20.9 miles
Distance
1,779 ft
Climb
-3,828 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This is the Mag 7 ride, named after the 7 trails it includes. There are alternate routes but this one is my favorite.

Very fun flowy trails at the beginning and progressively gets harder, finishing with a difficult double black diamond.

Take plenty of food and more water than you think you can drink.

Detailed Description
Mag 7 - Portal Finish is a 21 mile popular expert route located near Moab Utah. This mountain bike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 19 trails. This route climbs 1,779 ft with a max elevation of 6,020 ft then descends -3,828 ft.
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80 Reviews & Comments

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HCS19 (Apr 12, 2022 at 10:31)
The Magnificent 7 or Mag-7 trail system should be on every rider’s bucket list.  It is a fantastic network of trails, linking the upper and lower portions of Gemini Bridges Road. The trail can be ridden in a number of different ways, but best when shuttled to and ridden as a 26-mile point-to-point. There are many options to choose from when it comes to connecting trails. The trails that can be linked up in the Mag-7 area are, Gemini Bridges, Bull Run, Arth’s Corner, Great Escape, Little Canyon, Gold Bar, Golden Spike and The Poison Spider Trail, with an option to finish down the infamous Moab Portal Trail.  If you prefer to keep the ride on a more intermediate level, you can exit out Gemini Bridges Road.

Exit Locations:

There are three (3) main exit locations on the Mag-7 trail.  Hazard County Shuttle provides you with the ability to exit the trail at any one of these locations without having to ride back into town. 

The Portal Trail is a seriously advanced singletrack and is suggested for highly advanced and expert riders. It has extremely exposed sections, combined with super technical moves.  People have died on this trail!  So be ALERT!


Poison Spider Mesa Trail: 
This option allows you to ride the famous Gold Bar Rim trail and bypass the Portal trail. You will ride finish at the Poison Spider Trailhead parking lot, located on Potash Road / HWY 279. 


Gemini Bridges Road
This is a great option to keep the ride at an intermediate level. Exiting Gemini Bridges allows you to skip Goldbar Rim, Portal, and Poison Spider.
Exit Gemini Bridges road and proceed on the paved bike path to the tunnel under HWY 191.  If your legs are still fresh, log some additional miles on the Moab Brands/Bar- M single tracks. The area is quite user-friendly and has trail maps located at each trail. 
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bkxc (Mar 23, 2022 at 11:16)
Absolutely LOVED Gold Bar Rim and Portal, but the first 15 miles are incredibly tedious, even though you're going downhill. The next time I ride this I'm going to hitch a ride with a 4x4 and start at the Gold Bar Rim singletrack.
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schnillard (Mar 23, 2022 at 10:58)
Water, water, water. We took what we needed for the WE and we needed twice as much. Begged for water from jeepers. After 4 FUN Mag 7 trails, this one crushes the soul. You need everything you got for GB Rim and Portal--this trail is essentially a hike a bike up a long slab. Got to GBR and Portal and just survived them. If we were fresh GBR it would have been a blast--you need to be ready to hammer hard.
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schnillard (Mar 23, 2022 at 10:58)
Water, water, water. We took what we needed for the WE and we needed twice as much. Begged for water from jeepers. After 4 FUN Mag 7 trails, this one crushes the soul. You need everything you got for GB Rim and Portal--this trail is essentially a hike a bike up a long slab. Got to GBR and Portal and just survived them. If we were fresh GBR it would have been a blast--you need to be ready to hammer hard.
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schnillard (Mar 23, 2022 at 10:58)
Water, water, water. We took what we needed for the WE and we needed twice as much. Begged for water from jeepers. After 4 FUN Mag 7 trails, this one crushes the soul. You need everything you got for GB Rim and Portal--this trail is essentially a hike a bike up a long slab. Got to GBR and Portal and just survived them. If we were fresh GBR it would have been a blast--you need to be ready to hammer hard.
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bkxc (Mar 17, 2022 at 20:31)
Wow, this was a huge surprise! All the hype and talk has always been about Portal, but this thing was a BEASTLY good time. All kinds of goofy climbs and jank descents. If you can't clean EVERY PART (climbing and descending) of Captain Ahab you better BRING YOUR HIKING BOOTS.
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bkxc (Mar 17, 2022 at 20:31)
Wow, this was a huge surprise! All the hype and talk has always been about Portal, but this thing was a BEASTLY good time. All kinds of goofy climbs and jank descents. If you can't clean EVERY PART (climbing and descending) of Captain Ahab you better BRING YOUR HIKING BOOTS.
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bkxc (Mar 17, 2022 at 20:30)
Wow, this was a huge surprise! All the hype and talk has always been about Portal, but this thing was a BEASTLY good time. All kinds of goofy climbs and jank descents. If you can't clean EVERY PART (climbing and descending) of Captain Ahab you better BRING YOUR HIKING BOOTS.
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bkxc (Mar 17, 2022 at 20:27)
Trail Portal
Finally got to ride this after all the hype. King of the Double Black Diamonds! So much rough, tough tech and whacky challenges. Felt like it was a GREAT payoff too, just kept going. The Proline rating doesn't seem to fit, but my guess is it's due to the two sections where walking is a must and to keep the unskilled and unprepared from attempting. Everything else is NASTY, but no big gaps or giant drops like I would expect on a triple black diamond. If I did this again I would find a way to get shuttled by a 4x4 up to Gold Bar Rim Singletrack and start there. It is friggin' TEDIOUS to start at Getaway (MAG7) and eventually get to Gold Bar Rim.
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atourgates (Mar 17, 2022 at 8:26)
Finished this yesterday. Really is an epic ride worth checking off your bucket list. Everyone in our group agreed that it was the hardest 20-miler we'd done with that little elevation (my Garmin said 1,877 ft at the end, and it generally records a bit less elevation than other devices).

