Eagle Eye, Hawks Glide, Falcon Flow, Kestrel Run
The Raptor Route is a series of trails in the Sand Flats area east of Moab. While they're technically two-way trails, everybody rides them in the downhill direction, and you should too. Falcon Flow was completed in 2020, Eagle Eye in 2021, and Hawks Glide in 2022. This forms a 10-mile section of downhill singletrack. A 4th section called Kestrel Run is under construction in fall 2023. Running from 7300 feet elevation to 5050, the riding season will be late March through October.
Eagle Eye has a connector at the top to receive riders from the Lower Porcupine Singletrack, and a connector at the bottom for riders who want to drop off the Raptor Route to Porcupine Rim. This adds to the ride possibilities.
For riders who want to turn it into a longer adventure, the nearby Fins 'n Things can be added to your loop or shuttled downhill.
The parking area for the bottom of Falcon Flow is on the Sand Flats Road, 0.3 miles uphill from where lower Falcon Flow returns to the road. This is a good spot to start cranking uphill for your loop.
Porcupine Rim parking
The Porcupine Rim parking area is on your left at mile 6.9 from the entry station, around 1/10th mile beyond the top of Falcon Flow. Hawk's Glide ends here.
There's a shuttle drop on Sand Flats Road at the bottom of Eagle Eye (where it becomes Hawk's Glide) and at the top of Eagle Eye. There are no parking lots above Porcupine.
Hawks Glide is 2.0 miles long, with 700 vertical feet of descending. There's only a tiny bit of climbing, but it comes in short difficult technical bursts. Hawks Glide runs along the ridgeline between Sand Flats Road and the Porcupine Rim trail.
Falcon Flow is the lowest in elevation of the trails and at 5.4 miles is longer than Eagle Eye and Hawk's Glide put together. When descending top-to-bottom, you'll still put in about 450 vertical feet of climbing, most of it on the lower half of the trail. With the up-and-down riding, tackling the trail in the uphill direction will require around 1150 feet of climbing.
Elevation is 5800 feet at the top. The lower end of the trail is at 5100 feet elevation. If you decide to ride the trail as a loop using the Sand Flats Road as your uphill, it's 700 vertical feet of climbing over 2.7 miles.
From the entry station at Sand Flats, drive exactly 4 miles up Sand Flats Road and spot the trailhead on your left. The lower end of Falcon Flow (which is a two-way trail) is on the downhill side of parking. For a loop ride, begin pedaling up the road. About 1.4 mile uphill on the left, there's a second parking area with longer stalls, used by RVs and vehicles with trailers. In 2023, there's a port-a-potty at the parking area.
The upper parking area is 7.0 miles uphill from the Sand Flats entry gate, on your right. There's a pit toilet here. The entry to Porcupine is the broad trail to the left of the road. The singletrack dropping off the steep hill to the east is Hawks Glide. (If you ride it uphill, you'll literally climb the cliffs of the hill in front of you. Which is why east to west is the recommended direction.) The entry to Falcon Flow is 0.1 miles back west. For a loop ride of the upper Raptor Route trails, pedal east on the Sand Flats Road.
Many riders use Sand Flats to create a non-shuttled loop ride. From the lower Falcon Flow parking, it's 2.7 miles to the top of Falcon Flow, then 0.1 mile to the upper parking (which is shared with Porcupine Rim). At mile 2.1 from upper parking, the Porcupine Rim entry is on your left. This is the route to Hawks Glide. To reach Eagle Eye, continue on Sand Flats Road to mile 4.0 (6.8 from lower Falcon Flow). There's a cattleguard across the road with the LPS connector on your left. 50 feet down that connector, Eagle Eye forks left. The overall climbing on the Sand Flats Road will be 1400 from the upper trailhead; 2300 from the lower Falcon Flow trailhead.
Compared to Porcupine Rim and Slickrock, the Raptor Route is fun and quick. A good "intermediate rider's sampler" of Moab riding. The trail sections can be done as quick loop rides, for an awesome "add-on" to a day's riding.
Bathroom: Porcupine Rim TH, lower Falcon Flow TH
Camping: multiple primitive spots throughout the Sand Flats area
The Raptor Route consists of:
Eagle Eye 2.4 miles from Sand Flats Road to Hawks Glide, 2.8 miles from the middle of the LPS to the Porcupine Rim trail
Hawks Glide length 2.0 miles, from lower Eagle Eye to Porcupine Rim parking area
Falcon Flow 5.4 miles, from the entry west of the Porcupine Rim TH to Sand Flats Road parking
Kestrel Run still under construction at the time of this review