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|
|La Sal mountains|
|Hazard County trail|
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|
|Working our way down LPS|
Closing out LPS brought us to our last leg of the ride. Call it Porcupine "Proper."
|Sandy riding into Porcupine "Proper"|
|Working our way down the canyon to the river and the highway in the background|
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!