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Amasa Trail Race 10k


A spring ~10k trail race through vibrant red rock canyons.

Trail Running Moderate

10 km
331 m
331 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
1.4 km
Amasa Trail Race 10k Map

Presented by Mad Moose Events, the Amasa Trail Race is one of the best ways to explore "one of Moab's most prized trail systems." Held every spring, this beautiful course explores vibrant red rock canyons, ancient petroglyphs, and awards commanding views of the Colorado River At times, you can even snag some views of the distant snow-capped La Sals.


Whether you're in town to race or looking for a 1 - 2 hour trail run, this course is accessible year round and a great introduction to Amasa Back. While the loop begins along 4x4 jeep roads, they are far from easy. Expect plenty of slickrock, plus expansive views of Moab's red rock landscape.

10.5k racers are faced with a stout 1,100' of climbing on the course, with no listed cutoff time. The final leg of the race is undoubtedly the most challenging, as runners follow the Jackson Trail along the Colorado River. At times, "there are many very steep sections, sharp corners, and narrow ledges with dangerous cliff exposure," according to gjhikes.com.

For this spring race, all distances begin at 8am at the Kane Creek Parking Area (labeled on some maps as Kane Springs). While the parking area is quite large, racers should consider carpooling from Moab for the event. Other than race day, there are no facilities and no water at the trailhead.

With average high temperatures in the low-70s and one aid station on course, 10.5k racers should have no problem running with only a small handheld water bottle. While top racers may finish in under one hour, the median finish time is typically near 90 minutes.

Sources: https://www.gjhikes.com/2016/03/jackson-trail.html https://www.madmooseevents.com/amasa-trail-race



Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round

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