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Mag 7

 117 votes

21.9 Miles 35.2 Kilometers


70%

Singletrack

1,815' 553 m

Ascent

-3,849' -1,173 m

Descent

6,026' 1,837 m

High

3,992' 1,217 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

All Clear

43 days agoUpdate

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 will come to the Gemini Bridges Road where a new exstention of singletrack continues on the other side to quickly arrive at the 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 16, 2017
john sutherland
Nov 9, 2017
Heather Priemer
Poison Spider shuttle, headed up a few minutes early!
Nov 1, 2017
Gina Robertson
Gorgeous day, very little wind on an empty trail system.
Oct 31, 2017
Weston Sawtelle
Oct 31, 2017
Nolan Sawtelle
Oct 21, 2017
Dan C
Oct 15, 2017
Jimmy Pyrénées
Oct 15, 2017
Marc Daniel
8 hours total time. Finishing after 5pm on the gravel road

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  4.6 from 117 votes

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Narwhal Lo
Durango, CO
Narwhal Lo   Durango, CO
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
Casey Vavrina
Fort Collins, CO
Casey Vavrina   Fort Collins, CO
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
This trail changes character dramatically at the end of the Little Canyon trail. As other commenters have noted, it gets wildly harder and more physical. To keep things a little more consistent and easier, you can turn left at the bottom of Little Canyon instead of heading up the Gold Bar Rim anticline. Follow the sandy wash out to the Gemini Bridges road and follow that trail out to Hwy-191. Apr 28, 2017

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