2.0 miles
Distance
241 ft
Climb
-848 ft
Descent
00:23:52
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Captain Ahab (lower) Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Amasa Back
    Moab, Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (23 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #53 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    BLM

Jewel of the Amasa Back area, relatively new to the other trails. Fun transitions and some great little rock drops. Hymasa is a bit easier, so if you are unsure of your skill, start there, and then climb back up Hymasa to do Captain Ahab.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Captain Ahab (lower) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -607 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,002 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,652 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,652 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,044 ft
  • Grade
    -5.815%
  • Grade max
    -45.441%
  • Grade min
    33.255%
  • Distance climb
    2,611 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    325 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:52
  • Avg reverse time
    00:38:58
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Status:
on Jun 8, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.65 (115 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Captain Ahab (lower) Trail Reports

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      Jun 8, 2021 @ 8:00am
      Jun 8, 2021
      reporter
      Apr 11, 2021 @ 9:23am
      Apr 11, 2021
      Mar 29, 2021 @ 1:13pm
      Mar 29, 2021
      reporter
      Feb 12, 2021 @ 7:44am
      Feb 12, 2021
      Perfect moisture content in soil, Trail is riding great right now! Please stay on the trail and remember even though this is a Downhill trail,...
      Jan 19, 2021 @ 12:38am
      Jan 19, 2021
      Rejected
      Icy in some sections, ride before the thaw to avoid mud, DOWNHILL ONLY !
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 900 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 4,833 rides
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      Trail Lists

      22 Reviews & Comments

      • + 6
      danny (Nov 9, 2014 at 21:10)
       double black rating seems a bit exaggerated. I would consider this a black.
      [Reply]
      • + 5
      Blawrence (Mar 25, 2015 at 7:41)
       Double black is probably there for the 5% of the trail with exposure and drops--mostly near the bottom.
      [Reply]
      • + 3
      todd Mod Trailforks (Mar 25, 2015 at 20:40)
       I rode it at the end of a long day, and it seemed harder then it was. I got out there last week, and relative to the other trails and moab in general, definitely more of a single diamond. It is officially changed.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      Anthonyfonzi (Mar 31, 2016 at 5:08)
       One of the coolest trail I have ridden.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      jarretw (Apr 30, 2017 at 7:49)
       My favourite trail in Moab!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      ericneely (May 10, 2017 at 15:17)
       Trail is now shown as double black on trail signs and that is accurate when compared to surrounding trails.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      atfarley (May 21, 2017 at 18:58)
       This trail paired with hymasa is pretty brutal, physically. People I ride it with who are not in great shape, though skilled technically, don't like it nearly much as people who are in real solid physical shape. Ride at the end of your biking season for maximum enjoyment.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      IamZOSO (Feb 25, 2018 at 7:46)
       If this is double black, then Jackson's is as well. Jackson's is harder imo.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      shred-harder (Mar 30, 2018 at 12:55)
       This trail can be difficult due to short punchy climbs and tight corners (no switchbacks though). Much more fun second lap once you know where to shift and keep speed
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      atfarley (Mar 1, 2019 at 18:13)
       Absolutly no way this is double black. This is a recent change made to water down the rating for so many new riders.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      todd Mod Trailforks (May 17, 2019 at 7:18)
       I know, but that is what the sign says on the trail, and that is how the local association wants it marked on the map. But you can vote for it to be a different difficulty
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      palantir0 (Jul 14, 2020 at 15:05)
       I think they mark it that way to keep all the travelers here from attempting something way out of their range.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      twowheeledwanderer (Mar 16, 2021 at 9:40)
       If you take some of the alt-lines it's definitely a doubleblack. Depends on how you ride it.
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      MattK619xx (May 16, 2019 at 16:36)
       I’m 13 and I can do it.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      MtbSince84 (Jan 11, 2020 at 19:11)
       No flow? I agree that *upper* Ahab lacks flow, but lower Ahab has plenty.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      hi-dr-nick Reporter (May 24, 2020 at 20:56)
       To say lower ahab has no flow, well I hate to say it but get better...
      [Reply]
      • + 6
      mtbxyz (May 26, 2020 at 13:41)
       If you think Ahab is a one star trail you need to find a new sport.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      palantir0 (Jul 14, 2020 at 15:03)
       I loved lower ahab - just need the endurance to keep the speed up. I did the Hymasa/Capt Ahab loop. My main complaint is that I didn't leave early enough and in July its bloody hot. Big Grin
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      provin1327 (Sep 26, 2020 at 13:01)
       This trail requires a lot of endurance and power to make it flow but it is for sure there. If this trail is above your skill level it will not flow and you will hate it.

      The double black rating is warranted but only for the very end. It gets very technical and very exposed. The majority of the trail is black diamond and is tons of fun. It will push your technical riding for sure.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      WillieB (Oct 15, 2020 at 15:28)
       Fun trail that would definitely be considered double black in most anyplace other than Moab
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      michaelnill (Oct 30, 2020 at 6:18)
       From a mediocre Northwest rider, everyone's comments are correct. It's definitely not a double black. The climb is as bullshit as everyone says. The flow is there, but you have to work for it (what kind of flowy DBs are you all riding, and when can I hit them?). It's a 4.5 star route.
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