While in Utah, we had the opportunity to longboard on the beautiful Moab Canyon Pathway trail.
We parked at the Lion’s Park Transit Hub which is about a mile North of Moab on Route 191 at the junction of Route 128. At the hub there was a large parking lot, bathrooms, and picnic tables. The park at the trailhead has some great playgrounds and also some awesome boulders to rock climb on.
The Colorado River is near the Hub and the trail starts going over the river on a really cool iron bridge.
You can take the Moab Canyon Trail approximately 28 miles running North out of Moab. The trail runs parallel to Route 191 for part of the distance and veers away for a portion of it.
The trail is a very smooth and very scenic path through the desert and canyons of Moab. The trail has substantial changes in elevation along the way, from mile marker six to one there is a 600 ft change in elevation.
We found ourselves kicking uphill and against the wind for quite a while, which made it dangerously fast on the way back down.
The trail parallels Route 191 and then intersects with the entrance to Arches National Park. The road going up into Arches National Park looks like a downhill crazy adventure. Not for me, but I know there are some daredevils out there who would love to bomb that hill.
After the park entrance, the trail continues for about 11 miles through beautiful canyons and red rocks.
There are multiple opportunities to extend the trail length which would require skating on roads. These extensions can take you toward Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse State Park or where the path ends near the junction of Route 313 there is the Gemini Bridges Trailhead. There are hiking and mountain biking opportunities right off of the path as well. This trail has a decent amount of cyclist traffic with downhill grades and speed limits posted.
There are a few hiking opportunities right off of the trail. We stopped at one of the trails called the Killer B Trail. The trail was cool, with a fun climb to some nice views of this beautiful area.
After the hike we decided it was time to head home. This is a beautiful and smooth trail with many fun downhill sections.
The trail is fun but it can also be dangerous because of the possible speed gain.
On our way back, we had the opportunity to witness the Death Wobble first hand. While gaining speed downhill, there is an area where the pavement transitions and results in a sideways dip in the path which initiated the death wobble for Katie. The hill was not extremely steep but it continued quite a distance. There was no chance of recovery from this death wobble. The momentum from the downhill speed ripped holes through a hoodie, long sleeve shirt, and her elbow. Her knee took the brunt of the force and the impact left her knee swollen and bruised for weeks.
I would recommend this trail to anybody who enjoys longboarding long distances. Taking this trail uphill is definitely a workout. If you can, I would suggest alternating your kicking leg. There are a few spots on this trail that require dismounting your board for cattle guards and asphalt cracks.
If you have had a similar experience with the death wobble please feel free to pick up a Death Wobble or Road Rash shirt from our Lost Coast Longboarding shop to help support us and what we are doing here at The Lost Longboarder.
We will be posting more of our Utah adventures in the upcoming weeks! Click HERE to check out our awesome longboard adventure in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. Or you can click HERE to read about our hiking adventures in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. If you have any questions about this longboard adventure please feel free to leave your comments in the comment section below! Thanks for your support!