14 miles
3,125 ft
-3,125 ft
4,920 ft
High Point

Amasa Back is an awesome riding area with loads of options. For this route we suggest climbing up either the Cliff Hangar jeep road or HyMasa. You do not need to go all the way out on the Pothole Arch trail as this makes for a massive ride, you might just opt to descend down Captain Ahab or for an easier ride right back down HyMasa or Cliff Hanger jeep road.

HyMasa trail is a memorial trail built in honor of Johnny Hymas who was a lifelong cyclist who managed Moab Cyclery for a number of years, he passed leaving a beautiful family of 5 behind. Both of these trails are incredible to ride and have loads of flow (but they are still pleasantly rough) and natural features to play on and jump off of. Such a great ride. Note that the first half of Captain Ahab has lots of climbing, you can bypass some of this climbing by riding the first half of HyMasa then crossing over to the second part of Captain Ahab.

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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Amasa Back - Pothole Arch, Captain Ahab, Ciff Hanger, Hymasa - RideSpots.com mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,984 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,137 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,137 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,465 ft
Avg: 5 (2 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
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Feb 21, 2018
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Captain Ahab upper and lower
Captain Ahab upper and lower
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Feb 11, 2018
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Mountain Biking Captain Ahab, Moab Utah,...
Mountain Biking Captain Ahab, Moab Utah, Stabilized
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Jan 22, 2018

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Pot Hole Arch
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Feb 26, 2018
Awesome other than the two pinch flats it gave me :)
Lower HyMasa
Feb 11, 2018 @ 10:37am
Feb 11, 2018
Pothole Arch
Jan 7, 2018 @ 12:30pm
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Amasa Back Spur
Jan 7, 2018 @ 12:30pm
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