ElevationAscent: 52' 16 m
Descent: -1,100' -335 m
High: 5,033' 1,534 m
Low: 3,977' 1,212 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 66% (34°)
Current trail conditions
Popular rides nearby
Bikepacking: Moab to Boulder Town
294.3 mi 473.6 km • Point to Point • 16,628 ft Ascent 5068.07 m Ascent
Doubletrack Moab, UT( 1 )
Moab Brand Trails - Lazy/EZ Loop
3.7 mi 6.0 km • Loop • 187 ft Ascent 56.95 m Ascent
Singletrack Moab, UT( 74 )
Bar M Loops
10.8 mi 17.5 km • Loop • 782 ft Ascent 238.35 m Ascent
Singletrack Moab, UT( 60 )
Klonzo - Upper Loop
4.8 mi 7.7 km • Loop • 528 ft Ascent 160.85 m Ascent
Singletrack Moab, UT( 36 )
Dead Horse Point Tour
14.4 mi 23.1 km • Loop • 644 ft Ascent 196.39 m Ascent
Singletrack Moab, UT( 211 )
Sovereign - Cedar Mountain Loop
8.3 mi 13.4 km • Loop • 864 ft Ascent 263.2 m Ascent
Singletrack Moab, UT( 9 )
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“A dangerous challenge for true experts. A scenic hike-a-bike for mortals.”— Nick Wilder
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.
Biked this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
Need to Know, Features
Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow riders know what's here.