Amasa Back

Moab, Utah 84532

Amasa Back

Amasa Back Professional Review and Guide

"Amasa Back is a thumb-shaped mesa bound on three sides by a gooseneck bend in the Colorado River. Over millions of years, the Colorado River shaped this landlocked peninsula. Within a short span of geologic time to come, the river will undoubtedly bisect the Back as the waterway forever seeks the shortest route to the Pacific Ocean. Amasa will then exist as a rincon encircled by a silted-in moat of the Colorado’s abandoned meander.

Amasa Back is a relatively short ride that packs a wallop, but in the most endearing way. On the initial climb, you’ll reach deep into your bag of two-wheel stunts to pull off a variety of maneuvers needed to clear the many technical tricks along the way. Tread: 1.2 miles of light duty dirt, gravel, and washboard road; 3 miles of identifiable doubletrack; 1.4 miles of create as you go broken slickrock."

Amasa Back Reviews

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The first 3/4 mile of this trail has some very technical sections that will challenge all but the most skilled bikers. A short distance after the stream crossing the difficulty decreases and views get better. You will be challenged by sections along the way, but on the whole the difficulty remained manageable for me (limit experience and riding a bike w/o any suspension). When you near the rim the grade levels out and the riding gets much easier as you approach a viewpoint that affords a great view of a valley and fertilizer (?) plant (yech!!).

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Spring (March into June) and Fall (September into November)
4,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,100 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, 435-259-2100
Local Contacts
USGS: Gold Bar Canyon and Moab
Local Maps

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Jul 2018