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Gold Bar Rim to Portal

Average Rating:    (4.86 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Starts with a long climb on a Jeep road. Next section is ad lib cairn-to-cairn on rocky ledge to the top of the Portal trail. Portal has a 1/2 mile of the most exposed and narrow trail you'll ever ride followed by a rugged, steep, rocky descent. Not for the faint of heart.
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Latitude
38.238180119798635
Longitude
-110.654296875
Trail Directions
Get a map at a Moab bike shop. Bring plenty of food and water - the middle section along the rim isn't a trail, you feel your way along it.
Trail Length
25 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Moab
   


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Review Date
March 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: stpcrkr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is frickin awesome if you like dropping 3-4 foot ledges on the fly. If that's not your cup of tea you will spend a lot of time walking and scouting. The views of the La Sals, Colorado River, and Moab are amazing.

Recommended Route:
It's easier than it used to be, follow the jeep road to the rim, then follow the blue dots. If you lose the blue dots stay high, close to the rim. Take portal down, there are a few spots to walk if it scares you.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Porcupine Rim, Amasa Back



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Review Date
November 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: splatte ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Interesting technical riding, routefinding, and great views combine to make this my favorite trail in the Moab area. Rarely do I see more than a handfull of people the whole way. This is simply a combination of several different rides. The tricky part is keeping the blue dots in sight along the Gold Bar Rim and not getting sucked down the jeep trail too early. Be patient and avoid other's route finding mistakes.

Recommended Route:
From town ride out Potash Rd. to the Poison Spider TH. Follow white painted jeeps up to the top of the rim and Portal trail. Head north along Gold Bar Rim, keep an eye out for the painted blue dots until dropping down to Gemini Bridges road and Hwy 191. Follow bike path and Old Moab Hwy back to town. About 40 miles total. Check out map of route.

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/5135924



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Review Date
April 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Chris , from Edmonds, WA

Summary:
This is a very scenic trail with a medium amount of technical challenges. There are fantastic views in every direction. Look for opportunities to site see and forget all the talk about cairns. Idiots have built cairns all over the place. Follow the trail markers, signs and watch for tire marks.

Recommended Route:
Pick up a Falcon Guide or Moab West map and follow the directions. The ride description from each source is more vague than it needs to be. Follow the directions to Gold Bar Rim. When you get to the first overlook of the highway into town (HWY 191) you will need to back track a hundred yards and follow the markings for the Golden Spike Trail. The Portal trail is very clearly marked with a sign and it is very obvious based on the tire tracks heading up a slickrock hillside. As the guidebook says, it's in a sandy wash. A Big sandy wash. Begin to look for it after a decent and approaching the base of Poison Spider Mesa.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of them



Comments
Big_Blue (06/04/2009)
There's a big difference between the Golden Spike trail and "Blue Dot" trail. Your description is absolutely incorrect for the people trying to do blue dot. You have to stay close to the rim and follow the blue dots (obviously) and cairns. This is a bike only single track route as opposed to the jeep and moto route that is golden spike.
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Review Date
October 16, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Randall , from Roseville, CA

Summary:
Pick up a Cheap is Real map for $1 in local bike shop. First third of ride is wide road and sand then you enter slickrock. Great views when you get up on the rim. Didn't do Portal since BLM discourages it and I've heard that it is mostly hike a bike.

Recommended Route:
Start at Gemini Bridges trailhead and head toward Colorado River via the rim. About midway into the ride after a short sandy section you will come to a fairly steep uphill ignore the spur on the right and climb the cairns on your left until you see the trail. Gold Bar (three white bars on rocks) will eventually become Gold Spike (white railroad spike) and will take you to the start of the Portal trail or take Poison Spider down to the river.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Amasa Back, P-pine, and Slickrock



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Review Date
June 21, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: pm , from ct

Summary:
This route is quite the adventure. Great rock riding
some sandy sections, even some great wildlife viewing if that kind of thing turns you on.. Ending with the portal downhill makes the end of the day stellar!

Recommended Route:
Take gemini bridges trail, to goldbar to portal (one way ride if you have an extra car)
see www.bikerag.com for topo map and pictures!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
porcupine rim



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