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Moab, UT: Bartlett Wash 

Let your imagination ride wild on Bartlett Wash's free-form wonderland of chutes, bowls, steps, and flats.

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Author: _MtnBkr
Date: 20 Oct 2007 11:06:09 AM
Source: AllSport GPS on my Nextel phone
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: Utah (UT)
Distance: 6.77 mi  (Change units)
Calories: 354
Average Speed: Overall: 2.7 mph - 0:22:00/mi
Active: 2.7 mph - 0:22:00/mi
Duration: Total: 2:29:05
Active: 2:29:05
Unaccounted: 0:00:00
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1151 ft
Total Loss: 1150 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: Castle Valley, Moab, Utah
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

There are a few painted white dots on the ground to get you started, but there’s no trail at Bartlett Wash. Once you’re on the rock, it’s a free-for-all. Lean way back, trust in friction, and ride whatever you can. Climb, coast, jump, and swoop yourself silly. Just don’t get in over your head out there. This playground is for big kids; it’s full of increasingly steeper slopes that quickly turn into high cliffs. And the more you ride, the more tempted you’ll be to go bigger.

(Also, try not to skid your tire on the downhills so the next riders can enjoy the scenery as much as you did.)

To get to the trailhead, zero your trip-o-meter as you turn off of Highway 191 to go west on Blue Hills Road (a dirt road at the south boundary of the airport). Turn left at 2.3 miles, veer left at 3.1 miles, and turn right at 3.8 miles. There’s parking and walk-in camping around mile 4.8.

Ride west from the parking lot along the road into the sandy, usually wet, wash for 0.2 miles. Access to the rock is on the right. It's a bit hidden, so look for bike tracks and the typical brown fiberglass pole marking the trail.

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Moab, UT: Bartlett Wash

Distance: 6.77 mi Points: 439 Calories: 354
Total Time: 2:29:05 Speed: 2.7 mph Pace: 22:00 / mi
Active Time: 2:29:05 Speed: 2.7 mph Pace: 22:00 / mi

Points of Interest

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Suspension makes it smooth.

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This shot was taken on a blue-sky day in 2006.

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After you, Alphonse . . .

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Entrada sandstone

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Sounds good to me.

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Another 2006 picture

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There's a campsite just across from the parking area.

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Rocky Terrain

Location: 38.715787, -109.788394
Head out of the wash and onto the rock here. It's somewhat hidden by the bushes, so look for bike tracks.


Location: 38.707750, -109.809895
View of the chute from the top.

Parking Area

Location: 38.717252, -109.785272

Disc Golf by Bike

Location: 38.710764, -109.807212
Pick a bush and see how many throws it takes. Count yourself lucky if no discs roll off a cliff.


Location: 38.712455, -109.806590
This chute wasn't as bad as it looked.


Location: 38.707834, -109.810603
This chute looked impossible, but most of us rode it and felt proud (that we were still in one piece).


Location: 38.715753, -109.796805
There is a little sand at the beginning, but your destination is 100 percent rock.


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