HyMasa/Captain Ahab Huckfest

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Trail

9.4 Miles 15.1 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,513' 461 m

Ascent

-1,513' -461 m

Descent

4,896' 1,492 m

High

3,987' 1,215 m

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Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Visually stunning, technically thrilling, a true gem. You'll not want it to end.

Markk Knowles

Overview

The Amasa Back jeep trail is no longer the prefered option for MTBr's to gain access to Captain Ahab. HyMasa Trail has arrived!

The Hymasa/Captain Ahab ride is one of the best of the best. Enough climbing to pump you up and raise your pulse to ready you for the massive dose of adrenaline you'll receive on the descent. MTBing ecstasy is what it is.

I can not do justice for Captain Ahab in words. Most intermediate riders will walk a spot or two on this trail. Fact is there is even a sign that says you should walk a particularly risky spot on the trail. But don't let that dissuade you from the experience Ahab will etch in your memory. If confidence eludes you from time to time...just walk it.

Description

Start at the parking area along Kane Creek Blvd (just below the start of the route) . Ride up the dirt road for a short bit then bust right onto HyMasa Trail singletrack down to the creek. From there it's a short jaunt up Amasa Back followed by another right back onto HyMasa Trail. There is great signage to keep you on point. From here it is all sweet singletrack.

HyMasa is a fun and winding 3.1 mile climb with scattered descents. On its own, HyMasa is an excellent romp through pristine Moab singletrack. You'll cross Amasa Back a couple of times and will be offered the option to cut out on the Amasa to Ahab connector, but don't do it! The views alone are worth the effort to get all the way to the top.

The transition to Captain Ahab from HyMasa Trail is quick and happens during an easy climb. Take a moment to stop and enjoy the outstanding views over Jackson Hole and Canyonlands.

Continue climbing along the rim until the trail turns back to the south and east.

A big rock drop will mark the start of the descent. The upper half of the trail is designed for longer travel bikes and riders who enjoy technical descending. There are plenty of options to avoid most of the larger drops, so you can make it as hard as you want. After the first series of descents and rollouts, Captain Ahab contours a bit with some short punchy climbs and drops.

The lower half of the route drops into tight singletrack nesteled above Kane Creek. This part of the route is fast and exciting with some exposure along the cliff edges. It has good flow and very little in the way of climbing.

The final stretch of Captain Ahab drops down through a spicy rock garden before rolling out to the Amasa Back / Cliffhanger road.

*Note: If you're looking for a shorter route or want to avoid the more technical upper sections, there is a bypass onto the Amasa to Captain Ahab Connector at 3.3 miles into the HyMasa Trail climb.

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Nov 26, 2016
David Lamb
Need a new bike! The 26 hard tail beating me up!!!! 9.4mi
Nov 24, 2016
Brian Smith
Never gets old 9.4mi
Nov 24, 2016
Rachel Ch
Awesome, great views. Some parts harder than rockstacker 9.4mi
Nov 20, 2016
Michael Turner
First time on this loop. Missed some of the downhill sections on upper ahab because I didn't know the line. Totally doable with practice. 9.4mi
Nov 18, 2016
Peter Zience
Nov 13, 2016
Rémy Pieron
Amazing
Nov 13, 2016
Rich Blaskovich
Nov 4, 2016
Matt Drage

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This is one of my favorite rides in Moab. May 2, 2016


I think this trail is way overrated. there's no continuous downhill. it's short tech sections followed by relentless tech climbs. lots of huck to flats and annoying ruts that you have to hoist the front over. this trail is more physical than fun. Porcupine Rim, on the other hand, had me grinning ear to ear. May 9, 2016


For advanced riders, the majority of this trail is ridable with some great spots to stop and session. Intermediate riders will do fine, too, but with a little more walking sections (great opportunity to session!) Everything is rollable, there are no "mandatory air" drops on this trail, unlike Porcupine. Ahab doesn't ride like a downhill, it is rolly with a steady technicality. Last time I rode it with a 1x11 (32T in front) and found that I would need an easier gear to keep my legs fresh and able to power up rock features. I rate this trail 5 stars! Jul 1, 2016


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