East of Moab, the Whole Enchilada is a rugged 27 mile route that links up several trail systems from high alpine through aspen forest and finally red rock desert. It's best known for a shuttle one-way downhill with over 8,400 feet of descent. But, that doesn't come for free since there is over 2,200 feet of climbing along the way. The best Whole Enchilada Trail mounta...
East of Moab, the Whole Enchilada is a rugged 27 mile route that links up several trail systems from high alpine through aspen forest and finally red rock desert. It's best known for a shuttle one-way downhill with over 8,400 feet of descent. But, that doesn't come for free since there is over 2,200 feet of climbing along the way. The best Whole Enchilada Trail mountain biking is typically between mid-June through mid-October when Burro Pass is snow-free.
The Whole Enchilada route starts atop Burro Pass and drops through aspen forest on the way to red rock pinyon and juniper desert. The Whole Enchilada actually combines four major trails: Burro Pass, Hazard County, UPS/LPS and Porcupine Rim. The route ends down at the Colorado River along SR128, and then its is a five mile roll back into Moab. Be prepared for temperature extremes - you could start up near snow in the high alpine region and roll back to town in over 100F desert.
The route down from Burro Pass and through Hazard County are sweet winding singletrack. Hazard County is a little more rocky and rutted. UPS/LPS is winding redrock singletrack with big exposure as it runs a long cliffline. The toughest stretch is probably the 4-5 miles of rocky doubletrack along Porcupine Rim, before it turns into flowing singletrack for the final descent to the Colorado River. That doubletrack section of Porcupine Rim is a beast since its usually where you're really exposed to the heat. Plus, that section has become insanely rocky over the past few years to the point where it is marginally rideable anymore. Hence, what you're about to read next.
In addition to the traditional Whole Enchilada route, there is a new option that involves the relatively new Falcon Flow Trail. During the descent, when you reach the Porcupine Rim Trail, instead of turning right heading north towards the Colorado River, turn left heading southwest to Sand Flat Road. Turn right briefly and pickup the start of the Falcon Flow Trail for 5 miles. It winds and rolls a ways way from the dusty Sand Flat Road and feels very remote. The Falcon Flow Trail has about 1,000 feet of descent and 500 feet of climbing before dropping out back on Sand Flat Road close to the Slickrock Bike Trail parking area.
Pretty much all of the mountain bikers use one of the Moab-based shuttle services to get up either the Burro Pass or Hazard Country trailheads, depeding upon snow levels. All of the shuttle companies are all about equal. Definitely get a very early shuttle up to minimize the heat exposure on the lower ends.
Overall, Whole Enchilada is the 61st most popular mountain bike trail of all 74 mountain biking rides in Utah. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Whole Enchilada including White Rim Trail, Klondike Bluffs Trail, Slickrock Bike Trail, Monitor and Merrimac Trail, Poison Spider Trail and Porcupine Rim Trail.
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