Guidebook

4 of the Most Death-Defying Mountain Bike Trails in Moab

Challenge yourself on Moab's most technical and most exposed lines!

Description

Most of the mountain bikers traveling to Moab are in search of a challenge. While sure, plenty of intermediate riders travel here to escape the snow in the early spring, Moab reigns supreme as one of the most brutally-technical mountain bike destinations in the USA.

Mountain biking on non-motorized routes in Moab really began with the Slickrock trail, which to this day is still in not an easy ride! But over the years, even more technical and exposed test pieces have been built!

In this guidebook, I've rounded up four of the most challenging legal mountain bike trails in the Moab region. These routes all serve up massive technical moves, relentless gnar, and massive cliff exposure—some of which has proven deadly.

While it's debatable exactly which of these four trails is the most technical, it's easy to make a case for the second half of Magnificent 7. The second half of this ride now includes the Blue Dot trail as a part of Gold Bar Rim. This old renegade line was only recently legalized due to how technical and exposed it is. Gold Bar Rim then leads to the ultra-exposed descent down Portal. Falls from this trail have claimed the lives of multiple mountain bikers in years past. These days, signs are posted warning you to dismount on the truly exposed sections where the deaths have occurred.

There are few mountain bike destinations where you can see your life flash before your eyes as often as you do on Moab's trails. If getting in touch with your mortality is on your todo list, then it's time to book a trip to Utah!

Magnificent 7
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Magnificent 7

Moab
44.4 km
678 m
1,292 m
Ride some of the most technical and dangerous mountain bike trails in the world in one massive shuttle route!
Extreme
Private
Rockstacker to Jackson's
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Rockstacker to Jackson's

Moab
19.4 km
556 m
556 m
If death-defying ledge drops, massive boulders, narrow singletrack on top of a thousand-foot cliff, and jaw-dropping views constitute your idea of fun, then Rockstacker to Jackson's is for you!
Extreme
Private
Captain Ahab
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Captain Ahab

Moab
14.2 km
425 m
425 m
Captain Ahab combines the best new-school singletrack trail building techniques with Moab's famous views and challenging rocks for a classic mountain bike experience.
Severe
Private
The Whole Enchilada
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The Whole Enchilada

Moab
50.2 km
873 m
2,752 m
One of the most epic mountain bike rides of all time, the Whole Enchilada drops over 7,000 feet of vertical and passes through every climate zone imaginable, from high alpine tundra to desert.
Extreme
Private