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Portal

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 3.8 (49)

A dangerous challenge for true experts. A scenic hike-a-bike for mortals.


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2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Singletrack

5,033' 1,534 m

High

3,977' 1,212 m

Low

52' 16 m

Up

1,100' 335 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

66%

Max Grade (34°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Only rideable downhill.

Description

Usually done as a finish to Poison Spider, this trail drops 1,000' in a mile, with huge exposure next to a 1,300 foot cliff. People have fallen and died here. It's incredibly unique and scenic, but riding it should only be attempted by experts, and intermediates with a great attitude should be willing to walk most of it.

Starting from the end of the Poison Spider trail, the Portal Trail hugs the rim with a nice easy downhill grade and smooth, easy surface at first. This doesn't last long and it's time to wake up when you see the "Dismount Here" sign from the BLM. They mean it. Unless you've done this section before, really know what you're doing, and are prepared to die to do it again, go ahead and dismount. It's not that the moves are all that impossible, but the consequences are all that bad, and several boulders want to push you right off the trail and over the cliff.

Continue for about half a mile right on the edge of the rim. Several sections are rideable by intermediate riders, but most people will dismount for many short sections. Enjoy the amazing views of Moab and the La Sal mountains beyond.

The trail takes a sharp right and is now directly above the Colorado River. It is no longer right on the edge of the cliff, so that danger is mostly past, but now the descent begins in earnest: the next mile loses 1,000' over many drops, ledges, and pinches. Most people will feel more comfortable walking many sections, though about half might be rideable by intermediates.

The trail finishes along the highway, where you'll either ride back to town or to your car at the Poison Spider trailhead.

Contacts

Local Club: Moab Trail Mix

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Kristen Arendt

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  3.8 from 49 votes

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  3.8 from 49 votes
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#135

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Photos

Following Kyle Mears down the most brutally technical section of trail in Moab.
Jan 10, 2017 near Moab, UT
Hard to see how a trail fits on that ledge... or who thought it was a good idea to build it!
May 1, 2013 near Moab, UT
Looking back at the tame part of the portal trail
Apr 30, 2019 near Moab, UT
AMERICA'S DEADLIEST TRAIL | Portal Trail - Moab, Utah
Jan 21, 2019 near Moab, UT
The big boulders seem to reach out and want to push you over the cliff!
May 1, 2013 near Moab, UT
They're not kidding.
May 1, 2013 near Moab, UT

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Oct 13, 2019
Patrick Burns
Fun at the top and the bottom. Most of the middle is janky scary tech. Challenging when you are tired, which is what you are at the top.
May 14, 2019
Clay Cooper
wow very difficult had to walk two areas
Apr 28, 2019
Courtney Harasz
6 mechanicals(4 Flats, 1 shifter, & 1 broken dropper post cable 22.4mi
Apr 6, 2019
Adam Miller
Also too fucking technical. Walked the whole cliff exposed part. So tired I was making mistakes. DONT NEED TO EVER DO THIS AGAIN
Oct 22, 2018
Ben Ferree
Wow, theirs tons of exposure and if your not Pro it is not worth ridding. Besides the risk of dying it was a great ride. Also some one broke their… 2.5mi
May 5, 2018
Arius Arius
Probably only 2/3 rideable, especially if ridden as part of Mag 7. Challenging tech descent. Chunky/blocky but fun.
Apr 20, 2018
brian firestone
Apr 9, 2018
Lisa Martinez