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black HyMasa/Captain Ahab Huckfest

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9.0 mile 14.5 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,216' 371 m
Descent: -1,213' -370 m
High: 4,887' 1,490 m
Low: 3,992' 1,217 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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

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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 10, 2019
Jonathan Lyons
9mi — 2h 05m
Mar 31, 2019
Joel Jamison
Mar 28, 2019
Justin Edmands
Mar 8, 2019
Will Niccolls
Feb 10, 2019
Jeyrey R
Rode it yesterday by accident. Took turn of HyMasa by mistake. But what a great accident. Trail is completely clear and rideable
Jan 29, 2019
Tom Dancs
Dec 22, 2018
David Cummins

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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
Jared Romano
Loveland, CO
Jared Romano   Loveland, CO
Amazing ride and has moved near the top of the list for best rides. It is technical but very manageable. There are some fun and challenging climbs as well as some great descents. In regards to other comments, there is great flow as long as you manage the terrain correctly. I found it easy to float over most sections and get a great rhythm. There may be a decent amount of climbing for the typical DH'er but anyone who is used to propelling themselves up a mountain without an assist, it is not any more than you would expect from a loop. Your perspective may change depending on where you normally ride, but coming from the Colorado front range, this is a spectacular ride! Nov 20, 2018
Cameron Meyer
Fort Collins, CO
Cameron Meyer   Fort Collins, CO
This is an impressive ride, but one that I feel is not accurately captured by the ride’s description. My wife and I are both strong intermediate riders, but found ourselves walking much more often than “once or twice.” The climb includes a lot of ledges and chunky sections that will challenge any rider’s technical ability. There are intermittent short stretches of singletrack, but anyone other than an advanced rider will struggle to find a good flow and avoid walking. The ride back down is indeed predominantly downhill, but the punchy sections never let up and it remains aerobically and technically demanding. There are many 2’-3’ drops, and very techy rocky descents. These sections are often blind until you are right at the top, so it is hard to get cruising unless you’re very comfortable bombing through rocks. We ended up walking a lot of these sections, or at the very least stopping at the top, and then turning around to come back through to roll it. Again, I only see advanced riders finding this as a flowy downfall. The views were certainly impressive, and mostly made up for a trail that we really didn’t enjoy all that much. This is every bit of a black (or double black) diamond, and is arguably best enjoyed by advanced riders that really enjoy highly technical riding. That doesn’t describe us, so this wasn’t our type of trail, but I can see the appeal to other riders. Dec 30, 2018

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