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Captain Ahab

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 4.7 (130)

Steep, technical, fast and fun. An excellent trail built specifically for mountain biking.


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Map Key

4.2

Miles

6.7

KM

Singletrack

4,898' 1,493 m

High

4,034' 1,230 m

Low

326' 99 m

Up

981' 299 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features -none-

This trail is a directional downhill trail. Ride up HyMasa Trail or the Amasa Back road to access the top end start. One Way Only: This is designated as a directional trail.

Description

This is an outstanding new singletrack along the rim below the iconic Amasa Back 4x4 trail. It's a very well built, thoughtful and challenging trail.

The top end starts with an easy climb that continues from HyMasa Trail. The views of Jackson Hole and Canyonlands are outstanding.

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's 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 at 3.3 miles into the HyMasa Trail climb.

Contacts

Local Club: Moab Trail Mix

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office

Shared By:

djn Nechrony with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 130 votes

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in Amasa Back

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  4.7 from 130 votes
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#1

in Amasa Back

#3

in Utah

#7

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Photos

Captain Ahab has some amazing views west towards Canyonlands.
Apr 1, 2015 near Moab, UT
Building (and riding!) Captain Ahab
Oct 17, 2013 near Moab, UT
Moab bike mechanics enjoying the off season the only way they know how...killing it on the trails!
Dec 13, 2016 near Moab, UT
The final stretch of Captain Ahab is rowdy, fast and fun.
Apr 1, 2015 near Moab, UT
The lower reaches of Captain Ahab are neatly tucked into the slickrock amongst the trees above Kane Springs Creek.
Apr 1, 2015 near Moab, UT
One of the many thrilling technical challenges on the Captain Ahab trail.
May 18, 2015 near Moab, UT

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Apr 24, 2021
Austin Imig
Fun challenging trail but need to be careful next to drop offs
Mar 27, 2021
Tony Fagan
Mar 27, 2021
Dave Smith
Jan 16, 2021
Blake Tobler
Had a couple of slick patches of snow in the shade, other than that It was an amazing ride
Nov 14, 2020
Mark Parson
Feb 23, 2020
Josh Brown
epic ride as always — 13h 00m
Nov 13, 2019
Lisa Bonita
Yummmmy..... Lives up to the bikelore! Didn't mind a dismount here and there :)