Mag 7

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Trail

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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Apr 23, 2017
David Rubin Jr
Amazing 16mi
Apr 22, 2017
Doug Errett
Apr 22, 2017
Pascal Nobecourt
We did a loop. Started from the lower parking. We did "Great escape", "little canyon", Arth's, and then we did "gateway", and "bull run". 19mi
Apr 17, 2017
Amos Benninga
Apr 2, 2017
brad scott
Mar 25, 2017
Piotr Gajos
30.5mi — 5h 00m
Mar 24, 2017
Jill Syvret
18mi
Mar 18, 2017
Creek Peterson
16.7mi

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  4.5 from 93 votes

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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


Great series of trails. Rode getaway to bull to great escape to gold bar to portal. Long day on the bike. Gold bar rim is easier than portal. Its all rideable but not advisable for most. If taking a shuttle bus leave your vehicle as close to portal/poison spider as possible. Otherwise its about 10 miles of crappy road riding after your already tired. Mar 23, 2017


Absolutely fantastic ride from start to finish! FYI, the map above is inaccurate and doesn't match the description, especially where it opts for the Golden Spike Jeep route instead of the Gold Bar Rim trail, which is a must despite the brutal climb to start. This last one and Portal are definitely double black trails but doable with significant experience and skills. Can't wait to do them again. Apr 1, 2017


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