Amasa Back

Moab, Utah

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3 Reviews
5 out of 5
You'll want to watch the first 100 feet of this trail. It can ruin your ride in a hurry. The entire trail should be approached with respect. It's short, but it's a grunt with technical challenges thrown in here and there, some on the edge of a 500-foot cliff. Ledges drop into deep sand at points. It asks for speed and can surprise you as you round a corner. The ride from here can be extremely rewarding for a very experienced riders with a good sense of direction and maybe a guide. There is petroglyph panel worthy of a visit, but the riding just gets harder from this viewpoint as you climb on the very technical slickrock onto the huge sandstone monolith that is Amasa Back. Don't even think about the singletrack that goes down the backside.
Mountain Biking Moab

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Mountain Biking Moab

by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)

You'll want to watch the first 100 feet of this trail. It can ruin your ride in a hurry. The entire trail should be approached with respect. It's short, but it's a grunt with technical challenges thrown in here and there, some on the edge of a 500-foot cliff.

Ledges drop into deep sand at points. It asks for speed and can surprise you as you round a corner. The ride from here can be extremely rewarding for a very experienced riders with a good sense of direction and maybe a guide. There is petroglyph panel worthy of a visit, but the riding just gets harder from this viewpoint as you climb on the very technical slickrock onto the huge sandstone monolith that is Amasa Back. Don't even think about the singletrack that goes down the backside.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 11.2
Elevation Gain: 3,569 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round but best spring & fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,800 feet
Local Contacts: Moab Bike Patrol, c/o BLM, 435-259-2196
Local Maps: USGS Moab and Gold Bar Canyon; Moab West Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Amasa Back

Recent Trail Reviews

6/2/2007
0

this is 3rd after porcupine and slickrock! Unique, spectacular, but it'll kick your but.


3/18/2002
0

A strenuous out & back. The start of this trail is a killer. First a steep loose downhill to the creek, the creek crossing & then the climb along ledges. But when you finally top out you'll find great views & slickrock to play on. Total mileage is 10 to ll miles with 1000 feet of climb.


2/22/2002
0

Even though this is an out and back, both directions seemed completely different. Going out is a steady climb, but on my old hardtail it didn't seem so bad. It was even enjoyable for a long climb. The views throughout were great, but the views at the end were amazing! The return ride was AWESOME! Probably even more fun than Slickrock, but the climbing puts it behind Slickrock for me. I hope to head back soon with my newer Stumpjumper FSR to really enjoy the ledges and drops and rocky areas of this trail.



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