Amasa Back Trail

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4x4 Trail
↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,900 ft
4,013
elevation (ft)
5.2
avg mph
210
ridden
73
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2:45
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.54 out of 5
About This Trail
added by AK_Dan Singletrack on March 9, 2006
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I dismissed this trail after first reading the description due to the elevation gain (aprox '1400) but a friend talked me into doing it and I am glad she did, what a great ride! This is a popular route with the crawler/jeep crowd so expect a few, the ones we encountered were friendly and not going fast enough to even make dust so they were not a problem. The climb in is very steady with only a couple really steep areas, the trail surface is mostly Sandstone and has many small ledges (less than 1 ft) and a few bigger ones.

Challenging and fun for experienced mountain bikers only a short bike ride from town. Lots of small technical spots with quite often many options for getting up and around, even a few walk sections so it had everything. Great country with awesome views all the way around. The trail winds up and over a ridge and then out to the edge of a cliff over 1000' above the Colorado River as it snakes its way towards the southwest. The ride back down is a great downhill run with many jumps, corners and drop offs, but you will remember where all the nasty ones are from the trip up, right?
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Phillychris498 on July 18, 2014
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Review: Very technical, but definitely the most fun I've had on a 4 by 4 road on my bike.

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Greg Heil on May 1, 2014
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Review: For a 4x4 road, this is a pretty fantastic ride. The views off the top, massive cliff-top riding, and the uber technical, ledgy descent, filled with endless drops and jumps, is an absolute riot! That said, the must-ride trails in this area are now Hymasa and Captain Ahab. DO IT!

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mike_d_1583 on March 7, 2014
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Review: Great trail with tons of technical stuff and multiple drop offs. Bring your body armor for this one. Make sure your bike is up for it, no cheap department store bikes will last.

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jkey6 on August 23, 2013
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Review: This trail is a fun climb with several techy sections to distract you from the grind. I was surprised when I saw the elevation gain after completing it. The way back down is a super fun choose-your-own-line adventure because of the width of the trail. I took Captain Ahab down and met up with Amasa Back towards the bottom but honestly I think I would have rather stuck to Amasa Back the whole time. Ahab is a great challenge but not as fast. I'll definitely hit this again next time I'm in Moab. Tip: as with all Moab trails, finish the climb before noon or you will cook.

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Gmoney2222 on April 22, 2013
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Review: Good flowy up hill to fast and smooth down hill. Good ride for the morning or afternoon if you are trying todo two rides in one day.

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ByronV on November 28, 2012
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Review: Very hard and fairly technical. Do it more for the challenge than for the fun. And make sure that you have a good bike with good suspension otherwise it will just be pain all the way.

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John Fisch on October 20, 2012
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Review: This trail will throw a lot at you in a fairly short distance. Be prepared to get highly anerobic or hiking right from the get go. The gnar never lasts too long and it's back in the saddle for the big climb. And all that gnar is way cool on the way back down. This is a great place to come if you like lots of step up sequences. On the way back down, you'll have hundreds of places to make that "do I roll it or do I huck it?" decision. Big climb, great scenery, wicked descent; what more could you want?

* Review edited 10/20/2012

Similar Trail: Porcupine Rim

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: Great ride with technical climbs and exposure. Crazy to see the 4-wheelers on the back side. Definitely something to see. We're all pretty intermediate riders and did well on the trail. Just know your limitations.

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toddmare on August 20, 2012
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Review: Wasn't sure what to expect since motos were allowed. I am glad I hit this trail and recommend it to everyone. Awesome views once you're on top and then coming back is spectacular technical fun riding.

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maddslacker on August 19, 2012
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Review: This is a fairly typical Moab are trail with a mix of jeep road, singletrack and slickrock; with some sand thrown in for good measure. Access it from the "upper" trailhead to avoid swimming across the river. (Just follow the jeeps) The trail has long rideable sections punctuated by crazy gnar. The XC guys will complain about the tech sections, the freeriders will hate the doubletrack big ring ring efforts, but all will be forgiven once everyone takes in the sweeping views fro the top!

Similar Trail: Poison Spider Mesa

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dzpd23 on April 10, 2012
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Review: Out and back. Nice trail. I've done it twice and don't need to do it again. Cool views and check out the porthole arch near the end.

Similar Trail: Magnificent 7

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getouttheretoo on March 10, 2012
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Review: Very technical trail get on it early to avoid the masses, and definitely ride the new extension, it's really fun, plenty of slickrock, and incrediby scenic.

Similar Trail: Porcupine Rim

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vyrpalmeris on October 27, 2011
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Review: Best trail in the Moab region, easily. Yes, better even than Porcupine Rim. It is a fun, engaging climb, and a fast, furious descent. Tons of ledges and slickrock, the scenery is fantastic, it really doesn't get much better than this. Don't go in summer.

Similar Trail: Slickrock Trail, Sovereign

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delphinide on June 12, 2011
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Review: Even if some of the more popular trails did not exist in Moab, this trail alone would be worth the drive to this area just to experience it. It is one heck of a climb with lots of techy uphill stuff, that becomes just as techy downhill. The view from the top is tremendous, and we worth the long haul heavenward.

