Captain Ahab

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  4.6 from 43 votes
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Rank: #1 in the Moab area
#2 in UT, #7 Overall
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May 13 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Moab,
“Steep, technical, fast and fun. An excellent trail built specifically for mountain biking.”
DJ Nechrony on May 7, 2013
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4.26.7 milesKilometers 326’99 m Ascent 4,898’1,493 m High 6% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -981’-299 m Descent 4,034’1,230 m Low 23% Max Grade (13°)
Restrictions
This trail is a directional downhill trail. Ride up HyMasa Trail or the Amasa Back road to access the top end start.
Overview
0:45 average time for 4.2 miles. Details

Description
This is an outstanding new singletrack along the rim below the iconic Amasa Back 4x4 trail. It's a very well built, thoughtful and challenging trail.

The top end starts with an easy climb that continues from HyMasa Trail. The views of Jackson Hole and Canyonlands are outstanding.

A big rock drop will mark the start of the descent. The upper half of the trail is designed for longer travel bikes and riders who enjoy technical descending. There are plenty of options to avoid most of the larger drops, so you can make it as hard as you want. After the first series of descents and rollouts, Captain Ahab contours a bit with some short punchy climbs and drops.

The lower half of the route drops into tight singletrack nesteled above Kane Creek. This part of the route is fast and exciting with some exposure along the cliff edges. It's has good flow and very little in the way of climbing.

The final stretch of Captain Ahab drops down through a spicy rock garden before rolling out to the Amasa Back / Cliffhanger road.

*Note: If you're looking for a shorter route or want to avoid the more technical upper sections, there is a bypass at 3.3 miles into the HyMasa Trail climb.
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PHOTOS of Captain Ahab
  5.0 from 8 votes
Captain Ahab has some amazing views west towards Canyonlands. (Moab, UT)
  4.8 from 8 votes
Building (and riding!) Captain Ahab (Moab, UT)
  4.8 from 6 votes
One of the many thrilling technical challenges on the Captain Ahab trail. (Moab, UT)
  4.7 from 7 votes
The final stretch of Captain Ahab is rowdy, fast and fun. (Moab, UT)
  4.6 from 5 votes
The lower reaches of Captain Ahab are neatly tucked into the slickrock a... (Moab, UT)
  4.5 from 2 votes
Having a blast with a little technical drop. (Moab, UT)
  4.3 from 3 votes
The are plenty of slickrock rollovers, both big and small, on Captain Ahab. (Moab, UT)
  4.0 from 3 votes
There's some serious exposure along sections of Ahab, but it's hard NOT ... (Moab, UT)
  4.0 from 2 votes
Taken somewhere on lower Hymasa.... (Moab, UT)
  4.0 from 1 vote
A wide rolling drop. (Moab, UT)
  3.8 from 4 votes
Shelf drop on lower Captain Ahab Trail. (Moab, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Will sending it near the bottom of Ahab. (Moab, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Amasa Back, with Kane Springs Canyon, Moab Rim, Mt. Tuk, & other La Sals. (Moab, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Riders on Captain Ahab...can you beat this terrain? (Moab, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Just past Hymasa/Ahab intersection overlooking potash evaporation ponds (Moab, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Another fun roller on Captain Ahab (Moab, UT)
  3.5 from 4 votes
Stabilized GoPro video of Hymasa - Captain Ahab October 25, 2015 (Moab, UT)
  3.0 from 3 votes
New and old friends taking in the awesome views on Captain Ahab (Moab, UT)