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


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Singletrack

5,484' 1,671 m

High

5,007' 1,526 m

Low

82' 25 m

Up

547' 167 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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.

Trail update: May 2022 the trail has been repainted using orange paint to improve route finding. Previously the trail was painted yellow and this proved to be difficult to see on the light colored sandstone.

Description

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 away from the cliff edge to protect raptor nesting habitat (birds of prey, not dinosaurs) and to improve the overall route for cyclists. The trail is marked primarily using orange dashes painted on the rock.

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 (longer mileage / very sandy) more of a jeep route, but also much less exposure.

Note that Golden Spike Jeep Road is much harder and more strenuous than the Gold Bar Rim Singletrack and is not recommended for mountain bikes.

Contacts

Local Club: Moab Trail Mix

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office

Shared By:

Michael Ahnemann with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

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  4.1 from 53 votes

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Photos

Dare devil ripping some Golden Spike
May 26, 2015 near Moab, UT
The nearby Blue Line drop on Golden Spike
May 22, 2017 near Moab, UT
the ultimate setting
May 1, 2019 near Moab, UT
Awesome rocky descent.
Nov 18, 2020 near Moab, UT
Moab MAG 7 start of the descent what an awesome day in March.
Nov 25, 2015 near Moab, UT
Slab lily pad to get down.
Jul 11, 2019 near Moab, UT
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Jun 7, 2024
Jay Austin
Oct 15, 2021
Matt Castelli
Reasonably techy, kinda cross country feel. Not exposed save for a seldom few spots
Nov 6, 2020
Grady Hardy
May 23, 2020
Victor Rodriguez
Pure, unadulterated MTB Bliss. Sign says expert riders with endurance at the bottom of the climb up for a good reason.
Nov 2, 2019
Clare Liu
Oct 13, 2019
Patrick Burns
BRUTAL. Unbelievably technical. Expect very slow progress, and anticipate the wearing you down. Killer scenery.
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
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