Salt Wash Single Track

Total Miles
4.1

Elevation

1,475.16 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

7

Difficult

Best Time

Winter, Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

The Salt Wash Single Track is a 4.2-mile advanced difficulty single track in the Sovereign Trail system. The northernmost 0.2 miles north of the intersection with Sovereign is an extremely difficult section that is marked as directional, from south to north. Hill climbing north to south is not allowed to prevent erosion. This directional section drops down a series of rock ledges and tight switchbacks through a rock pinch that is pretty steep and technical. The other 4 miles of trail are also quite difficult. From the northern intersection with Sovereign, the trail goes south with lots of difficult features such as rock ledges, loose climbs up the mesas, up and over embedded slickrock faces, tight turns, and exposure around the rims of the mesas. There are often paint markings on the slickrock to follow. The trail crosses the intersection with Link 5, which is an easy connector that will take you to the south end of Sovereign. After Link 5, there are several harder sections full of rock ledges and tight hairpin turns to drop off the mesa. It also crosses Link 4 which you can take west to east to access another segment of Sovereign and Lawson's Ledge. As you continue south after Link 4, several more advanced sections with rock pinches, rock ledges, and loose dirt are rated the most extreme in the trail system. There are often tricky obstacles to get on or off the top of each mesa at each climb/descent. Watch out for exposed cliff sections on the slickrock. Overall this is a really fun trail that goes through a diverse desert landscape with a variety of features and challenges and makes a great loop with Sovereign and Cedar Mountain.

Difficulty

This is an advanced trail due to frequent advanced obstacles all throughout the trail including rock ledges, switchbacks, rock pinches, and cliff exposure.

Technical Rating

7

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Access Description

The Sovereign Trails Area is an extensive trail system north of Moab with several single tracks and ATV trails, mostly of intermediate or advanced difficulty. The system is most easily accessed off of Willow Springs Road or Dalton Wells Road. Most of the trail system can be ridden over the course of a couple days. You'll likely share the trails with mountain bikers. The trails are best in spring, fall, and winter, as the area is extremely hot in the summer.

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