Inside Passage

Round Trip Distance: 0.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Skill level: 
Elevation: 4628 - 4677 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: Klondike Bluffs
Fee: none
Attractions: Handy connector

The Inside Passage trail is located in the Klondike Bluffs Mountain Biking Area north of Moab, Utah. The trail provides an alternate route from the Klondike Bluffs main trailhead that bypasses the sandy wash that the Klondike Buff Road travels through. Following the Klondike theme for naming trails the Inside Passage refers to the sea route through the Pacific coastal islands between Washington state and Alaska.

The trail departs through a gate at the northwest corner of the parking area. (I beleive that makes it the 'Northwest Passage' which is through the Arctic Ocean. sorry, bad joke)

The trail heads out from the parking area toward a small ridge that it crosses enroute to its other end.

A boulder field adds a few tight turns to the route.

Someone etched a cute petroglyph of a mountain biker flying by his handlebars with his little dog faithfully following along.

Once through the boulder area the trail begins its gradual ascent over the ridge.

From the ridge the sloping hills of the mountain biking bliss they call the Klondike Bluffs Area is stretched out along the horizon.

Here is another passage for you that goes right between a couple of house sized boulders.

The trail comes to an end in the 'hard as rock' and 'dry as a bone' flats above the sandy wash. Another alternate mountain biking route connects from the right while the main trail continues to the left where it passes the south end of the Jurassic trail before finally crossing the wash to the Dino-Flo and other area trails. The slideshow that follows includes photos that show the Inside Passage trail in both directions. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.