Riders seeking a well-rounded cycling experience in Moab, Utah, won't be disappointed with Mega Steps, a pivotal part of the Klondike Bluffs system. This trail offers cyclists the unique thrill of navigating through diverse terrains while soaking in panoramic views of the Salt Valley and the famed Arches N.P.
Setting out from the trailhead, cyclists are met with a brief sandy stretch leading onto the iconic slickrock. A steady climb ensues, taking riders over slickrock expanses and winding singletracks, all the way up to a ridge. From here, the experience is heightened with a journey through pine forests, interspersed with large boulders, with the Salt Valley and Arches N.P. providing a picturesque backdrop.The trail infrastructure of the Klondike Bluffs system adopts an innovative marking approach — painted lines on the slickrock. Riders can easily identify their path with the color-coded system:
Mega Steps' start is characterized by a series of rolling rock ribs, clearly marked with green paint. Although all sections are rideable, the journey across this terrain is slow and may feel a tad jarring. As the trail meanders between dirt singletracks and slickrock patches, it culminates at a viewpoint atop the bluff, giving a sweeping view of the Salt Valley, with Arches National Park in the distance.
For those looking to access the trail, head north of Moab on highway 191 to mile 148.5. A right turn onto a smaller road (which was unsigned as of 10/11) followed by a mile-long journey and another right will take riders to the parking. For those looking to start at the Mega Steps trailhead, they can continue for another 0.7 miles on the Copper Ridge 4x4 road.
Mega Steps, with its distinct terrains and breathtaking vistas, proves to be a challenging yet delightful experience for avid cyclists, reinforcing Moab's position as a mountain biking haven.