This is a great alternative to one of the Dead Horse Ultra routes if you want to see the spectacular sites of Moab, but don't have time for a 30K/50K/50M. The easy-to-navigate loop takes you across rolling slick rock, silky singletrack, and a few light technical sections. Enjoy views of Monitor and Merrimack, the La Sals, and, and a big open desert. The trail is well-marked and navigation is a cinch. The trail is 100% possible to run.
Need to Know
There are a few stretches of slick rock that are incredibly off-camber. If you have ankle or achilles issues, you'll need to slow it down in these sections.
While you can run this either direction, most people enjoy running it clockwise, so you go down Ramblin', rather than up it. It's a fun descent, and while mellow, it might be a slog going up.
This is a fast run, and completely runnable—although, a few stretches of slickrock are ankle-biters so some (myself included) may choose to walk on those spots.
Take Highway 313 to the main Navajo Rocks parking lot (second big lot on your right if coming from town). Begin your run on Ramblin' Trail
, which consists primarily of rolling slickrock and a gentle descent (you'll have a few bumps in there). Enjoy the views of Monitor and Merrimack for 3.5 miles, at the end of which you hit a parking lot.
Cross the highway here and continue on the trail, which is now named Rocky Tops
. Rocky Tops
is a mixture of slickrock and hard-pack singletrack that will take you along ledges, up slight climbs, and eventually down a steep series of switchbacks to some smoother, tamer trail. You won't hit a junction until about 7.8 miles—stay on Rocky Tops
through this junction for another 0.2 miles.
At this point, you'll hit another junction for 7-Up
or Coney Flats. Take the Coney Flats route for approximately another 0.25 miles until you hit the junction for Middle Earth
. Take a sharp right onto Middle Earth
for your 0.5 miles home. Enjoy some interesting rock formations and a smooth singletrack until you hit the highway and complete your loop!
Shared By: Amanda Simpson