1000 vertical hike in less than 1 mile with sections of 20% grade. Quick workout with overlook of Moab Valley below and outward view from Arches National Park to the La Sal Mountains. Bring map to orient yourself to the landscape of the Adrenaline capitol of the world.
In the adrenilized, adventure capital of the world, one wonders what the average Moabite does for a quick workout. The Moab Rim trail is less 1-mile with sections of 20% grade, ascending 1000 vertical feet to a view of the Moab Valley and the Colorado River below. The outward view stretches from Arches National Park in the north to the La Sal Mountains. Bring a map and see how many landmarks and recreation areas you can spot. It will change your perspective of how the massive playground interconnects.
What Makes It Great
Some years ago there was a gondola up from the town side of this formation you are ascending. It wasn’t profitable, and closed. The old walkways and railing are still there. Be careful near the edge and watch your footing.
The uplift you are hiking up is result of a dramatic shift in the earth’s surface about six million years ago forcing this uplift of the Moab Fault. For more information on the geology of the area, go to the visitor center on Main St. They are friendly, knowledgeable, have a super bookstore.They also have a huge parking lot, free, clean bathrooms and potable water.
Who is Going to Love It
For the serious athlete: the real fitness test is if you, on foot, can beat a mountain biker or a 4x4 vehicle up or down - that’s worthy of bragging rights.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The trailhead is off of Kane Creek road 2.6 miles from the junction with 191 at the south end of the straightaway section of Main St. in town. Look for the 1st parking lot on your left as you drive along the Colorado River. The trail is slickrock from bottom to top. It is steep and when wet, it can be slippery. If you are not competing for time, take the time to look at the rock under your feet. The little stones that are caught in the dips, the color changes, the iron balls or discs embedded into the rock. They can be seen more clearly if you continue on towards the Hidden Valley connection trail.
The Moab Rim Trail is BLM land and there are no fees. Dogs are allowed, but remember this is a mixed-use trail, expect to see 4x4 vehicles and mountain bikes. There is no water at the trailhead or on the route. Remember to bring water for your dog and be careful of how hot the slickrock is on their paws.