So many bike trails in Moab, so little time. Today we were out on Navajo Rocks, on the road up to Canyonlands NP. Navajo Rocks trail system has 6 trails with about 18 miles of trail. It's best to do the trail as a figure 8 starting in the middle. That way the descends are really nice.
The whole figure 8 is a lot to do in one day especially if it's hot. This time we did the eastern side, consisting of Big Mesa, Big Lonely, and Coney Islands. Big Mesa is a nice way to start out, with really nice scenery and the huge mesa towering over us.
Our group for the ride consisted of Jim and I, with friends Bill, Marty, Trevor and Frank too! We were all pretty equal riders so we could stay together and weave through the single track. There were a few tricky sections on this intermediate trail, but after a do-over or two we could all make it up and over.
Big Lonely is truly lonely, out in the middle of the flat sagebrush, although it does have a couple of the steepest climbs of the whole trail on it. To finish off the day we bombed down Coney Islands, which (if ridden as a descent) is a really fast cool ride through some pretty interesting rock formations.