HyMasa/Captain Ahab Huckfest

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9.4 Miles 15.1 Kilometers



1,513' 461 m


-1,513' -461 m


4,896' 1,492 m


3,987' 1,215 m



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

Markk Knowles


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.


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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Apr 24, 2017
Kyle N Sarah Schwindt
Apr 22, 2017
Matt Irvin
Got lost, climbed Hymasa twice, took the mid-way cut across to make up for lost time. Still had one hell of a time. Awesome trail. 6.9mi
Apr 22, 2017
Eric Amerling
Apr 21, 2017
David Peach
Perfect trail. A bit rough on winter legs, but worth the burn! 9.4mi
Apr 20, 2017
Amos Benninga
Apr 20, 2017
Greg Merner
The hardest ride I've ever done. You have to be highly skilled and in great shape to hang with Ahab.
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 15, 2017
Aaron Glasenapp
Hymasa to Upper Captain Ahab, then Amasa Black back down to trailhead 10.7mi

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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

It's always GREAT, thanks Trail Mix :) Mar 6, 2017

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