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View Results: Rate the White Rim Trail for Difficulty.
1 5 14.71%
2 11 32.35%
3 13 38.24%
4 3 8.82%
5 1 2.94%
6 1 2.94%
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:23 PM   #16
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Very enjoyable ride. Not at all difficult, but the sights are amazing.

Somewhere around 1/2 way I stopped and talked to a guy in a brand new pickup. He was eager to get off. I think it rattled the truck more than he expected.
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:54 AM   #17
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I rode it in 2005 on a new KLR650 with stock tires. I was (and ain't now) a real experienced dirt rider. I found it challenging and was pretty tired by the end. However, it was a great ride, one that I will never forget. I spent a week riding the area with friends and thought the whole area was awesome. If you are a dual sport rider, Moab is something you want to do at least once in your life.

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Old 07-30-2014, 06:16 AM   #18
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I rode it last May on my 690r. The group I was with were on KLRs. We didn't see too much sand, just one short run. It was amazing scenery. Not too hard, but I would recommend decent tires.


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Old 07-30-2014, 08:19 AM   #19
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I still forget about stream crossings, but if someone says it's there, it's there.
Water crossing would be more accurate. Where we ran into water this spring was a low sandy stretch where the Green River was up above the trail by a little over a foot and maybe 20' wide. It may not be there at lower water levels.

Edit: the water of unknown depth, deep sand, and a bit of a ledge on the far side made it a "I wonder how this is gonna turn out?" affair but gas it and go for it was all it took to get through.

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Old 07-30-2014, 08:44 AM   #20
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The difficulty of any trail is subjective due to experience level. The WRT for my fiance who grew up riding motorcycles is a 1 (like Rob1313, he can ride almost anything and make it look easy, no matter the bike or the tires). For someone like me with a lot less experience on a bigger bike it would be a 3 or 4. The 4 would come in during the really dry seasons when the sand becomes deep and more like silt than sand. The 3 would be in normal conditions where you have some sand, some rocks, but a lot of distance to cover.

On a little bike, like my 350, it is more of a 2 for someone with my experience level, with some elements pushing to a low 3 just due to stamina required and a few sections that can cause problems for a less experienced rider.

There are others with less experience than I have who have had bad crashes on parts of the WRT and have had to be evacuated and say they will never try it again.

So, as you can see, it really is all about experience and skill level.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:48 AM   #21
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All relative to what you've ridden before. Rode it this June and it was my first attempt at off-pavement with steep climbs/decends and large rocks. There were only a couple of sections that caused a little butt pucker.

I rated it a 3 overall for my experience level and the biggest scare for me were the cliffs as I'm a little afraid of heights so I had a fear of losing control and going over the edge so I took it slow....but not as slow as my other 2 riding buddies.

After Moab we spent 5 days in Ouray CO and going up Engineer Passs was much more technical than WRT.

I planned on selling the DR even before we left for the trip and I replaced it with a KTM 690. I'm only 5'7" with a 29" inseam so the heavier DR was a little bit of a chore for me whereas my buddies are much taller guys and were both on lighter bikes.....a TE630 and X-Challange.

If I was going back to the WRT for a second run on DR I'd give it a 2 and if on the 690 maybe a 1.5?

It really is all about one's experience level.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:08 PM   #22
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what a great ride it is.
Man, that spot looks familiar!



Awesome ride, well worth doing. Exposed, but not too difficult.
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:18 PM   #23
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My experience is similar to most everyone else's. I've done it on a KLR and a 990. I wouldn't consider myself a "great" off road rider, but I thought that most of it was very easy, except, of course, for the sand. The second time I did it on a 990, the areas down by the river were deep sand and it just sucked, but most of the trail is just fantastic.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:25 PM   #24
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Agree with majority of the info posted in this thread but Moab area is a horribly boring ugly place. Don't know why anyone would want to go there (just kidding).

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Link to a trip report/photos from 4 days spent in the Moab area a couple of years ago (if you're bored and want to kill a few minutes). My ride was a DRZ400E.

http://www.clubdbsa.org/forums/showt...nyonlands-Area
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:22 PM   #25
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Thx for the link, great photos

Yep, sux fer sure.

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Old 08-08-2014, 07:47 PM   #26
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Bump.

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:10 PM   #27
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:31 PM   #28
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sand sucked, heat sucked. scenery and night sky were awesome
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