Justin at Poison Spider Bikes in Moab recommends Hurrah Pass Road as a good place to start exploring the backcountry around Moab.
Its not the easiest trail around, but its still easy, Justin said. The trail is really user-friendly. Its a road, so it s not like youre out there trying to find a small trail on a mesa top. Its hard to get lost on it.
You can start riding to Hurrah Pass from right in town, following Kane Creek Road as it parallels the Colorado River, then winds up the walls of Kane Creek Canyon. Through the narrows, vertical cliffs of Wingate sandstone jump 500 feet straight up from the road. After about 10 miles, the road ascends through purple hoodoo rocks.
Thats what I like most about the mountain bike ride, Justin said. The scenery is rocks and more rocks. Once you get to the pass, you can see a long ways over the Colorado. In fact, the view from the pass takes in about 100 square miles of red rock spires and gorges.
Justin says most people mountain bike ride Hurrah Pass as a 30-mile out-and-back mountain bike ride, but you can extend the trip by crossing the pass, hooking up with the Lockhart Basin Road, and riding all the way to the Needles Area of Canyonlands National Park. Thats heavy-duty, 60 miles, and it takes at least two days. He cautions youll need lots of water, food, and way to shuttle back to Moab if you attempt the trip.
Another variation of the trip for those who dont mind driving out of town is to park at the Kane Creek crossing four miles below Hurrah Pass. Hop on a bike and climb to the pass, then descend the other side into the wilderness of rocks and river heading for Chicken Corners. You stay on a plain between the towering cliffs and the Colorado. Near the end of the trail, the road traverses a narrow bench that is 600 feet straight up from the river.
Overall, Kane Creek Canyon is the 17th most popular mountain bike trail of all 73 mountain biking rides in Utah.