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dblack Gold Bar Rim


3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
Extremely Difficult


Ascent: 82' 25 m
Descent: -547' -167 m
High: 5,484' 1,671 m
Low: 5,007' 1,526 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)


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Trail shared by Michael Ahnemann

A fun but very difficult technical route along the edge of the cliff, overlooking Potash Road.

Michael Ahnemann

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Riding on the very edge of the rim is not only extremely dangerous, it's illegal due to raptor breeding habitat. Please stay on the designated trail.


This trail will either be one of your favorite experiences in Moab, or your worst nightmare, depending on your ability level and desire to push your limits. Advanced riders will find this trail to be a very fun challenge, with constant technical ups and downs on fun rock lines to keep you busy. Everything is rideable, but the line is sometimes hard to see until you're right there. There's some exposure in spots, although it's not as edgy as the Portal.

This trail used to be illegal, but has been re-routed in spots to make it a bit more bike-friendly, with less exposure to the cliff edge, making it legal. It now follows gold blazes painted on the rock. The old blue dots can still be found if you look, and they lead you to a higher level of challenge.

Less advanced technical riders can still follow this route, but you'll probably walk many short sections along the way. At the end of this trail, you can continue to Portal (intense / hike-a-bike for some), or take Poison Spider more of a jeep route, but also much less exposure.

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Local Club: Moab Trail Mix

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office

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May 12, 2019
Mason Harless
This trail really is just pretty miserable if you are using it to access Portal. The trail is very hard to follow, no road bikers to throw rocks at 3.6mi — 16h 00m
Apr 28, 2019
Courtney Harasz
Knarly 4x4 Jeep trail climb 3.6mi
Apr 27, 2019
Chuck McQuade
Apr 6, 2019
Adam Miller
Too hard for me! Wicked technical. Walked a lot. Least favorite
Mar 22, 2019
James Dufficy
Nov 3, 2018
Kristian Keane
May 5, 2018
Arius Arius
Awesome views with world class technical riding. So much fun! Best of Moab for sure.
Nov 5, 2017
Rachel Ch
Not as exposed as warned

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