“Long distance, ledgy, fast and fun; a premiere ride in Moab.”
— Leslie Kehmeier on May 8, 2013
OverviewThe Magnificent 7 trails are part of the exciting singletrack renaissance in Moab. The area features a network of trails that link the upper and lower ends of Gemini Bridges Road and can be ridden as a point-to-point with a shuttle or as different loops.
The Mag 7 - Bull Run, Great Escape, Little Canyon point-to-point ride is a ledgy, fast and fun experience that includes a stint on Gemimni Bridges Road.
Need To KnowThe ride is done as a point-to-point from the upper end of Gemini Bridges Road at Hwy 313. It minimizes climbing and maximizes the downhill fun.
Numerous shuttle companies operate in Moab, so hitching a ride is as easy as making a reservation and slapping down some cash.
There are a few options for getting back to Moab:
- Park a vehicle at the Gemini Bridges Trailhead on Hwy 191
- Park a vehicle at the Courthouse Wash Trailhead on Hwy 191 (just south of the Arches National Park entrance)
- Ride the Moab Canyon Paved Path back to Moab
If you're riding back to Moab via the bike path consider linking to the Bar M Loops to extend your singletrack experience.
DescriptionThe first part of the Mag 7 ride starts on Bull Run with a slow and steady descent to a small canyon rim. This will give you a feel for the rest of the singletrack on the ride. The route ducks and dives over the slickrock and along bits of sand-packed singletrack.
The canyon rim transitions from your left side to your right side about a third of the way into Bull Run. The canyon you'll see now is much larger than the previous one.
There's a section of road to navigate and then lots more rolling and ledgy slickrock to cover. The views into the canyon are spectacular now.
After the second road crossing, the slickrock continues before a longer stretch of sandy singletrack. The trail exits onto the road here. Turn right and ride downhill to a major intersection with Great Escape, Getaway and Arth's Corner.
Great Escape starts to your right at a small trailhead and quickly jumps back into the slickrock and singletrack you've become accustomed to higher on the route.
If you're interested, there's a viewpoint in the very beginning of this trail that looks out over some natural bridges in the canyon.
From here, the trail is wavy slickrock for the most part, just follow the painted stripes as a general guideline. The impressive La Sal Mountains become the predominant backdrop as you work your way west down the route.
Continue straight when you come to a crossing with a jeep road. From here the route continues over the sea of red sandstone with a few more up and downs to an intersection with Little Canyon.
Turn right here to ride a quick downhill section to the bailout to Gemini Bridges Road. The intersection is marked with a sign and you'll need to ride through a tree/rock gateway down to a large parking area. If you're up for a REALLY BIG ride you can continue straight to Gold Bar and end the ride on the famous Portal trail. Be advised that this option is long and technically demanding.
To finish this ride, pedal left out of the parking area to a sandy jeep road, turning left at the first intersection. Ride to the main intersection with Gemini Bridges Road and turn right.
From here it's a slog with a myriad of jeeps and other motorized vehicles to the trailhead on Hwy 191. The road is mostly flat with one annoying climb at the end.
From the trailhead/parking area you can enjoy a cold drink or keep riding, following the Moab Canyon Paved Path or Bar M Loops.
ContactsLand Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office
Local Club: Moab Trails Alliance
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