“Not all slickrock is created equally.” Bartlett Wash lies on the northern fringe of Canyon Country, beyond which the colorful sandstones dissipate to bleak and hopelessly unproductive sagebrush plains and shallow, charcoal-colored washes. The slickrock along this route is a member (or subdivision) of the Entrada Sandstone, which on the whole forms the wonderful creations that give Arches National Park its name. Here, the gray, tan, and salmon-hued Entrada delights the eye with both soft color and smooth form. Compared to the Slickrock Bike Trail, which rolls over ecologically older and stratigraphically lower Navajo Sandstone, Bartlett Wash might be likened to riding on fine sandpaper rather than coarse sandpaper. Still, Bartlett’s abbreviated, but wavelike, expanse of barren sandstone provides hours of mountain bike gymnastics.
--excerpts from trails.com
This trail was added on by an RMBB member and was last updated on 2/20/2011 by an RMBB member.
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