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Deadman's Ridge



3.3 mile 5.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 424' 129 m
Descent: -577' -176 m
High: 4,810' 1,466 m
Low: 4,516' 1,376 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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A relentless challenging route; a tech riding dream.

Leslie Kehmeier

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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Deadman's Ridge is an unrelenting test of riding technical trails. While it's not 'stupid' technical, it will challenge your slow speed balance and pedaling endurance.

Deadman's is found on the southern end of the Bar M trails, connecting to Lazy and EZ to the north and Long Branch and Bar-B to the south.

From the Moab Canyon Paved Path, access to Deadman's Ridge starts on a doubletrack across from Rusty Spur. Ride west, climbing a bit and winding around to the start of the trail which will be to your right.

The initial climb to get on the lower ridge is not steep and rolls along singletrack and slickrock. The route ramps up a bit from here, climbing steadily to a high point on the trail. It's worth taking a break here to enjoy the 360 degree views, including an incredible look into Arches National Park.

The route from here climbs and descends several times to the Bar-B intersection. The grades aren't steep but the trail is technical with lots of dancing up-and-over rocks. Stay right at the Bar-B intersection to continue on Deadman's.

After another down and up, Deadman's intersects Bar-B again. From here there's a rare smooth and flowy section descending to Long Branch. Stay right to finish the trail with a steep descent to the Moab Canyon Paved Path.

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Local Club: Moab Trail Mix

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office

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May 15, 2020
Jenny Montague
Mar 11, 2020
Justin Smith
Feb 21, 2020
Josh Brown
super solid ride. parts of trail had nasty ruts due to people riding too soon — 22h 00m
Oct 26, 2019
Nicholas Kehoe
Aug 15, 2019
Robert Peterson
Somewhat annoying to ride based on the chunkiness, not a beginner trail at all or even for some intermediates due to the tighter turns and rock garden
Jun 3, 2019
Brad Fackrell
I am an intermediate rider. I found this trail fun. Definitely tech and slow but very doable. Beginners would find this trail frustrating.
May 26, 2019
Colton Crowther
Apr 25, 2019
Courtney Harasz
1st annual. Tyler's favorite ride to curse on. 3.3mi

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Great sign at the Bar-B trail junction.
Nov 17, 2013 near Moab, UT
Lazy Trail.
Aug 14, 2014 near Moab, UT
Enjoy the smooth sections of Deadman's, there are few and far between.
May 1, 2013 near Moab, UT
Looking west towards Gemini Bridges from a high point on Deadman's
May 2, 2013 near Moab, UT
Deadman's view
May 4, 2013 near Moab, UT
Nice views along a more mellow section of Deadman's Ridge Trail.
Apr 23, 2015 near Moab, UT

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