14 miles
Distance
2,943 ft
Climb
-2,943 ft
Descent
4,919 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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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Amasa Back - Pothole Arch, Captain Ahab, Cliff Hanger, Hymasa - RideSpots.com mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,984 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,126 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,126 ft
  • Grade max
    -59.345%
  • Grade min
    48.369%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,058 ft
Avg: 5 (3 votes)
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Captain Ahab (lower)
      Nov 22, 2019 @ 7:29pm
      Nov 22, 2019
      Lower HyMasa
      Nov 21, 2019 @ 10:22am
      Nov 21, 2019
      Yay, rain!!
      Pothole Arch
      Oct 24, 2019 @ 12:01pm
      Oct 24, 2019
      Cliff Hanger (alt)
      Oct 24, 2019 @ 12:01pm
      Oct 24, 2019
      Pot Hole Arch
      Oct 13, 2019 @ 11:34am
      Oct 13, 2019
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