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Portal Trail

Average Rating:    (4.19 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 53

ungodly downhill, most fun and most deadly !!!
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Latitude
38.55393810099159
Longitude
-109.59634780883789
Trail Directions
this trail connects to poison spider mesa as the downhill component
Trail Length
2miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Moab
   


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Review Date
October 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gjsnowboarder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Started up poison spider and connected to the Portal Trail. There is a lot of sand on this trail and you are for the most part climbing the whole way. I probably won't do this trail again as a loop unless in the other direction as the downhill section is really short and probably not worth the length of climbing it took. The downhill section after the extreme exposure is all doable for an experienced rider. It is just plain stupid to try several technical sections on the exposure. Risk level not worth it. And if you think it is, well that is between you and your maker. At this time of year definetly recommend you pack a jacket. We got snowed on close to the top.

Recommended Route:
Started up poison spider and connected to Portal Trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sovereign Trail, Hasard County, Slickrock, Amasaback, etc. Also check out the Grand Junction area for some good riding. 1 1/2 hours away.



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Review Date
September 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Cabin Fever ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is one of a kind, and totally worth doing to complete Poison Spider as a loop. as for the exposed section, it wouldn't be all that difficult to ride if it weren't for the death just inches away. if you think you're so awesome and hardcore because you can ride it all, good for you. i chose to walk it, and i and fine with that. once past the exposed section, the descent down to the river is friggin awesome! i don't care what anyone else says, it IS an extremely technical descent. it is also extremely fun! i had such a blast when i rode it; i got to the end and just reveled at what i had just accomplished.

Recommended Route:
down

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



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Review Date
June 3, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: toonces ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
getting to the trail via poison spider mesa sucked. like lots of good trails, tho, there is fun at the end.

the first part of portal is fairly easy with a couple of natty switchbacks in the beginning then a bit of simple singletrack with a few technical ups and downs. the middle section that is truly truly exposed is really up to the rider as far as how it's rated.

it's the part past the overlook that really rocks. lots of steep switchbacks with big rocks thrown in to keep you on your toes and brakes (or off them if you want to stay behind your bike). there are spots to open it up too so it's not all clench-fisted riding to the bottom. not really for beginners or those that like to ride with one foot down. if you're into nice technical singletrack, you'll be delighted.

Recommended Route:
whatever is fastest or slog through poison spider.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
all of em at least once.



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Review Date
May 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: bray , from Edwards, Colorado

Summary:
For the accomplished technical rider, or guys on big bikes, this ride would be a blast. It is steep, it is exposed, it is 100% rideable, (for an elite few). For anyone else, I would advise you to skip this one. It takes a lot of work to get to the top of this ride, and for a downhill that was quite short, I didn't think it was worth it. I am a pretty competent rider, but I was able to ride only about 2/3 of it, and could have maybe done more, but some obstacles are just plain stupid for most people. Fact is, if you aren't a technical hardman or on a big bike, you won't have a lot of fun on this trail... unless you like walking.
Dangerous? Yes. But the exposure hype and danger were not nearly what I was expecting. Be smart and walk around the couple of exposed spots and live to ride another day.
As Chris from B.C. said, "funny how some people rate this ride differently". I would agree and urge readers to disregard the di*kswinging that some reviewers below are doing. Claiming that the ride is mostly smooth or easy is a childish attempt to make yourself look "core". Yes, there are harder rides, but this one has many spots that even the best riders in the world would be challenged by. Intermeditate in B.C.? I've never been there, but would say that I don't need to if that is the case.
In short, be smart if you "have" to do the Portal Trail. We were riding behind this guy from Vancouver on his first day of a Moab vacation and watched him try a crazy boulder stairstep squeeze on his RM Element. Ass over teakettle he went and ended up with a dislocated elbow and a very sad look on his face. Not a good way to start your Moab trip.

Recommended Route:
Poison Spider to Portal. I suppose Gold Bar to Portal might be OK, too.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Porcupine, Slickrock, Sovereign Trail



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Review Date
March 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Menny , from SLC

Summary:
This trail is great. The views are fantastic and the ride is pretty technical and challenging. However, it can definitely leave you with some anxiety if you think about it. As many have stated, the first part is exposed to a tall cliff (after the first 60 to 80 feet what difference does it make, you are going to die) that can make you very nervous. Especially if you have vertigo. I do but didn't feel it on the bike but I walked where it said to walk. The sections are not that bad but not worth the risk of dying. After the lookout the trail gets fun with a pretty steep incline and lots of obstacles in the form of rocks and drops. It is all rideable on a hardtail with some trials skills. We did it on single speeds with 80 mm forks (no one was tough/stupid enough to do it rigid). Of our group of 5 the tally was about 12 touches and 1 endo (ouch). This trail has some very good stuff for many riders. Don't do it unless you know your bike and feel good about your skills. If you think this is too easy, ride it rigid. I am thinking about the cyclocross next time.

Recommended Route:
Did it from the bottom of Poision Spider and from the beginning of the Gold Bar Rim.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Moab Rim, Porqupine, Amasa Back, Slickrock (grudgingly), Poison Spider, Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike



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