Sidestep North

One-way Distance: 0.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Skill level:
Elevation: 4795 - 4988 feet
Cellphone: 0-4 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Klondike Bluffs
Fee: none
Attractions: Short connector trail

The Sidestep North trail is in the Klondike Bluffs Area north of Moab, Utah. The trail begins on its lower end off of the EKG trail and extends up the mountain for almost a mile to where it ends at the north branch of a singletrack section of the Baby Steps Loop. Near the upper end of the trail is another connector called the Instep trail that reaches over to the Baby Steps South and Baby Steps South Singletrack trails.

The Sidestep North trail begins at the point where the EKG trail intersects the Baby Steps South trail. One way to get to that point is to follow the route from either the Klondike Bluffs or Mega Steps trailheads to the Baby Steps South trail and ascend it to the EKG trail. The distance from the Klondike Bluffs trailhead is 2.17 miles.

The trail starts out with a slickrock mound to huff it over.

Later it picks up some red dirt as it courses in and out of a small valley.

A spur trail that reconnects with Baby Steps comes up at the 0.13 mile point.

From there it climbs to another valley with more red dirt.

And that is followed by a big stretch of slickrock with an occasional dirt patch.

As the trail levels off it passes the beginning of the Instep trail.

And at the 0.8 mile point the Sidestep North trail comes to an end at a singletrack section of the Baby Steps Loop. From here you can take a right turn and come out on the Baby Steps South trail where you can either head back downhill or make your way over to the Klondike Bluff Road. The left fork is an excellent choice to get over to the UFO trail where you can head downhill from there. For us, we doubled back to the Instep trail and rode it along with a couple of others. The Sidestep North trail is a good alternative to the standard Baby Steps South route. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.