It took our group just over 4-hours, at a pace where we were saving ourselves for the tech in the last few miles. At 65°F - 3 water bottles was the right amount, I'm sure you'd want more water in hotter weather. We got caught by a rainstorm at the top of Portal.

The first 10-miles went by pretty fast. The climb up to Gold Bar slowed things down, and between figuring out where the trail goes and navigating the more technical features, we were much slower on the Gold Bar singletrack.

From my perspective, I'd say that Gold Bar is overrated as a double-black (though, accurate relative to the ratings of other Moab-area trails, and certainly a double-black if you're considering the blue "A" line routes), and Portal is accurately rated as a double-red. I've ridden a couple of PNW double-reds where I was able to stay on my bike for the whole thing. I don't imagine that even if I moved to Moab and became a local, I'd ever be cleaning Portal without getting off my bike. Add in the exposure, and the fact of the challenge to get to the top, and the rating feels spot-on.

Our shuttle with the Whole Enchilada Shuttle Co. was great. $25 is worth it to not deal with the hassle of a self-shuttle.
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font9a (Oct 22, 2021 at 18:49)
Trail Portal
Hard to onsight. Didn’t even come close.
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jesscolton (Sep 22, 2021 at 12:56)
One of the toughest rides I have ever done. The last 6 miles is brutal, especially if it is hot. All 4 riders with me bonked which tainted our experience. Take about twice as much water and food as you think you'll need and make sure you have all the proper repair gear. Awesome views and very technical for the last 6 miles.
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sh0use (Jun 10, 2021 at 18:28)
Stats for today:
2690’ of climbing
21.87 miles to end of portal

