- Trail Description:
- Cobble-studded sediments, shale, hardpacked sediments and pavement on jeep trails, singletrack and two-laned roads.
- Best During:
- Mid-June through October
- Trip Distance:
- 15.6 miles (including 6.1 on pavement)
- Ride Time:
- Elevation Gain:
- Trailhead 7,880 - Low 6,490 - High 10,735
- Overall Rating:
- Physically Difficult/Technically Difficult
- You'll probably need your "lucky" chainring to sustain the climb ahead.
- After passing the lake, two spurs (R) access some primitive campsites and the rocky road-turned-trail that passes over to Shuman Gulch and Warner Lake.
- There is one absolute widow maker on the road to Miner's Pass, but once there, you have unrestricted views across Bachelor Basin to Mount Waas, the highest peak in the northern cluster. From the pass, the route dives left onto a shaly switchback, as the dead end spur to the now-decrepit "Bachelor pads" intersecting the perfectly driveable road down to Willow Basin.
- Take the acute spur left onto the singletrack.
- Reach your car where you parked it.
Moab Visitor Information
(801) 259-8825 or (800) 635-6622
US Forest Service Campgrounds
(801) 259-7155 or (800) 280-2267
Mountain Bike Resource - Trails - Miners Basin Ride Summary
The first few miles of this route weave through the bleached, clay hills of a sterile landscape. Upon turning to Little Valley, evidence of life in a renegade band of cottonwood trees earmarks the canyon that is the gateway to a broad, tilted plane of slickrock. When you reach this plane of white rock, you'll find that it is jointed and fissured, a fact that actually limits and makes easier the route finding across open rock. Cairns are often in place to mark the route ahead. After gaining a soil roadbed, the route nearly doubles back on itself as it climbs up to the Miners Basin proper.
Directions To Trailhead
About 16.6 miles north of Moab (Main x Center Streets) on Highway 191 (0.4 mile north of mile marker 142 and just before a concrete embanked bridge), a dirt spur right passes through a fenceline. This is the (unposted) trailhead.
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