Poison Spider Mesa
ElevationAscent: 1,393' 425 m
Descent: -1,393' -425 m
High: 5,011' 1,527 m
Low: 4,045' 1,233 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A Moab classic with slickrock, sand, Jeeps, and some of the finest scenery around.”— Nick Wilder
Once you reach the plateau in about 2 miles, the riding becomes much less steep but there are now many ledges and long sandy spots that must be walked over the next mile. As bikes (and Jeeps) seek the harder sand on the edge of the trail, the path continues to widen, and is over 50' wide in places (!!!) - don't make it worse.
After the sand pits, the slickrock fun begins. You ride and up and down many domes, generally trending uphill. There are several ledges that most people will need to dismount and walk over. After about 3.5 miles, you are now high on the plateau and the scenery gets awesome. Rock fin formations, the city of Moab, and the La Sal mountains spread out before you.
At mile 5.5 there is a 100 yard walk to view "Little Arch". This is a popular place to turn around if you're getting tired, though the trail is actually better from here to the end, so stick with it if you have the energy!
When you hit the fork in the road that says "PS" and has arrows pointing in both directions, go RIGHT. The left option is for Jeeps doing a loop.
The final couple of miles have quite a bit of climbing up steep slickrock. It's amazing what you can stick to, just crank hard and you'll be on top soon. It's a really fun section.
At trail's end, you hit the Portal trail at the edge of the plateau. You now have three options:
- Turn around and return the way you came (which is how this trail is mapped).
- Turn left and loop around the Golden Spike, which reunites with Poison Spider about halfway back.
- Turn right and descend the treacherous Portal trail. Recommended for experts only.
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Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, History & Background
Local Club: Moab Trails Alliance
Apr 13, 2012: Thanks!
Apr 13, 2012: Maps are a success!
Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office