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Tusher Canyon (Left) Trail
|Some riders start from the parking area just
beyond the railroad tracks. From here, it's 4 miles to the real trailhead.
If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, we suggest you skip the road. The
first two miles are absolutely boring desert, then you have to hike
through a mile of unrideable sand. Our description assumes you drove the
wash, and are starting at the slickrock trailhead.
From the rock ramp, head straight towards the cliff. When you reach the "hoodoos" at 0.1 miles, look for a rockpile on top, and jump or portage your bike up. Ride a few hundred feet, and spot the rockpile marking the next portage up the rock. Ride the ledge south a bit, watching carefully for further rockpiles. You'll have three spots where you have to play mountain goat, packing your bike 20 or 30 feet up the slope to the next ledge.
At one mile, you'll be nearing the end of the ledge-running, and getting close to the white rock that caps the bluff. Don't go over the top. Stay just below the white rock. After you pass the twin towers, you'll enter the slickrock playground. Playtime! If you want to continue around to the east side, just ride east close to the break between the dirt and the orange rock. You'll drop down to a second playground.
|Getting there: From I-70, drive south on US-191 for
16 miles. You'll pass the airport, then a dirt road (Blue Hills Road) on
the right, then the Klondike Bluffs parking area on the left, then you'll
spot a dirt road crossing the railroad tracks in some trees on the right,
titled Mill Canyon Road.
From Moab's center street, drive north 15.5 miles. Watch for the dirt Mill Canyon Road on your left where the railroad tracks come very close to the road, just past a smallish hill on your left.
Once on the dirt road, go 0.6 miles and turn right, following the sign to Tusher Canyon. At 1.3 miles, keep left on the main road. At 2.7 miles, the road drops into the wash. Turn left up the wash (the greenish road on the right goes to Bartlett Wash). Keep left at the next two forks, staying in the wash. When the wash opens up into a small flat valley at 4.0 miles, watch for a rockpile on your left marking a rock "road" that heads to the cliffs.
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