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Porcupine Rim is a 13.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Moab, Utah that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is best used from April until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.9 mi Elevation gain 1,213 ft Route type Point to Point
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Ohv / off road driving River Views
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Josh Cook
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Hiking

Fantastic view

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Kevin B
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Hiking

4/10/20 Barracks trail. Traveled North to south. Went 13.3 miles and turned around. Crossed river 15+ times. River was pretty high. Guessing at 70%. Sand hill starts at 6.5 miles. Incline goes uphill from north to south. Extreme steep sand hill, compare to sand mountain or fingers. Would be very difficult for any vehicle to make it up such as jeeps, SUV’s or trucks. More for dirt bikes, sport atvs and turbo SxS’s. Trail on top: Really bumpy because of trail whoops. Loved it! 5 star!

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Sean Canfield
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Off Road DrivingOff trail
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Amey Hunter
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Off Road DrivingRocky

Great trail. Beautiful views. Fun obstacles, nothing crazy.

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Radames Oliver
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Mountain biking

Great trail all along until the last couple of miles where the trail narrows to 4 foot wide with plenty of boulders and near death fall to the right onto the Colorado...Otherwise it was AWESOME!

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Trey Cottingham
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Mountain biking

Insanely challenging and extremely fun!

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Patrick Starr
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We loved it. We went 4 wheeling on it in our Jeep Rubicon. It is harder than hells revenge and fins n things. Your vehicle should be lifted, bigger than stock tires and well built. Lockers are definitely a plus. Four wheel vehicles can only go half way. The trail goes down to single track. We encountered a lot of mountain bikes on the trail.

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Aleigha Hayes
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Off Road Driving

Was told to try out off roading here but no thanks. Rock garden

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Ben Madrigal
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Mountain biking

Hands down my favorite trail ever!

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Scott Jagels
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Hiking

Hiked a section in the evening as we were camping near the trailhead. Amazing views of the Colorado River! Would be awesome to bike!

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Tori Teague
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Had a blast on these trails.

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Joseph Goedecke
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Mountain biking

Excellent trail. Brutal uphills starting out, but totally worth it for ~15 miles of downhill awesome riding. Would highly recommend 29er FS for this trail. Worth it to rent an awesome bike and enjoy the ride.

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Logan Moores
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Mountain biking

Amazing trail with great sights. The best trail I have ridden by far!

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Jesse Csincsak
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Camping

Saw photos a friend posted of this place and had to go see it for myself !! We did some hiking here but mostly camping and just taking it all in as its AMAZING !!! A must see !!

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Zb Skinn
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Mountain biking

One of the best if not the best trail I have ever road. This trial combines slick rock type sections with staircase rhythms and sand swept corners all making for a great ride. This trail can be road in many ways but my favorite and recommend is doing just the down hill. Would highly recommend

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Long Luu
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Mountain biking

What can I say about Porcupine Rim that hasn't already been said. Over the summer my friend and I took a cross country road trip / mountain biking trip......We've had Moad on our brains for about a about year and finally we got the chance to make this trip happen. We were not dissapointed with Moab or PR. Some of the most epic rides of the summer happened in Moab! If you visit Moab you have to hit this trail up! Stunning views of the canons, awesome down hill runs....some parts of the trail will have you cruising downhill on a narrow legde with a few hundred feet below you...awesome...awesome...awesome riding!

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Zb Skinn
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Mountain biking

To start out this trail is very physically demanding. And can leave you exhausted for days. This trail is for experienced riders only! Suggestions: Bring lots of water and snacks. Get used to the 105 degree weather and make sure you are willing to let your 4000$ bike get banged up pretty bad. Also expect small drops . Sand and a nice cliff to the side of the single track. Overall: Make sure you and your bike are tip top shApe before you ride

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Rip3d Trails
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Mountain biking

My Experience I am all too familiar with the Porcupine Rim Trail, the first time I did this trail, I was stoked for a whole week. The Porcupine Rim was also nominated as last years Mountain Madness 2008 Best Trail in the USA. This trail is Fantastic, Brutal and Mental, if you or your bike is not 100% in top form, you should give this trail a wide berth!! Highly technical, physically very demanding. Numerous mountain bikers have died on the Porcupine, and when riding it, its easy to see why. But, it is definitely a trail that every serious mountain biker should have on his/ her list of Must Dos Conclusion Up at 7 am, and was on the trail by 8.am. Just like the first time, I love this trail, this time around I felt I was in top form, and I was darting around like a greased whippet with a flea up his arse, then my derailleur hanger broke, and my world came tumbling down. I always carry spares, but by now I was a bit more cautious. The trail is very demanding for both bike and rider, carpets of 15 inch Dragons Teeth pointing in every direction, just waiting to rip you and your bike to pieces. The singletrack section of the Porcupine is where most people get hurt, on this section there is no room for error, and any form of hesitation or last minute change of mind and you will definitely pay the price. Do not attempt the Porcupine Trail if you and your bike is not in Top Shape. But if you and your bike are up for it, you are gonna have one of the best rides you will ever have. Other Info: Traffic on Trail : no one Wild Life : who needs wildlife on a ride like this!? Scenery : Absolutely Fantastic 360 degree 3D Scenery Other : Start early, make sure you and your bike are in top shape. People have died on this trail, DO NOT become a statistic. My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10

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Doug Colbeck
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First to Review

Most people take a shuttle to the trailhead from town (contact any local bike shop about shuttle schedules). Even taking out the significant distance and elevation to the trailhead, this is still a technically and physically challenging ride. But the effort is well worth it. The views at the top of the rim overlooking castle valley are phenominal. The descent down to the Colorado river is fantastic, but will challenge your bike handling ability. The road ride back into town is only a few miles, but not a great way to end the ride, so try to leave a car at the bottom to avoid this boring stretch back into town. Otherwise, be careful as the road is narrow and dangerous due to car and RV traffic.

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Melissa Evans-Glenn
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Mountain biking
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David Porter
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Hiking
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Bob Morrison
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Mountain biking
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Brett Miramon
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Hiking
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Dax Redden
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Hiking
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Drew Horwath
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Hiking
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Ryan McDougal
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Hiking
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Andrew Willard
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Mountain biking
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Matt Wilcox
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Mountain biking
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Kevin Sprague
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Off Road Driving
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Kyle VanZweden
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Hiking
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