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Rank: #1 in Moab
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“Long distance, ledgy, fast and fun; a premiere ride in Moab.”
Leslie Kehmeier on May 8, 2013
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14.3 Miles 70% Singletrack 581’ Ascent -1,773’ Descent 4,561’ Low 5,769’ High
Overview
The 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.

Mag 7 is named for the 7 trails it links together into one spectacular traverse: Gemini Bridges, Bull Run, Great Escape, Little Canyon, Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, Portal. This point-to-point ride is a ledgy, fast and fun experience.
Need To Know
The 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.
Description
The 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--the true "Magnificent 7"--is long, technically demanding, and requires substantial climbing.

To finish this ride the mellower way, 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.
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PHOTOS of Mag 7
 4.7 from 3 votes
Lost in a giant landscape - part of the experience on the Great Escape (Moab, UT)
 4.0 from 3 votes
The first canyon views on Bull Run, part of the Magnificent 7 ride. (Moab, UT)
 4.0 from 3 votes
The slickrock is endless along the Bull Run Trail (Moab, UT)
 4.0 from 3 votes
Cresting the climb on Gemini Bridges. (Moab, UT)
 3.7 from 3 votes
The wide ranging geology of Moab is clearly evident along this section o... (Moab, UT)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Threatening weather on Bull Canyon rim. (Moab, UT)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Fun exposure along Bull Run in spots. (Moab, UT)
 3.3 from 3 votes
If you're not out in the open, you're riding under ledges on the Great E... (Moab, UT)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Great views of the La Sals from Bull Run. (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Bull Run rocks and rolls right along the edge of Crips Hole (Moab, UT)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Trail choices at the end of Great Escape (Moab, UT)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Signs for Great Escape after crossing over the Jeep road. (Moab, UT)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Just follow the Yellow rocky dashes. Occasionally you'll find slackliner... (Moab, UT)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Climbing out of Little Canyon on Gemini Bridges road toward the Hwy 191 ... (Moab, UT)
 2.7 from 3 votes
View of the Gemini Bridges from the Great Escape trail. And you don't ha... (Moab, UT)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Let's get this party started!! All singletrack on Bull Run or Seven Up f... (Moab, UT)
 2.3 from 3 votes
People walking around the Gemini Bridges from a distance. (Moab, UT)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Road connection from Bull Run to Great Escape, Arth's and Getaway (Moab, UT)
 2.0 from 3 votes
Looking up from the riverbed at the trail after bailing out to head back... (Moab, UT)
 2.0 from 3 votes
There are a few markers to let you know you're headed the right directio... (Moab, UT)
 2.0 from 3 votes
Trail junction of Bull Run, Great Escape, Arth's and Gemini Bridges Road. (Moab, UT)
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