This ride was tough. It was a ton of fun up until Gold Bar. After that it was a bit tough. Once getting to the Gold bar you start your climbing. It was way more climbing that the MTB Project states as well as the Trailforks outline. My Garmin Fenix is fairly accurate as well so I’d expect it to be 2500ish feet of climbing. Portal was fun but above my skill level in some parts. I walked approx 20% of it. Everything that was too technical was easy to walk. Worth doing it from the top. If you asked me if I’d recommend it I’d say maybe. If you’re into stuff being hard for just the sake of being hard, I’d say yes. If you want something super fun with more flow, and are paying for a shuttle, I’d definitely recommend The Whole Enchilada (or however far they’re taking you up) over this. If you’re after something different than TWE, I’d recommend doing what one of the other recommended as far as an alternative route. I think it was “Brads easy way out” on the routes. Gold Bar will punish you. The Rim is cool and worth the photo but it’s soul sucking in some parts. Again worth doing once for sure. If you’re not after the super tough for the sake of being tough, bail and take the easier way out.
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ChristopherpYmTE (May 27, 2021 at 6:52)
The upper part of Gold Bar Rim jeep road is THE barrier keeping too many people from Gold Bar Rim and Portal. It’s effective. You have to be really strong to keep going. We turned back. Don’t miss the sign for Gold Bar single track if you ride back down. ....easy to do. They easily could put in some fun windy switchbacks to climb to the rim. Instead, it’s a brutal hike a bike for 200 vertical at least.
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ChristopherpYmTE (May 27, 2021 at 6:52)
The upper part of Gold Bar Rim jeep road is THE barrier keeping too many people from Gold Bar Rim and Portal. It’s effective. You have to be really strong to keep going. We turned back. Don’t miss the sign for Gold Bar single track if you ride back down. ....easy to do. They easily could put in some fun windy switchbacks to climb to the rim. Instead, it’s a brutal hike a bike for 200 vertical at least.
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ChristopherpYmTE (May 27, 2021 at 6:52)
The upper part of Gold Bar Rim jeep road is THE barrier keeping too many people from Gold Bar Rim and Portal. It’s effective. You have to be really strong to keep going. We turned back. Don’t miss the sign for Gold Bar single track if you ride back down. ....easy to do. They easily could put in some fun windy switchbacks to climb to the rim. Instead, it’s a brutal hike a bike for 200 vertical at least.
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atfarley (May 22, 2021 at 18:30)
The road is STUPID
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atfarley (May 22, 2021 at 18:30)
The road is STUPID
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atfarley (May 22, 2021 at 18:30)
The road is STUPID
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:40)
Super fun and flowy, snaking down a ridge on mostly rock with a little dirt. If you're a relative n00b, this is doable, keep the speed and roll it baby.
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:40)
Super fun and flowy, snaking down a ridge on mostly rock with a little dirt. If you're a relative n00b, this is doable, keep the speed and roll it baby.
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:40)
Super fun and flowy, snaking down a ridge on mostly rock with a little dirt. If you're a relative n00b, this is doable, keep the speed and roll it baby.
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:39)
Trail Great Escape
I'm not an expert at the MTB, but this is one of the most fun trails out there. Rip it.
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tommymcsass (May 7, 2021 at 7:59)
Trail Bull Run
Totally awesome trail - I'm a roadie and I hit this my 4th day in Moab and it was great for skill progression. Awesome views, tons of fun.
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tommymcsass (May 7, 2021 at 7:59)
Trail Bull Run
Totally awesome trail - I'm a roadie and I hit this my 4th day in Moab and it was great for skill progression. Awesome views, tons of fun.
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Stephtaylor (Apr 10, 2021 at 16:32)
