Mountain Biking Moab
by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)
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The coolest ride in Moab if you like technical ups and downs. Wanna launch? You got it. Trial finding used to be really tough, but it is much better marked now. My friends call it the Blue Dot Trail. Have only been down Portal, but descending on Poison Spider would be a nice change. It is a commitment and if you are in shape ride the whole loop. coming down portal it was about 22 miles.
You can cough up a lung on this one. Seem steep climbs and great decents. Awesome views. This is a must do if your in good shape and a good rider. Bring lots o fluids. Its a good one to do if you start w/ gemini bridges, then do Gold bar to the portal trail. good 6 hour ride or so. you will need have a car to take back to get the one you dropped off at gemini. course you could ride it back if your really sick
I underestimated this ride by the seemingly short distance on the map. After doing the Gemini Bridges ride, I suggested my group take the Gold Bar to the dangerous Poison Spider Portal. Gold Bar Rim kicked our butts. It took so long to get to the Portal, that we rode by it in the dark. About to give up, and gathering our survival supplies for a cold exposed night in the desert, we decided to backtrack to a spot where we could see the lights of Moab over the rim, and bam! we spotted our portal. We did the treacherous descent at 10 PM without lights (but the night sky partially lit the way. My group hated my guts. I can't wait to do it again. If you do this trail, bring a helmet and some survival crap just in case.
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