Peak(s):  White Rim Trail Canyonlands - 0 feet
Date Posted:  05/08/2012
Date Climbed:   05/06/2012
Author:  gdthomas

 80 Miles of Enchantment  

Mountain biking the White Rim Trail has been on our bucket list for many years. The stars aligned this Spring allowing us the opportunity to complete one of the country's classic rides. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but there are no words to adequately describe the breathtaking scenery along the WR Trail. For this reason, each photo taken along the trail is accompanied only by an anecdotal description.

We traveled in a clockwise direction starting at the northeast corner of Canyonlands National Park on the Colorado River side (images 1-14) and finishing on the northwest corner of the Park on the Green River side (images 15-23). The trail is entirely double track. There are three steep climbs. Total elevation gain is about 6,000 feet, not much for an 80 mile ride. Extremely fit cyclists can ride the entire trail in one long day. We took three days to do some desert camping and to allow for side hikes/rides. Our camps were approximately 27 miles apart. Outhouses are located about every 10 miles along the WR Trail with some exceptions.

In addition to great landscapes, Mother Nature gave us terrific weather and the Supermoon.


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 Comments or Questions
Matt Lemke

Very nice!
05/09/2012 07:10
I just did that at the end of March. Fantastic scenery indeed. I took one night. The best way to see the Island in the sky district!


05/09/2012 11:30
That just looks like pure fun. Great photos.

Brian C

05/09/2012 12:17
Nice photos of Monster Tower, Washerwoman and Standing Rock! The desert is an amazing place.


05/09/2012 14:11
This is also on my ”bucket list”......Did you have a support vehicle following to carry your camp gear/food/water or did you go with a guided trip ? I was looking to do this with someone driving a vehicle with our gear. How is the road to drive for a non-experienced 4WD driver ?


Thats how you spend a weekend
05/09/2012 14:51
In Eastern Utah. Nice work gdthomas. Looks like you captured all the highlights in this TR. Short and inspiring. Thanks!


05/09/2012 15:54
My friends always do the 1-day version but I haven't been interested in a 100 mile head downd grind when you have such amazing views to take in and tons of side adventure opportunities. This is the way to do it!

Scuba Steve

05/10/2012 18:12
Makes me want to get off my feet and into the saddle.


Thanks All!
05/10/2012 19:01
Matt: If I do it again, It'll be a one-night affair now that I've seen the landmarks.
Breckskier: I too have friends who have done the entire loop in one day but they admit they missed an opportunity to take it all in.


Nice report!
05/17/2012 20:08
Always a good ride. Did you have a chance to do any hiking up Lathrop or Taylor Canyons?


It's a two wheel drive road the whole way. I've always had a truck as a sag wagon when I've done it but have seen Subaru's etc. out there. No 4WD experience necessary.


05/17/2012 21:02
We couldn't ride in Lathrop Canyon due to the sandy trail. We hiked down a bit but the 8-mile RT didn't sound like fun in mountain biking shoes. As for Taylor Canyon, we reached the turn off on day three of our ride but were short on time at that point.

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