The entire Getaway trail system in Mag-7 area is a blast. Getaway Top is super fun and flowy and then graduates into a bit more rocky as you transition into the Upper Getaway section. Still really fun and has some flowy sections as well but you can really hammer down on the upper top section. The entire Getaway Trail (top down to lower) is a great for beginners as well. I took my 9 year old son and one daughter who is not super experienced and they had a blast. You can take it at your own speed and be as careful or as rambunctious as you want to! Definitely a “must do“ trail here in the lab.
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Stephtaylor (Apr 10, 2021 at 16:32)
The entire Getaway trail system in Mag-7 area is a blast. Getaway Top is super fun and flowy and then graduates into a bit more rocky as you transition into the Upper Getaway section. Still really fun and has some flowy sections as well but you can really hammer down on the upper top section. The entire Getaway Trail (top down to lower) is a great for beginners as well. I took my 9 year old son and one daughter who is not super experienced and they had a blast. You can take it at your own speed and be as careful or as rambunctious as you want to! Definitely a “must do“ trail here in the lab.
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Goosefredrikson (Mar 29, 2021 at 8:30)
Trail Bull Run
Found a pair of glasses yesterday from a group right ahead of me. If you can describe your group and glasses I'll send them your way. Send me a DM.
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Goosefredrikson (Mar 29, 2021 at 8:30)
Trail Bull Run
Found a pair of glasses yesterday from a group right ahead of me. If you can describe your group and glasses I'll send them your way. Send me a DM.
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Markinman75 (Mar 18, 2021 at 8:38)
I’ll throw my .02 on here. This is some rugged terrain and having helped with trails I know it can be hard to find a suitable route, but expect to get frustrated at times. That said, heed others advice, take lots of water, walk the rugged stuff take breaks if you need. I’m a self shuttler as a practice and this was challenging. I got a little annoyed with the reliance on keep trails for bikes in Moab but I get why it is.
There certainly is a reward to this trek but know you’ll earn it. Don’t forget to look back every so often there’s a view behind you also.
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Markinman75 (Mar 18, 2021 at 8:38)
I’ll throw my .02 on here. This is some rugged terrain and having helped with trails I know it can be hard to find a suitable route, but expect to get frustrated at times. That said, heed others advice, take lots of water, walk the rugged stuff take breaks if you need. I’m a self shuttler as a practice and this was challenging. I got a little annoyed with the reliance on keep trails for bikes in Moab but I get why it is.
There certainly is a reward to this trek but know you’ll earn it. Don’t forget to look back every so often there’s a view behind you also.
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Markinman75 (Mar 18, 2021 at 8:38)
I’ll throw my .02 on here. This is some rugged terrain and having helped with trails I know it can be hard to find a suitable route, but expect to get frustrated at times. That said, heed others advice, take lots of water, walk the rugged stuff take breaks if you need. I’m a self shuttler as a practice and this was challenging. I got a little annoyed with the reliance on keep trails for bikes in Moab but I get why it is.
There certainly is a reward to this trek but know you’ll earn it. Don’t forget to look back every so often there’s a view behind you also.
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gnarflow13 (Dec 31, 2020 at 18:13)
A really fun trail on the side of death. As of when I rode it, I did not have the immortality in my bloodstream to ride most of the features. A true, pure double black and unless you want a nice hike, stay off this if you're a beginner. If you like sketchy rock rolls on the sides of cliffs and considerably large rock drops though, this will be 4 miles of yes. Great trail!
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gnarflow13 (Dec 31, 2020 at 18:13)
A really fun trail on the side of death. As of when I rode it, I did not have the immortality in my bloodstream to ride most of the features. A true, pure double black and unless you want a nice hike, stay off this if you're a beginner. If you like sketchy rock rolls on the sides of cliffs and considerably large rock drops though, this will be 4 miles of yes. Great trail!
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Bree33 (Sep 28, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Bull Run
