Moab - White Rim Trail

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  1. bigal915

    bigal915 n00b

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    I just started researching doing this as well, solo...glad I found this thread...and some others. I'll be there in early June on a Super Tenere. Can't wait!
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  2. PvtPts

    PvtPts Wanderer in training

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    Will do my best to post a ride report once all done. Plan is to depart Vancouver BC May 21, arriving May May 23 late, local rides May 24 / 25 / 26, depart 27 heading across Nevada, Oregon, up the coast then in around Mt St Helens & Rainier before turning North for Canada again - allowing 5 days for the return. Been planning this one for a while so starting to get just a bit excited!
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  3. mkitchen

    mkitchen Been here awhile

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    So how long to make the whole WRT? I am a casual rider and my wife, Mo, is slower than casual, but it looks like the trail is only 80+ miles and unless it is pretty rough, a fellow should be able to do it in one day? Would I be better to plan on two though? I would rather do the ride from Moab without camp gear and prefer a one day trip. Would I be biting off too much?
    I have ridden Potash and the Sheafer switchbacks already and would think riding to the WRT from Potash would be the choice.
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  4. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    IMO its a day trip, just get a fairly early start and take plenty of water. Like I posted earlier, I took my wife on the back and did it in about 6 hours going clockwise.
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  5. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    Trail is around 110 to 118 miles or so depending on spurs taken etc... It's a day trip. You'll be stopping for photos and such a lot. It's amazing, you don't want to blow by it.
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  6. 75bronco

    75bronco Been here awhile

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    Trail can be punishing and tedious two up. Its the choppy rds with some challanging hills.
    We camped mid way trough breaking the wrt into two days, making it much more fun.
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  7. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    An older video but this was my Solo White Rim Trail ride on a KTM 530exc

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  8. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    I did WRT clockwise today, solo, on a 1290R, with TKC80's. Most of the trail was easy to moderate. But there are some pretty challenging sections, especially on the west side. I think had the trail been wet it'd have been a nightmare. An intermediate ADV rider should have few to no issues on the trail but if you're new or timid, turn around at White Crack camp ground.
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  9. REALGRAVEROBBER

    REALGRAVEROBBER LEAVING GRAVES EMPTY

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    Your bike right out of the box will do it fine. A front-wheel drive car like a Taurus could do it fine, or any 2wd light pickup. It's super doable, and a National treasure.
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  10. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Long timer

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    It's a nice easy one day ride if you get going early and make it a loop. I did it out and back in one day, but it was too much. I also did a couple side trips off the trail and. It can be done, but it's pushing it in my opinion.
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  11. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Long timer

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    FYI. THis is my Moab MVP : https://www.motosport.com/michelin-bib-mousse

    I would highly recommend a type of bib-mouse for down there. The place has endless sharp edges and the ability to just blast over everything is almost like having super powers. It's also no place to be screwing around changing tubes.
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  12. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    yeah, I don't know about that. They do fix the road occasionally so it might depend on the time of year, but when I did it there were for sure some challenging parts and 4x4 needed. There were deep ruts and a few ledges that could have been an issue. I hit the skid plate on the 1290R a few times.
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  13. Deviant

    Deviant aka KTM 1290SAdvR

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    This alone would have stopped a taurus...
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    And no, I didn't drop it (there). But I did have to step off for a section. That stuff was slick and deep and a good 100 or more feet long.
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  14. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer

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    A group of us rode around counter clockwise in 2017 and I'm very doubtful that a Taurus could have done it then. Deep sand in Mineral Bottoms might be a challenge. Then the biggest surprise for us was Hardscrabble Hill. Not exceptionally steep and appeared to be a non issue until the soft sand at the top. One rider dropped into a hole dug out by either a 4x4 or atv and needed help to get going. Then the sharp ledge at the top and conflicting shouted and pointed directions made me vacillate as to left or right, and loss of momentum "got me". 'Had to push over the top as just no traction in the sand. None of us ever considered running into that deep sand on a steep hill. A Taurus might go down, but not up!
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  15. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Long timer

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    Just noticed this is an old thread! Did the OP go last year?
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  16. Hi-De-Ho

    Hi-De-Ho Mad Scientist

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    Don't know if he did or not, but......we will be riding the WRT...White Rim Trail in both directions next month. Have done it before, but this time want to do it in both directions, with a one day break in between.

    Going to spend 10 days riding all of Moab, so might as well do the WRT twice.
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  17. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Long timer

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    I did that last May. Heading back in April possible. I have GPS tracks and lots of photos if you need.

    https://matstewart.smugmug.com/Moab-May-2017/
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  18. goin2alaska

    goin2alaska Been here awhile

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    I have an AT also, and a new ktm 690r, I did white rim august on a klr and it was a beast of a ride because of the loose powder, but like most say its only a small percentage of the trail, I wouldn't do on my AT because it would be a workout but it would probably be better than a GS. I will be in moab coming from san diego may 22-25 so hit me up if you want company, I ride moab 5 or 6x a year for the last 10 years. I will be on my way to Montana from moab. Have fun and don't forget to get your permit.
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  19. philstrailgnome

    philstrailgnome Adventurer

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    Just catching this one too....wonder how the OP did on his adventure. Ridden it a dozen times on a mountain bike and several more on a throttle bike. Hardscrabble Hill from either direction is a challenge depending on depth of loose dirt/sand. The huge sandy section towards Mineral Bottom can be a total beast or easy depending on precip. And a few other spots here and there but totally doable. Would be nice to have an extra hand to pick up a big bike or help push if need be on Hardscrabble (see Blaise W photo). Easy day though, even from town. Just make sure you have the gas for it all. Adding in Potash Road is a great way to do it, and for added spice, add in Long Canyon!!
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  20. 2017ATDCT

    2017ATDCT Lightspeed’s too slow

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    Reading this thread has me pumped to do WRT asap. My AT is pretty hooked up and I'm ready to rock.

    I was just in Moab last weekend and had every intention of doing WRT, but a surprise flat left me with no spare rear tube and I opted for more casual riding at Onion Creek and Potash Rd/Shafer Trail. Slabbing it to Moab from Denver is not my favorite thing, but I might just have to do it again soon.

    Anyone headed out to WRT on a big bike anytime soon? I'd much rather ride with another bike, to help pickup a heavy bike on its side lol.
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