Moab - Porcupine Rim Oct 3 2007
and photos by Sharon Bader and Lee Lau unless otherwise noted.
Porcupine Rim. THE must do Moab Epic. We have done the Porcupine singletrack from Sand Flats road, actually we drove up and Lee got the car from the end of the trail while the rest of us sat in a coffee shop... The last few times we were in Moab we were unable to do the Whole Enchilada! ride for various reasons. Closures, snow the usual.
One of the goals of this trip was ride from Burro Pass -> Hazard County -> Kokopelli-> Upper Porcupine Singletrack/Lower Porcupine Singletrack AND the Porcupine Singletrack. The weather almost got us again! We could only do the ride from Hazard County. Oh well we still got in our 2075m of descending for 545m of climbing!
The drive up through Castle Valley is an adventure in itself!
We start at Warner Lake in the aspen stands of the La Sals. Nice campground.
After a wee climb with the La Sals towering ever presently in the back.
Winter is just starting to make itself known as the aspen leaves start to brown.
The trail starts open and fast, with smallish hits along the way built in rocked Moab style.
The contrasting views are stellar, can you see us in the left corner!
The mesa's are ever present and surrounding us.
Railing through the Oak!
Little hits were built along the Hazard section for those who like to fly!
Swoopy section just before Kokopelli!
Kokopelli section of the ride.
The La Sals are starting to get further away.
Finally a stop for a snack at one of the many outcropped viewpoints of Castle Valley.
Such diversity of terrain!
Cool slickrock boulder section stands in start contrast to the La Sals in the background.
On the Upper Porcupine section, ho hum more slickrock!
Lots of opportunity to play!
The Nuggy shot! I was able to ride the 2008 Fluid LT on this ride! Nice Bike! Perfect for Moab DH!
The Fluid LT fluently flowing on the sandy field.
Oh Look at the Freerider taking advantage on this steep and deep to show what the Shore can do!
Not to be outdone, Jamie also drops in on the sexy six!
Ho Hum more views.
What is the view up there like? Not bad either!
Lee - photo by Pete Stace-Smith
Nope, not a bad way to spend a day!
We must get getting lower and turning away from the Rim towards the final singletrack.
Not to miss the opportunities to huck a few back!
Getting lower now, you can start to see Moab Valley.
Lots of ledges on the Porcupine singletrack to spend some time on.
Trish! - photo by Pete Stace-Smith
Oh look, we must be near the bottom, a climb.
Back at the car!