Lots of fun! Super rocky of course but nothing so technical that you can't roll down it. Rode it on a hard tail and it was fine. Combined this with great escape and then back up little canyon to getaway. A very physically demanding route, especially on a hard tail.
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Bree33 (Sep 28, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Bull Run
Lots of fun! Super rocky of course but nothing so technical that you can't roll down it. Rode it on a hard tail and it was fine. Combined this with great escape and then back up little canyon to getaway. A very physically demanding route, especially on a hard tail.
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christianreed (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:46)
All the signs telling you that you better be fit and have enough water are not kidding. One of the people in my party was so gassed from the climb that they didn’t have the energy to attack and enjoy this fun, and challenging section of trail. If you’re ready for it, though, it’s great.
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christianreed (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:41)
Took this up from Mag 7 to the rim. It’s a challenging climb if you’re into such things. If not, it’s a grind. The rim is the reward, but you’ll work for it.
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christianreed (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:41)
Took this up from Mag 7 to the rim. It’s a challenging climb if you’re into such things. If not, it’s a grind. The rim is the reward, but you’ll work for it.
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christianreed (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:41)
Took this up from Mag 7 to the rim. It’s a challenging climb if you’re into such things. If not, it’s a grind. The rim is the reward, but you’ll work for it.
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christianreed (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:38)
Super fun, with great views. Lots of roll-downs and pop-ups, all walkable. Bring lots of water.
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christianreed (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:38)
Super fun, with great views. Lots of roll-downs and pop-ups, all walkable. Bring lots of water.
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christianreed (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:36)
Trail Portal
The exposure doesn’t seem dangerous; signs ask you to walk, and it’s fine. The riding itself is no more difficult than the other double blacks in the area, aside from more tricky switchback roll-downs, and you can walk it all of you need to. The views are pretty cool. Overall, the danger comes in not having enough water, or starting to late and getting stuck in the dark (it took us 6.5hrs starting from Bullrun).
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CoachAscanio (May 16, 2020 at 16:58)
Trail Portal
Phenomenal trail that seems to get harder and better the further you go. Bring more water than you think you’ll need.
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wgwestervelt (Apr 20, 2019 at 16:46)
This is the best way to ride UP if you come down Great Escape and are doing a loop. Don’t do it the other way around unless you like to suffer.
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wgwestervelt (Apr 20, 2019 at 16:44)
Trail Great Escape
I did Bull Run plus Great Escape and then ride back up Getaway, etc. A fun 20 mile loop with no shuttle required.
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scotmtbbeta (Mar 12, 2019 at 7:11)
Trail Bull Run
This is a super fun trail. With great views and some perfect high speed chunck and couple of big drops.
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scotmtbbeta (Mar 12, 2019 at 7:11)
Trail Bull Run
This is a super fun trail. With great views and some perfect high speed chunck and couple of big drops.
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todd Trailforks (Feb 22, 2019 at 23:33)
Those sites gps points are rounded and the points are reduced on import. They use overly aggressive bezier curves to give the appearance of accuracy, while being far from it. The tracks are not a perfect match either, the project site uses an old version that follows the original Bull Run track (since rerouted) and bypasses The Great Escape. That old project route has 402 total GPS points, while the Trailforks track has 1356 points. I imagine the tiny elevation differences between the points add up quickly.

