Poison Spider Mesa

Moab, Utah

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This 12-mile out-and-back (6 miles each way)—like Ride 21, Amasa Back—is a good choice to tackle if you’re new to Moab riding as a hint of what’s to come on legendary rides like the Slickrock and Porcupine Rim trails. Thanks largely to the inaugural climb, the ride is aerobically challenging but not a killer; meanwhile, the sand and slickrock ledges (including one that’s particularly memorable) offer some real technical challenges, but they don’t just keep coming at you, as is the case on some area rides. Riding surfaces include sand, slickrock, and eroded and loose-surfaced four-wheel-drive road. There’s cactus, too, and the bite of the prickly pear can be severe for those who go down buns first.General location: Southwest of Moab on the opposite side of the Colorado River.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 12-mile out-and-back (6 miles each way)—like Ride 21, Amasa Back—is a good choice to tackle if you’re new to Moab riding as a hint of what’s to come on legendary rides like the Slickrock and Porcupine Rim trails. Thanks largely to the inaugural climb, the ride is aerobically challenging but not a killer; meanwhile, the sand and slickrock ledges (including one that’s particularly memorable) offer some real technical challenges, but they don’t just keep coming at you, as is the case on some area rides.

Riding surfaces include sand, slickrock, and eroded and loose-surfaced four-wheel-drive road. There’s cactus, too, and the bite of the prickly pear can be severe for those who go down buns first.General location: Southwest of Moab on the opposite side of the Colorado River.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: March through mid-May; September through November
Local Contacts: Moab Multi-Agency Information Center, 435-259-8825
Local Maps: Moab Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Poison Spider Mesa

Recent Trail Reviews

4/30/2004
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This is a fantastic ride. The jeep road that leads to the mesa is fun and challenging at times. The mesa at the top includes some really fun slickrock sections. You can do this ride as an out and back or as a loop by desending the Portal Trail. Much of the Portal Trail is not ridable, so I highly recommend doing this as an out and back. Use the rim as your turn around point, if if you want to get a sense of what the Portal Trail is like, ride the first half mile or so, then turn around and ride back the same way you came.


3/28/2002
0

The start of this out & back (I'm not a good enough rider to even think about taking the Portal section back to Moab) is always a killer - up & up & up with some sand mixed in. I've always seen a fair amount of jeep traffic on this trail & enjoy watching them negotiate some of the drops. Once you get out on top though there are wonderful views & lots of slickrock to play on. And of course the ride back is downhill!



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