Captain Ahab

4.91 out of 5
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↑ 600 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Ahab is a little under 4 miles of singletrack slick rock climbs and drops interspersed with small sections of dirt singletrack. It is rated as a double-black diamond trail and is quite technical. Everything is rideable; most drops roll right off though some may seem intimidating. There is a section of cliff exposure but it's not nearly as exposed as some other trails in the area and is easily walkable. This trail is SICK!!!

At the end you'll meet back up with the Amasa Back trail and ride it back to the entrance, hike out and head back to your car.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (23)


January 16, 2019
Review: This is in the Amasa Back Area and it is one of the best trails I've ever ridden. It is gnarly, chucky slickrock that is still somehow flowy. Also the scenery is epic. I used Hymasa to get to the beginning.

Bunny Hop

May 29, 2018
Review: This trail is part of the Amasa Back Area and has to be accessed by climbing up an intermediate trail, but it is the gem of the trails in the system. I did a review on the amasa back area that is more descriptive but this is truly an amazing trail. I don't think this trail should be separated from the Amasa back area since it is the MAIN TRAIL. its 2 trails that make one loop with some options to go ride to some view points, or leave the area. One blue up and one black diamond down.

World Champ

September 29, 2017
Review: It's best ridden as a loop, climbing up Hymasa Trail to join Captain Ahab near the top...

The Hymasa Trail is magnificent advanced climbing singletrack. There are lots of rock steps and lots of short steep pinches you have to punch up. When you reach Captain Ahab you continue climbing for a while - only steeper and more challenging. Captain Ahab is a double black diamond trail! It is relentlessly and intensely technical with steep ups, steep downs, rock steps, rock drops, side exposure, rock gardens and very little easy going. Expert riders will be in nirvana. Advanced riders will probably survive with some dabbing and walking.


May 22, 2017
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: I like this trail. Some drops, slight exposure and absolute fun from top to bottom.

Granny Gear

May 8, 2017
Review: Words do not do it justice. Go ride it for yourself!

Similar Trail: South Rim on Gooseberry mixed with Porcupine Rim


April 3, 2017
Review: A phenomenal trail. All rock. Very technical. Recommend expert riders only. Pretty much everything is rollable, but there are plenty of small 2-3 ft drops. Exposure in places. Very easy to hurt yourself out here. Bring your big bike for big smiles.


October 12, 2016
Review: Technical mountain biking at its finest. The uphill sections are demanding and the downhill requires focus. If you like to be challenged then this trail is for you. It does have flow but does require skill. I think every mountain biker should test themselves on this trail at some point.

Granny Gear

August 30, 2016
Review: Kudos to the trail makers. Pure awesomeness throughout.


April 10, 2016
Jon_Gotow Epic  
Review: Ahab is beautifully laid out and an absolute blast to ride!


April 7, 2016
Review: Rode Hymasa up to a small connector putting us on the halfway point of Ahab. I was told the full Ahab wasn't worth it, rather doing two half Ahabs was a better use of our time and energy.

Captain Ahab MTB Trail 4.91 out of 5 based on 23 ratings. 23 user reviews.
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