2 miles
Distance
241 ft
Climb
-848 ft
Descent
00:30:18
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Captain Ahab (lower) Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Amasa Back
    Moab, Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (15 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 [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 80 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.

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More Stats for Captain Ahab (lower) mountain bike 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 miles
  • Distance flat
    325 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:18
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Status:
on Jun 10, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 4.65 (88 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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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
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      Captain Ahab (lower) Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jul 3, 2020 @ 9:25am
      Jul 3, 2020
      Rejected
      reporter
      Jun 10, 2020 @ 11:18pm
      Jun 10, 2020
      Apr 26, 2020 @ 10:03am
      Apr 26, 2020
      Lovely, few riders
      Apr 5, 2020 @ 9:43am
      Apr 5, 2020
      reporter
      Mar 6, 2020 @ 12:04pm
      Mar 6, 2020
      reporter Excellent!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 353 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,072 rides
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      Photos

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      27 |
      Apr 27, 2020 @ 9:21am
      Apr 27, 2020
      562 |
      Jan 19, 2018 @ 2:01pm
      Jan 19, 2018
      447 |
      Jan 18, 2017 @ 2:33pm
      Jan 18, 2017
      1,317 |
      Jul 6, 2015 @ 10:19am
      Jul 6, 2015
      | 1 comments

      Trail Lists

      18 Reviews & Comments

      • + 5
      flag danny (Nov 9, 2014 at 21:10)
       double black rating seems a bit exaggerated. I would consider this a black.
      [Reply]
      • + 5
      flag 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
      flag todd Mod Plus 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
      flag Anthonyfonzi (Mar 31, 2016 at 5:08)
       One of the coolest trail I have ridden.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag jarretw (Apr 30, 2017 at 7:49)
       My favourite trail in Moab!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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]
      • + 1
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag todd Mod Plus 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
      flag 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]
      • + 0
      flag MattK619xx (May 16, 2019 at 16:36)
       I’m 13 and I can do it.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag bradgretz (Oct 27, 2019 at 8:01)
       If you like a trail with absolutely no flow to it this is for you
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag MtbSince84 (Jan 11, 2020 at 19:11)
       No flow? I agree that *upper* Ahab lacks flow, but lower Ahab has plenty.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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]
      • + 1
      flag 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
      flag 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]

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