The Baby Steps Loop is a classic ride in the Klondike Bluffs mountain bike trail system . It was the first addition to the old Klondike Cliffs doubletrack route. Newer trail options mean that fewer bikers are doing the classic loop -- which includes a dirt road on the back side of the bluff. The Baby Steps trail features some long stretches of slickrock riding, narrow desert singletrack, and fun boulder-rocking downhill singletrack.
This first uphill part of the Baby Steps singletrack can also be used as a longer, more technical climb to Klondike Bluffs . Elevation change for that ride is 900 feet. There's some up-and-down on the singletrack. The trip to Klondike and back via Baby Steps is about 14 miles, 12 if you descend via the official Klondike Bluffs trail.
Baby Steps itself takes you 1/2 mile uphill on doubletrack (to the point where the Sidestep/Instep route rejoins). Fork right on the singletrack. When the singletrack drops onto sandstone marked with white hash-marks, turn left (right connects to Klondike Bluffs ). The trail will now alternate between rock and doubletrack.
Baby Steps will rejoin the
trail, then continue straight uphill as Klondike Bluffs turns east
(right). If you decide to pay a visit to Klondike Bluffs, it's about a mile to the Arches National Park
border. You'll have to leave
your bike at the park boundary and hike a
half-mile hike to the overlook.
To continue with the Baby Steps Loop, grind up and over the hill. Drop down a steep descent toward a broad valley. At the dirt-road intersection on the valley bottom, turn left.
Hop on the Baby Steps North singletrack and get ready for a great ride. Navigation is straightforward: go down. The trail rocks and rolls over sandstone outcrops in the Salt Wash formation.
0.0 From upper parking, east over cattleguard
N38 46.417 W109 42.735
0.8 Fork left on DT Copper Ridge Road
N38 46.997 W109 43.072
1.7 Fork R on ST Baby Steps South
N38 47.545 W109 43.603
Climb through slickrock area
2.1 Straight uphill (EKG crosses)
Option = Sidestep North
N38 47.741 W109 43.285
2.2 Stay in wash (R = Sidestep S)
N38 47.832 W109 43.171
2.6 Trail veers R, N 38° 48.02' W 109° 42.88'
3.5 Slickrock, fork L following marks
N38 47.958 W109 42.584
(R = connect to Klondike)
3.9 L on ST, N 38° 48.28' W 109° 42.69'
5.1 Back at DT, fork L
N 38° 48.41' W 109° 42.77'
5.3 Straight (L = UFO)
N38 48.502 W109 42.903
N38 48.578 W109 42.373
6.2 Keep straight N38 48.656 W109 42.260
6.6 Keep R and descend
N38 48.817 W109 42.085
6.8 Fork L in valley N38 48.811 W109 41.871
8.2 Fork L and climb hill N38 49.310 W109 43.045
8.8 Top of hill, R on DT (L = Little Salty)
N38 49.102 W109 43.371
9.9 Fork L onto ST downhill (St = Mega Steps)
N38 49.480 W109 43.797
10.8 Cross EKG, keep straight
N38 48.964 W109 44.612
11.1 Fork L on DT Copper Ridge Rd
N38 48.804 W109 44.837
12.1 Straight (L= Little Salty)
N38 48.180 W109 44.195
13.0 Straight (L=Baby Steps)
N38 47.545 W109 43.603
13.9 Stay R on DT N38 46.997 W109 43.072
14.7 Back at parking
GPS Track Files:
Baby Steps Loop
Baby Steps up, Klondike down.
Altered Baby Steps Loop w UFO bypass
GPX Klondike Area all trails
High-res topo maps for printing: View Klondike area
Lodging, camping, shops: Links to Moab area resources
Bathrooms: Dino Tracks TH
Chilkoot TH: 1.2 miles from the highway as the road is heading east toward the bluff, the Chilkoot trailhead is on your right.
Agate TH: Go a bit past the fenced parking area then fork right on a fainter jeep road at N38 49.103 W109 46.061. (The main road continues to the dinosaur tracks, with an alternate trailhead here for the Dino Flow trail.) At mile 1.6 from the highway, you'll come to the TH for the Jasper and Agate loops (N38 49.087 W109 45.625) on your right.
Mega Steps TH: Continuing past the Agate TH, at 2.0 miles you're at the bottom of Mega Steps at a larger parking area N38 49.179 W109 45.417.
Dinosaur Tracks TH: At the trail fork at mile 1.2, keep left on the main road toward the dinosaur tracks. About 1/2 mile further, turn to the right into the parking area. The Dino Flow trail is up against the mountain, to the left of the pit toilet.