Pipe Dream Trail - Mountain Biking

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Summary

Pipe Dream trail is a 9.4 out and back ride, which can be shortened and made gentler by dropping to the 4x4 road below for the return taking off 1.2 miles. It is a fun trail with lots of little ups and downs to keep you on your toes.

Written by

Sallie Shatz

Distance

9.4 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

3.7 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

4 hours

2-4 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Pipe Dream Trail

Review

Intro

Pipe Dream is a trail built by Trail Mix and the MTA. It is part of the 150 of single track being built on BLM land in Grand County. It’s a great out and back trail covering 9.4 miles to the west of town 300 ft. off the valley floor, or can be shortened to an 8.2 mile loop by dropping to the 4x4 road below. There is about 1000 vertical foot gain over the ride, if doing the whole ride. As part of its construction, giant slabs of rock were used to make the trail giving it a follow the yellow brick road feel. This is a perfect trail for later in a hot day, as the sun will go behind the rockwall to the west of the trail.

What Makes It Great

With access from town or a few miles south of town, its convenience can’t be beat. It has great views of Moab, the Spanish Valley and the La Sal Mountains. It is a rolling, fun trail with surfaces of compacted dirt and large stone paversthat turn sections of the ride making it technically more challenging Tightswooping turns add the fun of feeling like a racecar on a European mountainroad. The BLM trail signs rate this ride as advanced intermediate or expert riders.

For it’s proximity to town it is surprisingly quiet. Stop and listen to the wind in the cliffs above you. There are options with this trail - it can be done as an out and back for a 9.4 mile run. It can be made easier dropping to the 4x4 trail below making the loop 8.2 miles; or, for more fun, connect it with the Hidden Valley/Moab Rim Trail bringing the total to 16 miles and 3,200 vertical gain.

This trail is part of a concerted effort of MTA and Trail Mix, a mixed group of outdoor enthusiasts, from many backgrounds of thought to continue to create more single track trails in Grand County.

There is no water at the trailhead or along the trail, pack plenty of water, use sunscreen and know your limits in heat.

Who is Going to Love It

BLM trailheads sign recommend this as an intermediate to expert with it surfaces of pavers, tight turns and rolling ups and down. There is the option turning around at any point as well as dropping, at connection points, 300 feet to a level 4x4 trail. You can add challenge by going the full distance out and back,or even connect to Hidden Valley/Moab Rim to make it into a substantial outing. This is a great trail for later on a hot day as it goes into the shade of the wall of rock that defines Moab’s western boundary.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There is no fee for using this area, it is on BLM land. There are multiple entrances to this trail. At the south end, it shares a parking lot with the Hidden Valley Trail. The trailhead is accessible via Angel Rock Road, three miles south of town on route 191. Angel Rock Road is just south of the Grand County Search and Rescue (you will see the radio tower). Take a right heading west on Angel Rock Road, at the T, turn left heading north and the trailhead will become visible to your left.

This is BLM land,dogs are allowed but it is suggested that you leash and/or be able to keep your dog under control. Please pack out their waste and consider temperatures and carrying water for your dog.

Location

Pipe Dream Trail Run

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38.528381, -109.51388

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