The Agate Trail is a superb beginner-friendly mountain biking trail in the Klondike Bluffs biking area north of Moab. Named for the colorful Agate rocks that line the route, this trail consists of east and west trail sections that are most commonly combined to form a 1.6 mile loop. With just enough ups and downs to keep it interesting, this is a great trail for beginners to build confidence on before graduating to more difficult trails in the area. This trail is suitable for most children and adults.
The Agate Trail begins on Copper Ridge Road in the North Klondike Bluffs area. To reach the trailhead from Moab, UT:
- Drive north on Hwy 191 for 22.5 miles.
- Turn right at the signed junction for “North Klondike Trails.”
- Continue on the gravel road for 1.1 miles to the Chilkoot Pass Trailhead.
- Bear right at the fork in the road near the Chilkoot Pass Trailhead onto the Copper Ridge Road.
- Continue 0.5 miles to the trailhead on the right.
The Agate Trail can also be reached by parking at the Chilkoot Pass Trailhead and riding the short Chilkoot Pass Trail to the start of the the Agate Trail.
The Agate Loop can be ridden in either direction, but for this trail guide we’ll ride in a clockwise loop. From the trailhead, begin riding down the Midline trail for .15 miles to the start of Agate East. The trail climbs gently as you traverse a ridge overlooking Little Valley and the Copper Ridge Road to the east. The La Sal Mountains rise upward in the distance as the more immediate and colorful rocks of Klondike Bluffs decorate the foreground.
Keep riding as the trail winds through several small drainages before a quick descent to a 4-way junction. At this point the Agate East trail meets the Agate West trail while crossing over the Midline Trail that you started on. Each junction is signed with a trail map making navigation easy.
Continue riding straight onto the Agate West Trail and up a short slope along a steep, rocky hillside. Once you reach the top of this climb, it’s almost all downhill back to the trailhead. Frequent winding turns and fun dips are sure to put a smile on your face. Total round trip distance for the loop is approximately 1.6 miles. If you’re up for more, take another lap or keep riding on one of the many nearby trails.
- Stay on designated trails.
- Keep tires on trail surface while leaning out to let other riders pass.
- Clean up after pets.
- Pack out all trash.
Mountain biking can be a dangerous activity. Ensure your equipment is properly maintained and appropriate for the terrain. Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear including a helmet.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.