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Amasa Back

Average Rating:    (4.34 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 64

This is the best short ride in the Moab Area. If you are arriving in Moab late in the afternoon and want to get in a quick ride, drive to the trailhead and do this one. This out-and-back trail offers some technical ledge climbs and lots of slickrock near the apex. The views of Jackson Hole (a large butte) and the Colorado River are amazing. A sandy spur at 2.4 miles from the trailhead (8.3 miles from Moab) also goes out to a must-see view.
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Latitude
38.51553437069344
Longitude
-109.60304260253906
Trail Directions
From the intersection of Main St. and Kane Creek Road (McDonalds is on the SW corner) head west. At approximately 2.8 miles you will pass the Moab Rim Trail on the left. Look for the Amasa Back Trail sign on the right at about 5.9 miles. The trail descends to the creekbed before climbing up a series of rocky ledges. Be sure to pick up the excellent Moab West map produced by Latitude 40 for more details.
Trail Length
10 miles from the trailhead - can be extended to 25+ if you start riding from town, do the optional spur and some exploring topside.
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Moab
   


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Review Date
October 1, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike McC ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Amasa back area has several trail networks. I recently road up Amasa back and then looped over and came down captain A-hab. It was an awesome loop. The trail is technical, but not overwhelming. It has a better flow on the downhill portion than i expected. There were a few sections that I was white-knuckling, but I have only ridden the A-hab down once, so that is sorta to be expected. I rode it all on my 12 year old hard-tail with only 80 mm of travel, and wasn't supper beat up at the end surprisingly. The trail has an awesome variety of riding, always a new surprise around every bend.

Recommended Route:
I would recommend this to people who are in moderate to good physical condition. Amasa back on its own could be a good out and back for anybody, but to do the Amasa to A-hab loop you need to be in tolerable condition. I really enjoyed the scenic views, and the exposed lines coming down A-hab. They wouldn't bode well with those who are greatly afraid of heights.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I enjoy just about any trail in Moab, as long as I'm on a bike I'm happy.



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Review Date
September 11, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: feltbloomovsteel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
i've ridden Amasa Back a few times this year and like many others i highly recommend it but i wanted to add a review that included the loop option that goes along the other side of the 'billboard'. i always ride Amasa all the way up, going left at JacksonJunction and biking up to the slickrock ledge that provides a great lookout to the south. from there you can retrace the trail back to Jackson Junction and go north. from there the trail is fluid and mostly flat, you are now on the west side of the Billboard (which is just a high rock wall that runs along most of the Amasa Back trail). after a mile or two you will reach a junction, going staight will take you on an out an back to Pothole Arch. it is some up and down slick rock stuff. Pothole Arch is just a hole in the rock, i was not impressed but i was riding in early August with the temp. over 105 degrees (i should note here that at this time of year i saw no-one on any trails as the heat is quite dangerous. i had to take breaks every few miles to cool down in the shade and regain my composure. dehydration and loss of focus were the major issues. so this far into the ride at this temp, i was needing much more of a site for motivation). when you return from the Pothole "Arch", you'll come back to the junction you went straight at and now you will go right, thus hopping onto the east side of the Billboard. i believe this is called Rock Stack trail because it is mostly marked by stacks of rocks that are very useful guides. i would rate this section as highly difficult as there are numerous drops that are over 3 feet. it is thus only rideable if you can do these extreme drops, else wise you will be lugging your bike a bit like i did. the trail also has exposure as you are riding above the Colorado river and mostly following a ledge, though it is not a sheer drop but you would probably go rolling for quite awhile. a couple of miles in you'll come to a turn off to the right that will take you back over to Amasa Back trail at Jackson Junction. if you go strait staying on the Rock Stacker trail you continue with more of the same drops and exposure all the way down to the Colorado river. the end of this loop comes out on Kane Creek road right near where the pavement ends (as apposed to doing Amasa Back as an out'n back where you would finish 2 miles or more up the dirt section of Kane Creek road).

Recommended Route:
i would take Amasa Back as an out and back. its very wonderful. i did get 2 pinch flats on my last ride there so upping the tire pressure was a benefit for me. on the loop ride in august i ran out of water, i had brought 2 liters with me and it was not enough.



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Review Date
July 8, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: rpalmer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a sick trail. The climb is a good workout but nothing to be scared of if you aren't in the best shape. Climbing on slickrock is actually pretty fun to me, and the scenery is some of the best in Moab (saying a lot there). Its just an out-and-back ride that has some spur options, like Jacob's Ladder, but I would personally recommend you use Jacob's Ladder to come UP rather than go DOWN. There are several ride options at the bottom of Jacob's Ladder that are worth doing, but as far as the Amasa Back ride is concerned, you will love the tech sections, quick steep ups and downs, and a rocking downhill with more jumps and ledges than you can count. I personally think this is the best downhill in Moab (better than Porcupine -- fewer sandy spots, more slickrock). Of the "big 4" rides in Moab (Slickrock Trail, Amasa Back, Sovereign, and Porcupine Rim), Amasa Back ranks 2nd to me behind Slickrock.

Recommended Route:
Just ride to the top and then bomb it back down to your car! Park at the parking lot in Kane Creek Canyon and the signage to the trail is easy to follow.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Slickrock Trail (one of the greatest trails on God's Red Earth), Sovereign, Monitor & Merrimac (short but fun), Klondike Bluffs



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Review Date
January 5, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mac5 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've only ridden this trail once, back in February 2002 (during the Salt Lake Olympics). We were pretty much the only ones on the trail that day (I think we saw two other people). What an awesome ride! I rode it with a hardtail, so I wasn't able to enjoy all of the drops, but still a blast to ride! I will finally return in April after a 5 year layoff, now equipped with a full suspension bike to really be able to enjoy the trail!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Slickrock, of course! Monitor and Merrimac is a pretty good ride too! (especially for beginners or the less extreme)



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Review Date
September 17, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Sidi762 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Amassa Back section is awesome but DO NOT descend on the Jackson Hole spur. It is almost completely unridable with considerable erosion damage. Go back the way you came and you will have a ball. We climbed all the way to the overlook and got no pay back becasue we took the Jackson Hole. It was like carrying your bike on your back down a narrow, steep stairwell in a skyscraper. Also beware the "goathead thorns" in and near the parking lot. We all got flats and one guy had so many he just bought new tires.

Recommended Route:
Out and back on Amassa.....stay clear of the Jackson Hole downhill spur trail!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sovereign Sgltrk, Porcupine Rim,



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