Gemini Bridges

Moab, Utah

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Gemini Bridges is one of those routes that everyone loves to ride time and again, especially if they’re not hell-bent on pitting testosterone against slickrock or stamina against marathon rides. It’s perfect for fledgling bikers because the route is largely downhill. However, it’s hardly a cruise through the park because the sometimes rough conditions work your arms and the mile-long climb out of Little Canyon is a little devil. But the sweeping panorama of Monitor and Merrimac buttes to the north, Gold Bar Rim to the east, and the La Sal Mountains and Behind the Rocks to the southeast outweigh any hardships endured. What makes this route unique is that it places you on top of the namesake arches rather than making you crane your neck skyward from underneath. In fact, it’s easy to pass right by the bridges unknowingly. The fun comes when you step out onto their flat tops and peer into the acoustically resounding alcove below. Acrophobics might want to stay on the mainland. Later, the route wanders up the hanging valley of Little Canyon and to the rim of orange-brown cliffs that overlook Moab Canyon and Arches National Park. General location: The lower trailhead is 10 miles north of Moab; the upper trail is 24.5 miles north and west of Moab. Tread: Rock-studded and sand doubletracks.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Gemini Bridges is one of those routes that everyone loves to ride time and again, especially if they’re not hell-bent on pitting testosterone against slickrock or stamina against marathon rides. It’s perfect for fledgling bikers because the route is largely downhill. However, it’s hardly a cruise through the park because the sometimes rough conditions work your arms and the mile-long climb out of Little Canyon is a little devil. But the sweeping panorama of Monitor and Merrimac buttes to the north, Gold Bar Rim to the east, and the La Sal Mountains and Behind the Rocks to the southeast outweigh any hardships endured.

What makes this route unique is that it places you on top of the namesake arches rather than making you crane your neck skyward from underneath. In fact, it’s easy to pass right by the bridges unknowingly. The fun comes when you step out onto their flat tops and peer into the acoustically resounding alcove below. Acrophobics might want to stay on the mainland. Later, the route wanders up the hanging valley of Little Canyon and to the rim of orange-brown cliffs that overlook Moab Canyon and Arches National Park. General location: The lower trailhead is 10 miles north of Moab; the upper trail is 24.5 miles north and west of Moab. Tread: Rock-studded and sand doubletracks.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 13.7
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: Spring (March into June) and Fall (September into November)
Trailhead Elevation: 6,000 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, 435-259-2100
Local Maps: USGS: Gold Bar Canyon, The Knoll, Merrimac Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Gemini Bridges

Recent Trail Reviews

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10/8/2000
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I TOOK MY 10 YR OLD SON AND 8 YR OLD DAUGHTER ON THIS TRAIL. THIS WAS THEIR FIRST MOAB EXPERIENCE. IT IS A GREAT TRAIL FOR BEGINEERS. THE BRIDGES ARE GREAT. THE RIDE IS EASY WITH ALMOST NO EXPOSED SECTIONS. GREAT FOR FAMILIES



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