That said, elevation based upon available NASA elevation data is poor unless you are near a big city with 1/9th arc second granularity is available. To test this, I downloaded a ride someone else did of that exact route using their Garmin Altimeter and it recorded 5000 feet elevation gain, while the same track according to google elevation service (way less granular) indicates 2200 feet. A Garmin Altimeter is always going to be more accurate given relative elevation, but actual starting elevation must be correct (or calibrated before start).
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madridphi (Feb 22, 2019 at 18:07)
does this route really have 3800 of climinb mtb project says 1800.
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ryansmeed (Nov 9, 2018 at 11:37)
Not even close to 3700’ of climbing unless you rode up from the hwy?.... more like half of that!
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MarcioFranco (Nov 7, 2018 at 20:28)
Trail Portal
Great Ride so far in the area. I rode twice in the last 5 days, and super stocked with MAG 7 as a wordl class big traverse, tech and phisically demand with extraordinary views.
I rode last saturday but was too many Jerry’s on Portal (about 20 to 30) of them hiking their bikes, I mean not hiking on the exposed sections but all the way down, they’re seems riders with little skill to ride a black trail even. Like family’s and guys trying to bring their girlfriends (for a frustrate experience).
Portal It’s a true double black and people should not attempt if they are not able to ride and control their bikes in a step and technical terrain, its not only about the exposed section but the all run is challenge and awesome ( if you like it).
To intermediate and fresh advanced riders I would suggest to hike the trail as you gonna have a great time and wont’t need to carry extra 15 to 20kg for nothing, expecially at climbing Gold Rim and Golden Spike. If you want to know if this trail is for you, first ride Jackon and Rockstarter if you clean it and had fun the reach to Portal in the next oportunity.
Build up your skill slowly then reach the thrill’s with confidence and you gonna have epic fun Wink
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Motoxer913 (Oct 6, 2018 at 8:13)
Getaway is my favorite trail in Moab to bring beginner through intermediate riders. I’ve had kids as young as 8 all the up to my 70yo father on it many times done as a shuttle for those that are not strong enough to ride back up. It offers a perfect mix of flow and technical riding to offer beginners a challenge yet an advance rider has plenty of fun by picking up the pace. At the end a short ride up to Gemini Bridges is the icing on the cake.
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Motoxer913 (Oct 6, 2018 at 8:13)
Getaway is my favorite trail in Moab to bring beginner through intermediate riders. I’ve had kids as young as 8 all the up to my 70yo father on it many times done as a shuttle for those that are not strong enough to ride back up. It offers a perfect mix of flow and technical riding to offer beginners a challenge yet an advance rider has plenty of fun by picking up the pace. At the end a short ride up to Gemini Bridges is the icing on the cake.
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mtbingadventures (Aug 13, 2018 at 15:04)
Trail Portal
I am terrified of heights but had no problem attempting to do this trail. There was about 4 sections on the highly exposed areas that I walked. I was able to ride most of it until I got down to the very technical switch backs. I really enjoyed making my way down Portal and challenging myself to this level. My goal is to be able to ride everything on this incredible section of trail.
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mtbingadventures (Aug 13, 2018 at 14:59)
One of my favorite trails I have ever done. I love the technical climbing and short rollers. You have to real pick your lines carefully and be on your "A" game to clean this trail. Very challenging and amazing views. This will connect you to the Portal Trail which is another amazing must do for the fit and experienced mountain biker.
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bensgig (May 7, 2018 at 18:02)
Trail Bull Run
This has to be one of the best trails in Moab. Slightly techy and flowing. Some of the best that Moab has to offer. Not really for a beginner. I’d rather ride this than Porcupine. Just ride it and hitch a ride back and hook them up with a couple bucks. There are always people driving Gemini Bridges Road back.
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bensgig (May 7, 2018 at 18:02)
Trail Bull Run
This has to be one of the best trails in Moab. Slightly techy and flowing. Some of the best that Moab has to offer. Not really for a beginner. I’d rather ride this than Porcupine. Just ride it and hitch a ride back and hook them up with a couple bucks. There are always people driving Gemini Bridges Road back.
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Tmillhoff (May 3, 2018 at 18:34)
Fun downhill avoid driving up Gemini bridges it is rough better to get dropped at the top and ride down with connecting trails all the way to lower gym now bridges then back home on bike path and sidewinder home to Moab
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Tmillhoff (May 3, 2018 at 18:34)
Fun downhill avoid driving up Gemini bridges it is rough better to get dropped at the top and ride down with connecting trails all the way to lower gym now bridges then back home on bike path and sidewinder home to Moab
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Tmillhoff (May 3, 2018 at 18:34)
Fun downhill avoid driving up Gemini bridges it is rough better to get dropped at the top and ride down with connecting trails all the way to lower gym now bridges then back home on bike path and sidewinder home to Moab
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Tmillhoff (May 3, 2018 at 18:33)
Trail Bull Run
Fun downhill but don’t bother trying to shuttle up Gemini bridges better to get dropped at the top run down connect to the trails right out on lower gym no bridges take the bike path and sidewinder home to Moab
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Tmillhoff (May 3, 2018 at 18:33)
Trail Bull Run
Fun downhill but don’t bother trying to shuttle up Gemini bridges better to get dropped at the top run down connect to the trails right out on lower gym no bridges take the bike path and sidewinder home to Moab
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Utahlife (Apr 10, 2018 at 3:30)
Absolutely loved this trail. Fantastic to be on the cliffs above the entrance to Arches. And the technical rocky sections were a riot. Loved the views. Loved the challenge. Be sure to start early enough that your aren't descending portal in the dark like I did!
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Marksmichaels (Mar 13, 2018 at 8:34)
Some tricky steps going down, I endo'd and banged my knee good. Commit and go hard.

