain biking.
With low slickrock slabs, flowy singletrack, and the occasional rock garden mixed in, this is still true desert mountain biking. The trail network at Dead Horse Point offers 16.6 miles of mountain bike trails currently, and the loop shown here circumnavigates the entire system.
However, numerous connectors and cross trails exist, meaning that beginners can easily create a much shorter ride option. "Remember that non-riding spouse? This is a fine place to take him or her riding," writes John Fisch in an article on Singletracks.com.
"Making this route all the more amazing is that despite its low level of difficulty, my son and I, both advanced riders, had an excellent time as well," he concludes. Sources: http://discovermoab.com/mountainbiking/#dead-horse https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/the-best-moab-trails-for-beginners-and-casual-riders/2/ https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/dead-horse/intrepid-trail/