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Pothole Arch

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (26)

Fun, engaging singletrack leads to slickrock dome riding and an arch with spectacular views.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

Singletrack

4,873' 1,485 m

High

4,567' 1,392 m

Low

50' 15 m

Up

321' 98 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Description

Pothole arches are formed when rainwater eventually erodes the bonds between sand grains and deepens a sandstone surface depression puddle into a hole big enough to punch through an adjacent cliff wall.

There are lots of pothole arches in Canyonlands, including one on the edge of adjacent Poison Spider mesa. The trail out to this particular "Pothole Arch" is a fun singletrack that branches right off the Amasa Back / Cliffhanger Trail less than a mile after you cross the water pipe.

Follow the singletrack as it parallels the low bluff on your right called, "The Billboard". The trail is really engaging, and a bit tricky to follow in places. Watch for white paint dashes.

There are lots of short, technical ups and downs to hold your attention, and plenty of freeform slickrock riding if that interests you. Have fun on the rocky areas, but if you are leaving tracks in dirt, you are seriously screwing up. Please don't be a pathetic punter - crappy form has closed more than one ride.

When the Billboard comes to an end, attentive riders will note a singletrack trail branching off to the right. This is Rockstacker, a super-fun, super-technical laugh-riot that is an order of magnitude harder than what you've been riding.

Skip this right turn for now and continue out the original singletrack until it fades into golden slickrock riding. There is a faint, rust-colored paint stripe to guide you from here. Stay on this paint strip until you reach the arch, which is really cool, but really not as impressive as you were expecting. Visit Bullethole Arch south of Moab for some perspective.

Enjoy the amazing views in the area, continue out the 'Back to ride some slickrock, then retrace your steps and exit via Rockstacker, or Amasa Back / Cliffhanger.

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F Felix with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 26 votes

#3

in Amasa Back

#432

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#3

in Amasa Back

#60

in Utah

#432

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Photos

View of Behind the Rocks fins from near Pothole Arch.
Dec 20, 2013 near Moab, UT
Slickrock free-form riding at Pothole Arch.
Dec 20, 2013 near Moab, UT
The very cool--yet somewhat anticlimactic--Pothole Arch.
Dec 20, 2013 near Moab, UT
Slickrock on the way out to Pothole Arch
Nov 25, 2014 near Moab, UT
Riding up to Pothole Arch
Nov 20, 2017 near Moab, UT
looking east
Nov 20, 2017 near Moab, UT

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Nov 16, 2019
Matt Castelli
Oct 13, 2019
Tim McCabe
Apr 27, 2019
Katie Purdy
Nov 9, 2018
Victor Gonzalez
May 12, 2018
Dan Martel
Oct 5, 2017
Martin Asao
1.9mi
May 14, 2017
Christopher Rix
I like this short section of trail. Kinda rolling not technical. 1.9mi
May 9, 2017
Emilia Wint
Blue lines now, not rust colored