I took Great Escape going back the other direction, and I didn't really think it was better than Arth's/LC, just different. Great Escape might be better going outbound.
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Marksmichaels (Mar 13, 2018 at 8:30)
This trail connects Little Canyon to the Gold Bar Rim (upper) jeep trail.

Nice trail, up and down! Don't be disuaded by the "experts only" assuming you rode Little Canyon to get there. Perhaps a few beginners ground their way up Gemini Bridges road and then wandered up Goldbar by mistake. But fit intermediates can ride MOST of this trail, skipping a few obstacles. The UPPER part of the Gold Bar Rim jeep route, which goes to the top of the ridge, is very steep, hike a bike trail unless youre an aerobic freak. But I enjoyed coming DOWN this a lot! Hydraulic Brakes RULE!!
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:37)
The description above is perfect, but agreed on all accounts here. Don't turn around (yet) because of the signs. Fun climb with great views up top and a few features that may require walking or re-doing shouldn't stop you from this one.
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Marksmichaels (Mar 13, 2018 at 8:14)
March 2018. First time on trail, did an out and back from Gemini Bridges via Arth's/Little Canyon/GBR. The lower section of GBR is very good, going up and down. Dont be scared by the "experts only" warnings unless you're a tourist; just know your limit, hike what you need to hike. But it is strenuous! You did bring enough water, right? The upper part is a slickrock jeep trail which is very steep. Hike a bike steep unless youre a freaking beast. But the view at the top is ample reward. Going back DOWN this trail is a hoot. I didn't have a shuttle lined up, so skipped the Portal. Rode Great Escape back to Gemini Bridges. About 16 miles RT, took 4.5 hours, and the weather was perfect (high 50s). This would be brutal in temps over 70F, the slickrock gets hot. Start EARLY. Long ride the day before? Hmm, maybe a rest day would be better before you do this one! Trail intersections are well signed, plenty of painted gold bars to follow, and Trailforks was spot on.
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Marksmichaels (Mar 13, 2018 at 8:14)
March 2018. First time on trail, did an out and back from Gemini Bridges via Arth's/Little Canyon/GBR. The lower section of GBR is very good, going up and down. Dont be scared by the "experts only" warnings unless you're a tourist; just know your limit, hike what you need to hike. But it is strenuous! You did bring enough water, right? The upper part is a slickrock jeep trail which is very steep. Hike a bike steep unless youre a freaking beast. But the view at the top is ample reward. Going back DOWN this trail is a hoot. I didn't have a shuttle lined up, so skipped the Portal. Rode Great Escape back to Gemini Bridges. About 16 miles RT, took 4.5 hours, and the weather was perfect (high 50s). This would be brutal in temps over 70F, the slickrock gets hot. Start EARLY. Long ride the day before? Hmm, maybe a rest day would be better before you do this one! Trail intersections are well signed, plenty of painted gold bars to follow, and Trailforks was spot on.
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Marksmichaels (Mar 13, 2018 at 8:14)
March 2018. First time on trail, did an out and back from Gemini Bridges via Arth's/Little Canyon/GBR. The lower section of GBR is very good, going up and down. Dont be scared by the "experts only" warnings unless you're a tourist; just know your limit, hike what you need to hike. But it is strenuous! You did bring enough water, right? The upper part is a slickrock jeep trail which is very steep. Hike a bike steep unless youre a freaking beast. But the view at the top is ample reward. Going back DOWN this trail is a hoot. I didn't have a shuttle lined up, so skipped the Portal. Rode Great Escape back to Gemini Bridges. About 16 miles RT, took 4.5 hours, and the weather was perfect (high 50s). This would be brutal in temps over 70F, the slickrock gets hot. Start EARLY. Long ride the day before? Hmm, maybe a rest day would be better before you do this one! Trail intersections are well signed, plenty of painted gold bars to follow, and Trailforks was spot on.
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Santamtnbiker (Jan 6, 2018 at 16:46)
Trail Portal
I want to ride this trail really, really bad.
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jarretw (Apr 22, 2017 at 9:25)
Trail Portal
Awesome trail! People mentioned the walking part/cliffs to be scary and overwhelming, but it was just fine (as long as you walk it).
Beautiful views as well, fun technical trail.
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jarretw (Apr 22, 2017 at 9:25)
Awesome trail! Well marked and plenty of fun maneuvers.
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jarretw (Apr 22, 2017 at 9:23)
I really wish I hadn't ridden this trail. It's just a jeep double track and winds up and down. Accidentally ended up on it. Stick with the single black golden rim trail
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jarretw (Apr 22, 2017 at 9:23)
I really wish I hadn't ridden this trail. It's just a jeep double track and winds up and down. Accidentally ended up on it. Stick with the single black golden rim trail
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jarretw (Apr 22, 2017 at 9:23)
I really wish I hadn't ridden this trail. It's just a jeep double track and winds up and down. Accidentally ended up on it. Stick with the single black golden rim trail
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Thomasbenko (Sep 29, 2016 at 15:30)
Trail Great Escape
Took this as part of Mag 7. Nice EASY trail that even hits some plains and grass sections. Not for those that want some more challenge. Take Bull run instead and have more fun.
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crohnsy (Dec 1, 2014 at 22:07)
Trail Portal
Super Fun trail, great views, lots of exposure!
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