Enchilada and Burrito? Yes, please...

A day late posting for yesterday's ride, but it's ok since we are on vacation.

The Whole Enchilada (WE) is a mountain bike route outside of Moab, Utah.  The route starts high up in the La Sal mountains with Burro Pass (alpine setting) and descends along Castle Valley spitting you out in the canyon below.  Once you reach the Colorado River, you enjoy an easy six mile spin back into the town of Moab.

Map located at end of Hazard County

The WE is a must do for any mountain biker.  A pilgrimage of sorts.  Our opportunity did not allow a start with Burro Pass.  The pass is still closed due to snow and downed trees.   We had to start with the Hazard County trail.  Not a huge issue since we only missed the first seven to eight miles.  That only leaves us with about 27 miles.

Hazard County trailhead
The start of our ride was chilly.  About 54 degrees.

La Sal mountains
Hazard County trail
Hazard County was fun.  At least for me.  Sandy will have to describe her experience.  The trail started with a steep, but short climb into an aspen forest.  The trail was perfect singletrack consisting of powdered sand and embedded rocks.  As the trail descended, it left the aspen forest and merged into a meadow.

At this point, you could really see the views opening up.  The meadow gently gliding into the open vastness of Castle Valley.

Hazard County trail brought us into part of the Kokopelli Trail.  We left singletrack for fast open double track.  We were able to completely let go of the brakes and flow down to the start of the Porcupine Rim trail.

After bombing down Kokopelli, we broke right into Upper Porcupine Singletrack (UPS).  This was fun.  Really fun.  The trail twisted in and out along the rim with great views looking down into Castle Valley.  The trail make-up bounced between sand and slickrock.

Looking into Castle Valley from UPS
Sandy on UPS.  An accidental right turn here is... well, no good
UPS led us into Lower Porcupine Singletrack (LPS).  LPS changed a bit.  No longer singletrack, but rather a continual downhill grade of doubletrack.  LPS terrain was weathered slickrock.  It was rough and bumpy with various ledges along the way.  The ledges were fun to drop and long as you picked the right line.  Failure to pick the right line would certainly provide you the joy of an endo.

Working our way down LPS
I want to mention the temperature at this point.  I noted earlier our ride started around 54 degrees.  You probably noticed the gradual change from shades of green to shades of brown in the photos.  You guessed it.  We had moved from 54 degrees to working our way to the low 100's.

Closing out LPS brought us to our last leg of the ride.  Call it Porcupine "Proper."

Sandy riding into Porcupine "Proper"
We are now working our way down into the canyon and to the river.  The home stretch.  The trail was sandy and riddled with sandstone drops.  Some big, some not so big.  Once in a while the trail would meander to the edge of the canyon just enough to keep you on your toes.

Working our way down the canyon to the river and the highway in the background
After reaching the river we took our time riding back into Moab.  It was an early start to the day, but one we will never forget.  We would do it again tomorrow if asked.  Who am I kidding, you don't have to ask.

Back in Moab we went for beers and and burrito.  Fitting.

Oh yes... a big thank you to our shuttle to the top.  Thanks Coyote Shuttle!

Sweet van!
And oh yes again... an even bigger thank you to Sandy!  Couldn't have asked for anyone better to do this ride (or any ride) with.






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2 Responses to Enchilada and Burrito? Yes, please...

Ginger Holloway said...

That ride looks amazing! Love you two and I am so glad that you are having a great time!


Tracie said...

Looks like an awesome time!!! Can't wait to see more!!! Love you guys!

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