2 miles
Distance
311 ft
Climb
-1,388 ft
Descent
00:34:08
Avg time
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Portal Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Mag 7
    Moab, Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Proline (5 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #611 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    BLM

One of Moab's classic 'must do' trails. EXTREME EXPOSURE - experts only

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More Stats for Portal mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,078 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,969 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,046 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,046 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,969 ft
  • Grade
    -9.245%
  • Grade max
    -517.233%
  • Grade min
    96.133%
  • Distance climb
    2,518 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    660 ft
  • Avg time
    00:34:08
  • Avg reverse time
    00:22:20
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Status:
on Oct 24, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 4.4 (44 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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
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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

Trail Report Status
  • 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
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • 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
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to portal trailhead (38.583840, -109.594680)
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      Portal Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Oct 24, 2020 @ 9:46am
      1 days
      Janky and loose, more so than I remember.
      Oct 7, 2020 @ 8:31am
      Oct 7, 2020
      May 17, 2020 @ 10:04am
      May 17, 2020
      reporter
      Mar 10, 2020 @ 1:46pm
      Mar 10, 2020
      Dry & dusty
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 12:49pm
      Feb 16, 2020
      Pushed/rode as an out and back. A bit of snow and mud near the top, but didn’t affect the technical sections.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 22 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 143 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
      All
      • 628 rides
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      Photos

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      16 |
      Oct 20, 2020 @ 10:09am
      Oct 20, 2020
      24 |
      Aug 23, 2020 @ 3:21pm
      Aug 23, 2020
      1,282 |
      May 10, 2017 @ 12:39pm
      May 10, 2017
      1,153 |
      May 4, 2015 @ 6:03pm
      May 4, 2015

      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Mag 7 - Portal Finish
      21 miles
      Moab Trip Bull Run into Portal
      18 miles

      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      flag crohnsy (Dec 1, 2014 at 22:07)
       Super Fun trail, great views, lots of exposure!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag jarretw (Apr 22, 2017 at 9:25)
       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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Santamtnbiker (Jan 6, 2018 at 16:46)
       I want to ride this trail really, really bad.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag mtbingadventures (Aug 13, 2018 at 15:04)
       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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag MarcioFranco (Nov 7, 2018 at 20:28)
       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
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag CoachAscanio (May 16, 2020 at 16:58)
       Phenomenal trail that seems to get harder and better the further you go. Bring more water than you think you’ll need.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag christianreed (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:36)
       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).
      [Reply]

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