Coney Islands

Rating: 
One-way Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
MTB Skill level: 
Elevation: 5130 - 5613 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 1 hr. 15 mins.
Trailhead: Big Lonely/Coney Island junction
Fee: none
Attractions: Scenic views




The Coney Island trail is located north of Moab, Utah in the Navajo Rocks Mountain Bike Area. The 3 mile long trail connects to the Big Lonely trail on it west end and travels east above Seven Mile Canyon where it connects to the Rocky Tops trail. To make the sandy sections of the upper end of the trail manageable it should be ridden in the counterclockwise direction. The trail can be combined with the Big Mesa and Big Lonely trails to make a loop that is about 10.4 miles.


Profile


The Coney Island trail begins along an unnamed double track at the point it is contacted by the Big Lonely trail about a half mile from Highway 313.


The first 1.3 miles follows an old double track.


The downhill slope makes the loose sections much more manageable.


The single track portion of the trail begins at the 1.35 mile point.


Like other trails in the area it alternates between slickrock and dirt.


Looking ahead the various benches that the trail steps down are laid out before you.


The trail becomes much more interesting the further it progresses.


From various high points along the trail the scenery is nothing short of amazing.


After 3.1 miles the trail comes to an end at its junction with the Rocky Tops trail. Parking is available in this area but a 4-wheel drive vehicles is advised to get here. From here you can continue on the Rocky Tops trail or take the road out to Highway 313. It is about 7 tenths of a mile from here to the Wipeout Hill trailhead.


Camping in the area is restricted to designated spots only. The closest campsites are the Lone Mesa group site on the Mineral Bottom Road and the BLM Horsethief Campground further south off of Highway 313. If you would like to camp at Dead Horse Point State Park, where they have running water and electrical hookups, be sure to make reservations in advance. For this post we began here at Wipeout Hill and road the Big Mesa, Big Lonely, Coney Island loop. It probably took about 4 hours all total but that was with taking about 400 pictures. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.