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Poison Spider Mesa

Average Rating:    (3.35 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 37

I have only visited moab once and this was my favorite ride. You start at the bottom and ride up. This trail has everything. A steep rocky fire road, then some sand pits, steep slick-rock type rolling hills (big ones) try not to get lost at this point in the ride, I almost did, then some moderate double track to the top of the trail. From there you ride down on the face of a cliff. It is pretty far-out to be riding down steep boulders which swichback and all the while having a 1000ft drop to your side. You could lose your balance and die on parts of this ride! It was great... and at the end of the trail you can leave your comments in a sign-out box. Oh yeah... people stack rocks up at the top of the trail.
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Latitude
38.565079401130205
Longitude
-109.5889663696289
Trail Directions
Up that road which follows the river. Get a map.
Trail Length
? miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Moab
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Review Date
December 14, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: frickinGUY ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
it was like a walk on the beach. you will literally be walking your bike on sand, and there's lots of it. there were some fun sections that would be way more fun minus the jeep tire track marks that make the rocks very slippery. there's better trails in Moab but if you decide to do this trail you owe it yourself to go down the Portal. sure its scary and if you fall you could die but if you climbed up this stupid trail you'd know that going back down the sand just sounds terrible.

Recommended Route:
from the parking lot, slap your self on the a$$, pack your stuff back up and go elsewhere.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
amasa back, porcupine rim, slick rock



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Review Date
August 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: danielrichards ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Riding this trail by itself coming from anywhere in the country this would be mind blowing it. Riding it after a week of other spectacular Moab/Canyon Land rides and it leaves a lot to be desired. Too much bike and hike, not enough rythm riding. There are way better trails that you can do to see either slick rock or scenery. If you are limited in the amount of time you have in Moab don't waste your time.

Recommended Route:
It's marked pretty well until you get towards the end and on the more consitant slick rock. If you are only getting about a hundred yards at a time of riding before having to get off your bike to walk through sand you are going the right way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Slick Rock is a blast, Porcupine Ridge is a good time if you have a way to shuttle it. For scenery White Rim trail is about as good as it gets.



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Review Date
May 4, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: drlg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A few fun sections, several hike-a-bike sections (sand), alot of fairly dull riding (dirt roads, uninspiring slickrock). Great views and scenery save this trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sovereign, Amasa Back



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Review Date
November 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: aword4you ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail in Mid-October when we were there (in the midst of the most rain ever in Moab, a few days before the 24 Hour race was cancelled/put on hold etc). It was a day and a half after the rain stopped, weather was perfect. Some puddles, but the sand was just as bad as ever, i imagine. There are hike-a-bikes due to it, but the trail is cool otherwise. Follow the white paint jeeps. The scenery is beautiful and the rocks/ledges are fun. Good slick rock sections and a great viewing area if you climb up. We didn't take the Portal trail down, just turned around and went down the Poison Spider trail.

Recommended Route:
Followed a route in a Moab trail book. Most of the bike shops also have cheap maps that are one page and less than a buck. A map isn't necessary, but there are a few trail intersections.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Slickrock, Porcupine Rim, Fruita trails



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Review Date
September 21, 2004

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: Cabin Fever ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
you'll find some people say that the sand kills this ride, and others that say it doesn't. after all the hype i heard about this trail being sandy as sh*t, i was aactually surprised to find LESS sand than i was expecting, and i rode it when it was about as dry as it can get. granted, there were several sandy sections that required some lengthy hike-a-bike, but i would say this: if you haven't ridden it, give it at least the benefit of the doubt and ride it once, then decide. you will get frustrated, but if you don't ride it, you'll be missing a lotof cool stuff. i think that it was pretty decent otherwise. then of course, making it a loop via Portal was just awesome. definitely do Portal.

Recommended Route:
up to portal, then don to potash and back

Other recommended trails in the same area:
all of 'em



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