Sovereign

Total Miles
2.3

Elevation

1,479.66 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Winter, Fall

Trail Overview

This segment of the Sovereign Single Track is full of fun desert features and challenges. On the north end, it leaves from the intersection with Motherload and starts by squeezing through several rock pinches on top of the mesa between giant rock slabs. This is tricky because it's a tight turn through the rock pinch with a bit of exposure, followed by a very tight hairpin to drop off the mesa. This section has difficult rock ledges that would be even more difficult if wet or muddy. After dropping off the mesa and crossing a dirt road, the trail turns into a long sustained section of flat slab rock, where you have to follow the signposts on the slab. Watch out for big dips in between the slab into the sand. It turns back into a windy dirt trail between the bushes and boulders atop these desert mesas, dipping in and out of washes. It crosses the Copper Ridge Route Jeep road and continues southeast. The next section climbs back up the mesas, side-hilling across the dirt hills right on the rim, with lots of loose rocks and embedded rocks. It has some exposure as you go right next to big boulders on the edge that you have to squeeze past, and some moderate rock ledges. The trail comes to an intersection with the Salt Wash Trail and Junction 6 of Sovereign. You can go north to drop down a one-way advanced section of the Salt Wash Trail or continue southeast on this trail past Junction 6. The southernmost segment of this trail rides atop the mesa, on a mix of dirt and embedded slab next to pinyon bushes, with long stretches of slab slickrock and small drop-offs/stair steps.

Difficulty

Overall this trail is a more difficult intermediate trail because it has frequent features that can be difficult for the less advanced rider, but also has some easier sections in between.

Technical Rating

6

Status Reports

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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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