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Portal

 3.7 (33)

2.5 Miles 4.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

52' 16 m

Ascent

-1,100' -335 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

66%

Max Grade (34°)

5,033' 1,534 m

High

3,977' 1,212 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

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

Nick Wilder

Dogs No Dogs

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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.

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Oct 22, 2018
Ben Ferrew
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
Oct 14, 2017
Taylor Isbell
2.5mi
May 23, 2017
Arnold Nimmo
Mar 17, 2017
Gregg Cummins
Oct 5, 2016
Craig Crawford

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  3.7 from 33 votes

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#221

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  3.7 from 33 votes
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in Utah

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Now I'm not that great of a rider, but I rode Portal years ago on an XC bike (71 degree head angle with 3" travel), and while challenging, I made it down fine. Perhaps this trail is a little over hyped on the difficulty scale or do I have a bad memory? Feb 15, 2017
My very good friend Kevin died on this trail in 1998. He was an expert rider. Please consider the consequences before attempting this trail. Apr 2, 2017
Colorado Mtb
Steamboat Springs, CO
Colorado Mtb   Steamboat Springs, CO
I rode this on Saturday as an end to Mag 7. It was beautiful, difficult, amazing, and fun! That being said, you must stay on your toes, and be prepared to go a little bigger than you are used to if you are an intermediate rider. If you are unsure, you can walk a lot of it. I feel that I'm a good rider, but I really only rode about 85% of this trail. Enjoy the views, and be safe! Mar 19, 2018

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