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Badhen3 on June 7, 2011
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Review: Finaly rode this trial, after 5 previous trips to Moab, and can't believe I never rode it before. I think this is my new favorite Moab trail. The climbing was well worth it. Great trail to practice technical climbing on.

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Mac10Matt on May 8, 2011
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Review: Most enjoyable climbing I did while in Moab and a super-fun ride down. One of my top three trails there, although I still have a lot to explore. Fantastic views, even when compared to Whole Enchilada.

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pernicious on December 10, 2010
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Review: Fantastic views once you get to the top. Has some very technical sections, a former girlfriend broke two ribs and she was an excellent rider. Just be careful and enjoy.

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bigdrop46 on September 30, 2010
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Review: Ride this all the way to the top summit, then on the way down take the Circle Arch to the left and stay high. When you reach the Rock Stacker sign keep going straight to see the arch, then return to drop into the rock stacker section. At the next jctn. go left to drop into Jackson's Trail or climb up under the power poles to return to the main Amasaback trail to return down. They're all good, Rock Stacker has some tough obstacles, Jackson's is much harder than Amasaback to return down the mesa. You will get a full workout with any or all combos.

Similar Trail: Flat Pass - it's not flat! Gold Bar Rim - to the top of another mesa and back.

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kuala_tahan on May 10, 2010
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Review: Sweet trail. Good climb up, nothing killer, but steep sections and technical sections. Trail's got it all - climbs, great singletrack, slickrock, technical sections, huckability. Coming down take the two newer trails (Rockstepper, Jackson's?) and you get some gnarly downhill. Highly recommend this trail

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JackPompanoBeach on August 19, 2009
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Review: I rode this and it's a total blast! It is technical and climbing, but the climbs are sandstone and not too difficult. Spectacular scenery, and it would be killer downhill. We went up, and then caught the Jackson Trail (I think?) down, which was a death wish start to finish! At one point we had to climb off the bikes, and walk thru a river, then drag the bikes back up a rock face to get on the trail. When can I do it again??

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tsnsteelersfan on August 10, 2009
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Review: I think this is a must-ride for first-time Moab'ers, and it's on my top-ten list of all-time for sure. When I have dreams about mountain biking this is the trail that I dream about! Very technically challenging, but well worth the effort and exertion. If you're not a great technical rider set aside some extra time and practice here, as the red slickrock will make you feel like an expert (at least better than you were, anyway) in no time. I was a better rider at the end of the day my first time riding here. There's a great 'lunch rock' at the end of the trail with amazing views, and the ride back down is a blast, even in the pouring rain. Bring your rain gear even if it looks great, as the weather can change very quickly. If you go to Moab and don't ride Amasa Back you're missing out!

Similar Trail: Porcupine Rim

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tammyvh on May 24, 2009
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Review: Just out there last week and still a great ride and view at the top. That's why it's one of my favs.

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rich67 on May 13, 2009
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Review: Brutal! I am from Florida and I rode this today, but I started off in town and rode out on Kane Creek to the trailhead. The climb for me was more of a hike and bike, since there was no way I could get over some of the ledges. The trail is poorly marked in some areas; you have to be really aware of your surroundings. I got turned around and ended up on another trail, turned back, and still made it to the viewpoint. Well worth it! I had no more gas in the tank on the ride back into town. Either way, still a rewarding ride and the view is amazing.

Similar Trail: Mary's Loop, Fruita

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david_darling on May 4, 2009
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Review: One of my all time Moab favorites. Great technical steep climb at start then flattens out a bit before the grunt to the view point overlooking potash plant below.Great views and awesome challenges, ripping descent. A classic.

Similar Trail: Moab Rim, Porcupine Rim, Poison Spider Mesa

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TMWJR777 on May 1, 2009
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Review: What can I say...I was dissapointed when I showed up here the first time and saw it was more a jeep/4x4 road than a trail. But I was more than pleasantly surprised once I rode it. The downhill on the way back is a blast.

Similar Trail: Moab Rim, Porcupine Rim

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Beaker on April 8, 2008
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Review: This is my favorite "short" trail in Moab. It's one of the the "must-do" rides in the area. The downhill of this ride is one of the 'funnest' you'll do. It is a fairly easy grade so the work you do to get to the top is not very much and the payoff is awesome!

Similar Trail: Porcupine Rim/Hazzard County

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BobinConifer on September 5, 2007
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Review: Fun ride that's a relatively easy up and back with some great views at the top looking off of a HUGE cliff down to the Colorado River. This is a pretty popular jeeping road. There are a lot of big drops and a lot of travel will definitely make this ride more enjoyable. One time I rode this with 3 friends and 3 or us ended up losing skin! Partly because we were trying to make it as hard as possible and retrying failed attempts until we either made it or got hurt trying...

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odogtriever on May 11, 2006
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Review: Just ride it, you'll like it. some good slickrock benches to add a fun challange.

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