The Ramblin trail in the Navajo Rocks trail system is just outside Moab UT. It’s wonderful newer trail with an interesting mix of slick rock, fractured rock and desert sand pits. We have been riding it as shuttled trip the last two years.
The trailhead starts from the West parking lot and ends roughly 3.2 miles later at the east parking lot. Both parking areas are just off highway #313. The ride gradually descends with this route but, there are tricky/challenging technical climbs to work through! There are some Steep pitches, ledges and sections with off-camber side hills that will test your skills. Portions of the trail might require a little assistance getting through stair-steps and off-camber climbs. The ride starts out as slick rock for the first couple of miles then changes to desert/sandy portions and back to slick rock for the final distance
This one is a blast to ride with a handful of other higher level handcycle riders. It’s a good learning experience to see how others approach sections and see firsthand little tricks that you may have never thought of otherwise.
Be sure to stop and take in the scenery!
Trail Name: Ramblin Trail
Type: Slick rock, Start and end at different points
Rating: Adaptive Level 09
Length: 3.2 miles
Steepest Section: Difficult – over 30º
Most Off-Camber Section: Moderate – between 10-30º
Terrain: Mostly hardpack, lengthy loose sections
Obstacles: Deep ruts and erosion, Ravines, drop-ins, Drops, ledges, jumps, Sand traps
Help Needed? Yes, a little
Even more info: discover moab
Directions to Trailhead
From I-70 and Crescent Junction, drive south on US-191 for 20 miles. If coming from Moab, drive about 9 miles north of the Colorado River on Highway 191. Turn west on Highway 313.
East Parking: At mile 5.3 (shortly after you pass the view area), there’s a fenced trailhead on the right. This is where the loop crosses the highway. Park here to start at the east end of Rocky Tops or Ramblin.
White Dot DT (old trailhead or 7-up access): At mile 6.1, turn left onto dirt road. The little loop 100 yards down on the left side of the dirt road is the parking area. N38 38.031 W109 46.815. Start your ride by pedaling south along the dirt road.
West Parking: Proceed on Highway 313 as above, but at mile 6.1 keep driving straight as you pass the main parking area. At mile 6.4 just as you reach the top of a hill, look for a gravel turn on your right just as you pass through the cut in the hill. Go 100 feet and park by the trail sign. (If you missed the turn, you’ll have another chance 100 yards further down the road.) Ignore the wide ATV path and take the single-track just to the left. Ramblin and Big Mesa share their first 1/4 mile of trail. Middle Earth is across the road.