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Jackson

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 4.2 (20)

A great technical and exposed descent.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.8

KM

Singletrack

4,586' 1,398 m

High

3,966' 1,209 m

Low

30' 9 m

Up

646' 197 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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This is primarily a downhill trail. Don't ride any time the creek is high, like in spring or after a lot of rain. You can scope it from the parking lot.

Description

Don't ride in the spring when the creek is high as you have to cross it at the end of the trail. Look for a road going north from the Amasa Back road just north of the powerline. Follow road down to the intersection with Rockstacker - this is the beginning of Jackson's.

This is not for the faint of heart but is not as crazy as some people make it out to be. The exposed parts of the trail are not very technical but its a long ways down to the river. You probably won't even notice the exposure because your so focused on the trail and how much fun your having. Over all, it's not as hard as Portal. There is one spot in particular towards the bottom that is the crux. It rides better than it looks but scope it before hand. You get to the bottom and hit Kane Creek. Turn right and follow a traverse that hopefully keeps you above the creek. Near the parking you turn left and cross the creek.

Contacts

Local Club: Moab Trail Mix

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office

Shared By:

San Juanderer with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 20 votes

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in Amasa Back

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Surviving Jackson's in a snowstorm.
Jan 12, 2017 near Moab, UT
All the scary lines on Jackson's with Kyle Mears and Chris Boice for #followcamfriday
May 19, 2017 near Moab, UT
Riding one of Moab's best: Rockstacker to Jackson.
Jan 16, 2020 near Moab, UT
Jackson's has more than enough rock to keep you both smashing and jumping your way to the bottom.
Apr 7, 2017 near Moab, UT
A look at the flow to come after completing the technical section on Jackson's.
Apr 10, 2017 near Moab, UT
A ride up Amasa Back on a BUSY day, out to Pothole Arch area, then back out via the rugged Jackson Trail.
Jan 7, 2014 near Moab, UT

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Oct 13, 2019
Tim McCabe
Nov 21, 2018
Chris Ferraro
Tough trail, exposed,technical. Out Hymasa, Amasa back to start of Pothole. Back on Amasa to Jackson.
May 12, 2018
Dan Martel
Nov 15, 2017
Connor D
Oct 5, 2017
Martin Asao
very much a free ride trail. 2.3mi
May 14, 2017
Christopher Rix
Fun, but very exposed, I walked in several spots not because it was too technical but because you are right on the edge of a cliff. 2.3mi
Apr 17, 2017
M M
May 12, 2016
John Connolly
portage out before the creek BARELY passable. Clinging to 4" wide shelf while carrying a bike, full pucker. Fortunately if you fail you just get wet!