Exploring the heart of Moab, Utah, the Horsethief Trail System unveils a sophisticated network of loops and trails, placing itself between the well-known Navajo Rocks, 7 Up, and Mag 7.
- Distance: 15 mi
- Level: Easy
- Route Type: Network
- City: Moab
- State: Utah
Overview of the Trails
The Horsethief Trail System encapsulates multiple loop variations and boasts of the distinctive 7-mile point-to-point Chisholm Trail. Its strategic placement acts as a bridge between some of Moab's popular cycling spots.
The trail system is located in Moab, Utah, marking its presence distinctively amongst other renowned trails.
- Trail Character: While the singletracks are competent, some riders feel that Horsethief might not match the brilliance of other Moab trails. Its ledgy rocks provide an exciting touch but might not make it a front-runner in the Moab trail race.
- Trail Quality and Conditions: The trail system, in its entirety, is now open to the public. A counter-clockwise loop encompassing a significant part of the system reveals some sections that are yet to firm up. A bit of moisture and frequent cycling might just be what they need to become more compact. Perhaps the upcoming winter might just be the panacea for these softer parts.
- Trail Experience for Intermediate Riders: This trail system seems to be a treasure for intermediate riders. The elevation changes are moderate, and the good news is that most of the trail segments can be tackled without the need to dismount and push the bike. In other words, there's very little hike-a-bike. The trail system also scores high on signposting, offering detailed maps and clear trail names at each juncture. A general observation reveals a decline in elevation when moving eastward. So, when heading out westward, be prepared for a climb.
- Flow and Navigation: The essence of a good flow can be felt throughout the trails. Commending the Moab trail builders becomes inevitable when experiencing the fluidity of these trails. This set, especially with its trail markings, is definitely a delight for riders craving a smooth ride.
For those intermediate riders with an inclination towards uninterrupted flow, the Horsethief Trail System offers an impeccable experience. While it might not steal the show in the vast repertoire of Moab's trails, it surely stands as a testament to quality trail construction and smooth ride experience.