Amasa Back Trail

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4.55 out of 5
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11
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4x4 Trail
↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,900 ft
4,013
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Out & Back
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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?
added by AK_DanSingletrack March 9, 2006
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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January 31, 2015
 
Review: Absolutely epic. Scenic mountain biking at its finest, this place is a dream come true as far as beauty. Does require the rider to be in good shape but pretty much all the trails in Moab do so you know what to expect as far as technical and climbing. Can't wait to go back!

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July 18, 2014
 
Review: Very technical, but definitely the most fun I've had on a 4 by 4 road on my bike.

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May 1, 2014
 
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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March 7, 2014
 
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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August 23, 2013
 
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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April 22, 2013
 
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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November 28, 2012
 
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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October 20, 2012
 
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?

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August 20, 2012
 
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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August 20, 2012
 
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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Amasa Back Trail MTB Trail 4.55 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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