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Level: Advanced
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +0/ -145 ft
Total: 28 riders

Mountain Biking Jackson Trail

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#163 of 694 mountain bike trails in Utah
#4,276 in the world

After climbing Amasa Back there is a trail on the right that will take you to Jackson's singletrack. This trail hugs the slickrock bench above the Colorado River and brings you to the edge literally. There are sections of trail here that even experts will walk. Super steep switchbacks that are right on the edge of death or serious injury if not negotiated perfectly.Trail length is 2.2 miles.

First added by david_darling on May 8, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Moab going south on Hwy 191 turn right onto Kane Creek Rd. ( there is a McDonald's on the corner) and stay left or straight when the road turns to the right and follow to the Amasa Back TH parking. There will be signs to get you there.
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  • Chris Daniels

    Meh... Jackson is okay. Amazing views of the river, cool bench-cut trail, and yes, as others have said, near impossible switchbacks but only a few towards the end you can just scamper down afoot. Something should be done about the river at the end. If it's high, you're kind of screwed. Luckily for us, it was low enough at the end of March to cross.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    I thought this trail was absolutely fantastic! You most definitely need to ride it from the top, but since I rode this in late fall, there were no issues with the river crossing at the bottom. I thought the entire trail was very rideable, although I did walk one, steep section to be on the safe side. Aside from that one dismount, I thought the rest of the singletrack rode fabulously, with drop-dead-gorgeous scenery! I'd highly recommend this trail to the intrepid technical mountain biker.

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  • nicegbert

    Careful of the river, I climbed Hymasa to Amasa and down Jackson. Dismounted frequently due to exposure...got to the bottom and the river had flooded the exit with 15' of water. My bike doesn't float so I had to hike-a-bike back up; not fun. I'd stick with Hymasa to Captain Ahab or Hymasa as an out 'n back. Both those options are epic!

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  • gunnisonbrown

    I rode this trail with my two teenage sons. It is definitely technical and pretty hairy in spots. We had to walk several rocky spots and descend a very steep, loose switchback. I'm not sure I'd choose to do this trail again.

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  • david_darling

    Very technical singletrack atop a slickrock bench above the Colorado River. Many drops and tight turns with some scary hairball switchbacks. Most will hike the gnarly sections and even that is a challenge.

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