Sunday, March 21, 2010

Amasa Back, Rock Stacker, Pot Hole Arch... A New Moab Favorite

There is some new trail action in Moab, UT. Yep, instead of the same old, same old, Moab is adding some new love to the local trail systems. Starting with Amasa Back, we rode to hit one of our favorite standards. But, in lieu of an out and back, we added on some new sections: Rock Stacker, Pot Hole Arch and Jackson's trail. Talk about an improvement, the new trails add on more than enough to keep the looker, jumper, technical rider and sweet baby pumpkin (intermediate rider) happy!

The Amasa Back trail (ascends from the Colorado River just west of Moab, climbing up onto an outcropping of rock surrounded on three sides by the Colorado. The trail is a rocky Jeep trail with ledges and drop-offs, and is for advanced riders. As an out-and-back, the trip is 10 miles. Vertical climb is 1050 feet. But, we did that AND MORE! One must combine the new Pothole Arch to Rock Stacker trail to really make this ride a gem. After the climb, the Pothole Arch trail turns to mellow singletrack with lots of options for scenery, especially the, um, well, pothole arch. After a snack, it is time to test your metal on Rock Stacker. A great switchbacky and technical ride with lots of great options to get gnarly, but all very doable for the advanced rider. Finish your technicality with a ride on Jackson's trail. On this lovely trail, one hits more technical, Moab moves and then ends up with a Kane creek crossing (wet in May - Aug). 

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