Mag 7

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22.1 Miles 35.6 Kilometers


70%

Singletrack

1,959' 597 m

Ascent

-4,001' -1,219 m

Descent

6,028' 1,837 m

High

3,986' 1,215 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Long distance, ledgy, fast and fun; a premiere ride in Moab.

Leslie Kehmeier

Overview

The Magnificent 7 trails are part of the exciting singletrack renaissance in Moab. The area features a network of trails that link the upper and lower ends of Gemini Bridges Road and can be ridden as a point-to-point with a shuttle (leaving on vehicle at HWY 313 and Gemini Bridges Rd. and Potash Rd Jay Cee Park Campground), near the or as different loops.

Mag 7 is named for the 7 trails it links together into one spectacular traverse: Gemini Bridges Rd., Bull Run, Arth's Corner, Little Canyon, Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, Poison Spider, and Portal. This point-to-point ride is a ledgy, fast and fun experience.

Need To Know

The ride is done as a point-to-point from the upper end of Gemini Bridges Road at Hwy 313. It minimizes climbing and maximizes the downhill fun.

Numerous shuttle companies operate in Moab, so hitching a ride is as easy as making a reservation and slapping down some cash.

There are a few options for getting back to Moab:
- Park a vehicle at the Gemini Bridges Trailhead on Hwy 191
- Park a vehicle at the Courthouse Wash Trailhead on Hwy 191 (just south of the Arches National Park entrance)
- Ride the Moab Canyon Paved Path back to Moab

If you're riding back to Moab via the bike path consider linking to the Bar M Loops to extend your singletrack experience.

Description

The first part of the Mag 7 ride starts on Bull Run with a slow and steady descent to a small canyon rim. This will give you a feel for the rest of the singletrack on the ride. The route ducks and dives over the slickrock and along bits of sand-packed singletrack.

The canyon rim transitions from your left side to your right side about a third of the way into Bull Run. The canyon you'll see now is much larger than the previous one.

There's a section of road to navigate and then lots more rolling and ledgy slickrock to cover. The views into the canyon are spectacular now.

After the second road crossing, the slickrock continues before a longer stretch of sandy singletrack. The trail exits onto the road here. Turn right and ride downhill to a major intersection with Great Escape, Getaway and Arth's Corner. Great Escape is not part of the Mag 7, but can be ridden as an option.

Arth's Corner starts to your right at a small trailhead and quickly jumps back into the slickrock and singletrack you've become accustomed to higher on the route.

Little Canyon singletrack is great with ledges and slickrock to ride on. At the end of Little Canyon, you'll find Gold Bar Rim singletrack.

From here, the trail is wavy slickrock for the most part, just follow the painted stripes as a general guideline. The Gold Bar singletrack will dump you into the Gold Bar Rim Jeep trail.

Continue on the Gold Bar Rim Jeep trail following the white painted lines, until you reach Golden Spike. From here you'll follow the white painted lines on slick rock going down shelves and drops.

Golden Spike will lead you to the Blue Dot trail (unofficially named) along the rim overlooking HWY 191. This is a narly section with descent technicals. You'll end up on the Poison Spider connector trail to Portal.

The Portal trail can be deadly. Walk your bike where it tells you to. One false move and you are falling to your death! The end of this trail will put you on Potash Road where you left one vehicle to shuttle back to the beginning.

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Nov 26, 2016
Jeff Gauvin
Nov 20, 2016
Gino DiSciullo
Finished on poison spider
Nov 1, 2016
carey ballard
Oct 29, 2016
Thomas Cousineau
Oct 22, 2016
Steve Zetzer
Headed out for Mag 7 Ultimate Saturday ride with AJ and friends
Oct 20, 2016
Justin VanAlstyne
Overall excellent, gorgeous ride. The climbs are steep and technical. Portal down was eh. Much of it was unrideable, steep, and rocky. 21.4mi — 3h 05m
Oct 15, 2016
Lisa Dreier
Oct 15, 2016
thomas feistl

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The first half of this ride is great. The second half is awful! Do not attempt this ride unless you are in top shape and get an EARLY start. I rode this with 3 friends who are all avid bikers and it kicked our ass! We took a shuttle at noon (the first available) and started riding at 1pm. It was mid May and temps were in the upper 80's. There is almost no shade so it is hot in the sun. By the time we got near the last trail segment called the Portal, it was getting dark and we were tired and running out of water. So, rather than venture down a dangerous trail in the dark we decided to take the Poison Spider trail which is listed on mtbproject. This trail is awful! Lots of deep sand and big stair steps that are unridable. The trail is also poorly marked and hard to follow. (Thank god for the mtbproject app!) We spent a lot more time hike-a-biking than riding. We got stuck in the dark but thankfully there was a half moon so we could make our way out in the moonlight. Sunset was at 8:30pm and we didn't get off the trail until 10pm. We were all exhausted and out of water even though we all brought camelbacks and water bottles. We were getting disoriented from dehydration and wondered if we were going to make it. No cell phone coverage so we wouldn't have been able to call for help. If you do Mag 7, I recommend parking at the top and doing an out and back on the top half of the trail. Save $25 on a shuttle and skip the second half of Mag 7. May 17, 2016


Getaway now runs all the way to Highway 131, so start on the single track here, and don't take the dirt road. Getaway and Bull Run are fun flowy, and can be pretty much ridden by most levels of riders. Great Escape has a good bit of slick rock fun. Gold Bar is where you start climbing, but Goldbar Rim Road (it's a 4x4 Jeep trail) will kick your ass, so take plenty of water, and be prepared to hike up. There is no shade and it is very steep. At the very top, hop on Gold Bar Rim. This trail is insanely fun and requires a healthy serving of skill. Expert riders only on both this and Portal, which is absolutely bananas. My palms are still sweating. You must be a highly advanced rider in good shape and on an appropriate bike to do this ride. (Rode it on 6/13/16) Jun 24, 2016


This was one of the most fun rides of the week. Take Bull run down from the trail head and back up Gateway. You can add a few miles by connecting to the Horsethief system. The rating on these trails is exact so high performance riders might not get the thrill they are looking for. Oct 18, 2016


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