Great trip, highly recommend. This route is strenuous, not for beginners. The first night and next day my group all suffered from a little altitude sickness. We are from southern California at about sea level. We lucked out and had good weather but if it had not I doubt the trip would have been enjoyable. A warning for anyone going on this trip. On the 5th day, the route to the paradox valley hut. The directions are a little off and we ended up lost out in the desert for hours, running out of water trying frantically to find the trail down the mountain. In order to reach the cattle trail we had to follow the main road till it dead ended at the cliffs over looking the town of Bedrock and the Dolores river, turn around 180 degrees and head 300 yards north east-ish, to the left, a red sandy, rocking easy to miss cattle trail. To find the nasty little “hike a bike” trail down the mountain you also have to push your bike threw a lot of bushes and crap to get to the start of it, this can be confusing because the rest of the directions are pretty spot on. The trail is very hard to find unless you know where to look, and when we were there, there was no tracks to follow and nothing marking where the trail would be. The trail can be treacherous if not careful, full of loose sharp, steep rocks. The woman who runs the bedrock store at the bottom of the trail, told us stories of last season when a bunch of mountain bikers came down from this trail with broken bikes and broken bones. The group ahead of us did not find the trail at all and never made it to the paradox hut. My advice for anyone taking the Durango to Moab route is to skip the cattle “hike a bike” section on day five going towards the paradox hut and take the alternate route to the highway 90. That way seems safer and easier to find, and the road traffic didn’t seem to be as bad as the directions had warned, it’s the middle of nowhere and there was very few cars headed down the road. Aside from the bad directions on day 5 going towards the paradox valley hut, the trip was great.
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