Deadman's Ridge

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  4.7 from 6 votes
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Rank: #2 in the Moab Brand Trails area
#39 in UT, #1,508 Overall
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Trail in the area near Moab,
“A relentless challenging route; a tech riding dream.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Apr 29, 2013
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3.35.4 milesKilometers 424’129 m Ascent 4,810’1,466 m High 6% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -577’-176 m Descent 4,516’1,376 m Low 27% Max Grade (15°)
0:15 average time for 1.0 miles. Details

Deadman's Ridge is an unrelenting test of riding technical trails. While it's not 'stupid' technical, it will challenge your slow speed balance and pedaling endurance.

Deadman's is found on the southern end of the Bar M trails, connecting to Lazy and EZ to the north and Long Branch and Bar-B to the south.

From the Moab Canyon Paved Path, access to Deadman's Ridge starts on a doubletrack across from Rusty Spur. Ride west, climbing a bit and winding around to the start of the trail which will be to your right.

The initial climb to get on the lower ridge is not steep and rolls along singletrack and slickrock. The route ramps up a bit from here, climbing steadily to a high point on the trail. It's worth taking a break here to enjoy the 360 degree views, including an incredible look into Arches National Park.

The route from here climbs and descends several times to the Bar-B intersection. The grades aren't steep but the trail is technical with lots of dancing up-and-over rocks. Stay right at the Bar-B intersection to continue on Deadman's.

After another down and up, Deadman's intersects Bar-B again. From here there's a rare smooth and flowy section descending to Long Branch. Stay right to finish the trail with a steep descent to the Moab Canyon Paved Path.
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PHOTOS of Deadman's Ridge
  4.0 from 3 votes
Great sign at the Bar-B trail junction. (Moab, UT)
  3.8 from 4 votes
Enjoy the smooth sections of Deadman's, there are few and far between. (Moab, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Nice views along a more mellow section of Deadman's Ridge Trail. (Moab, UT)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Looking west towards Gemini Bridges from a high point on Deadman's (Moab, UT)
  3.3 from 4 votes
Deadman's view (Moab, UT)
  3.0 from 4 votes
Lazy Trail. (Moab, UT)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Deadman's descent (Moab, UT)