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HyMasa/Captain Ahab Huckfest

 4.7 (210)
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9.0 Miles 14.5 Kilometers




1,277' 389 m


-1,276' -389 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (11°)

4,892' 1,491 m


3,988' 1,216 m



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

Markk Knowles

Overview [Suggest Changes]

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.
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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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Jun 4, 2018
Tyson Clay
HOT!! The descent was worth it. 9mi
May 28, 2018
Kenny Bramwell
Joey and I did this again. I loved the ascent and he loved the descent. I actually made the final climb from the creek to the car clean.
May 27, 2018
John Bigglesworth
May 22, 2018
David Sullivan
This is my favorite ride of moab+ so far 9.4mi — 2h 30m
May 20, 2018
Adam McKittrick
2h 00m
May 16, 2018
Matt Robinson
May 15, 2018
Steve Hoover
May 12, 2018
Tim Albring

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Matt Olding
Moab, UT
Matt Olding   Moab, UT
It's always GREAT, thanks Trail Mix :) Mar 6, 2017
Ben Carelock
Cortez, CO
Ben Carelock   Cortez, CO
If you're planning to do this trail, get ready for a lot of climbing. I would submit that the climbing on this trail is a fun and integral part of the experience. Definitely worth riding...probably more than once. Aug 30, 2017
Jacob Crockett
Salt Lake City, UT
Jacob Crockett   Salt Lake City, UT
This trails comprising this ride are so incredibly well built, has some of the best views in the area, and has one of the best descents I've ever been on. I rode it on a trail bike (probably would have enjoyed the descent more on my enduro bike), and while it is a solid black, I don't know how anyone claiming to be an "advanced" DH rider would walk more than a spot or two. I walked the ledge at the top and that's it--the rest is flowing, technical, and amazing. There are a handful of trails that leave me smiling ear-to-ear when completed (Crest, Porcupine, Zen, and a couple of others), and I've just added Ahab to my list. Amazing ride, and a must-do when in Moab. Mar 21, 2018

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