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Slickrock Swamp Trail
The Slickrock Swamp Trail starts in the town of Springdale (just outside of Zion National Park) and climbs onto the mesa above Rockville. This an advanced technical singletrack that features some great sandstone rock. The trail is a lariat loop, 10.5 miles in length, with a 400-vertical foot climb to the loop section of the trail. Peak altitude is 4080 feet. The trail starts at the Chinle Trail parking area in the Anasazi Plateau Subdivision in Springdale.
THIS TRAIL IS NOW CLOSED TO BIKES. DO NOT RIDE.
|From the parking area (on your right just
after pulling off Highway 9) go back to the subdivision road and head
uphill. The road will veer to the west. After a mile, turn left on Navajo
Way. At the T intersection, turn right on Anasazi Way. A bit up the road,
you'll find the singletrack trail on the left, marked by a BLM sign.
As you reach slickrock, follow the black dots on the rock. 1.3 miles from the trailhead, you'll find yourself dropping into a gully, then climbing up a steep chute. (This is a challenge to ride clean!) About a hundred feet later, you'll reach the junction with the return loop -- keep straight (left). At mile 2.2, you'll cruise past the swamp in the slickrock. You're heading east across white sandstone.
After passing the swamp, the trail heads southeast, then back west. At mile 4.2, the trail splits. The left fork is the continuation of the loop. The right trail is a quick bailout route that takes you back home.
As the trail turns back and heads east, you'll be on an easy dirt singletrack, which dumps you back onto the return trail at mile 5.8. Retrace your path along the mesa top, up the wash (when the wash forks, keep right), and over the open sage to the road.
|Getting there: From I-15's La Verkin exit, take
Highway 9 into Springdale. Watch for a bike shop on the left hand side of the road. Stop for a detailed
map and discussion of current riding conditions. Now head back west (the
way you came) for 1.8 miles and turn right up the Anasazi Plateau
Subdivision road. At the second turn in the road, a gravel road dumps you
down into the parking area at GPS 37° 09.673 N 113° 01.169 W.
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