We checked out the now 5 year old Captain Ahab trail that is now accessed by climbing up HyMasa. Previously you had to climb the old jeep road Amasa Back to access Rockstacker, Pot Hole Arch and Jacksons. This climb allows you a nicer trail to access this area as well as the newer Captain Ahab trail. We then rode the classic Mag7 shuttle ending on Blue Dot and Portal Trail. We booked the shuttle through Moab Cyclery. The Mag7 route also has some newer sections of trail, the Gold Bar climb sucks as ever and Blue Dot is a scenic and techy as I remember, unfortunately Portal trail seems to be taking more of a beating. Our third Moab ride was in the Navajo Rocks area. Navajo Rocks is in the same area as Mag7 but a loop that can be ridden clockwise, counter clockwise or as a figure 8. All the trails can be ridden in either direction and the views are breath taking and slickrock riding is great for all levels. The Big Mesa area used to be a rustic campground that we stayed at 25 years ago, the area where we camped at is now closed but another area has been created for free camping. The Big Mesa trail is pretty hard to beat for scenery!
Captain Ahab Trailsforks Ridelog
Parking lot for Hymasa climb
Trail head and good maps and signage
Climbing some sections of Amasa Back
Some techy climbing on Captain Ahab
Small hucks that can be rolled
Techy rock moves
Well Routed Trail!
We booked a shuttle through Moab Cyclery for 10:30. They have regular shuttles to this area as well as to Porcupine Rim or as high as they can drive. This got us on the trail for 11:30 for this 5 hour scenic ride.
Loading up the van
Again great signage by Trail Mix
OMG More views!
Resting in the shade before the next push up to Blue Dot
Grunt up Gold Bar
Top of Blue Dot, did I mention the views?
Riding the rim
Some techy downs
Lee on the rim
More techy downs
Benet’s first time on Portal!
Techy Portal chunder
Benet’s happy he made it down the Portal tech!
This area was built in 2014, it snakes through slickrock mesas and fragile cryptobiotic soil. It consists of punchy climbs, long climbs, easy climbs with fast flowy, some techy descents. Basically it has it all! But on the scale of technical Moab riding I’d put in the intermediate catagory. This is a great loop that you should take your time on. The Big Mesa trail is the icing on the cake of this ride. Enjoy the view and take it all in. It truly is a magical section of trail. We did this ride from Rocky Tops, clockwise to Rambling.
Rocky Tops trailhead. Sorry No Ebikes on BLM land because they have a motor.
Sidehill, YES your tires will stick!
View of Monitor and Merrimac Buttes
Well marked and signed trails
Finish up on Ramblin.
We then spent another evening hiking in Arches. When you buy your pass for $10.00 its good for a week!