2.2 miles
Distance
204 ft
Climb
-1,276 ft
Descent
00:33:39
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 (17 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #1120 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #17704 in Trail Running
    • #13385 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    BLM

This is one of Moab's classic 'must do' trails for expert riders. This trail is really like two different trails, the top half and the bottom half. The trail starts out on trail that has a lot of exposure. The first half is really not all that difficult, and goes up and down with some difficult climbing spots in addition to off camber rock edges. The trail starts right out with a filter feature, which is a difficult tight left turn down loose rock steps. If you walk this, expect to walk most of the bottom half.

There are several places to dismount that are very dangerous and close to the cliff edge for the first half. Once you get around the bend into the canyon, there is a short drop to an open viewpoint and a nice view point. This is where you start the lower half.

The lower half is very technical, with some sharp turns that include 2 to 3 foot drops in succession. Some sections include very steep rocky sections between massive boulders. As you get closer to the bottom, you pick up speed out in the open, but quickly find yourself into drops into loose rock and more rock gardens. Very technical, easy to wheel trap.

As technical a trail as this is, it is a lot of fun to test yourself, your bike suspension, and your ability to lean back and not go OTB.

Access Info

Not the easiest to get to. Some people will climb up the steep slickrock Poison Spider Jeep trail, but this is a horrible climb on a bike. The preferred route is to shuttle to the top of Gemini Bridges.

Disclaimer

EXTREME EXPOSURE - experts only!

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Portal mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,073 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,972 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,044 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,044 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,973 ft
  • Grade
    -9.4%
  • Grade max
    -74.8%
  • Grade min
    40.2%
  • Distance climb
    1,791 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    673 ft
  • Avg time
    00:33:39
  • Avg reverse time
    00:48:52
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 12 rides
      • 35.3 km avg distance
      6 Months
      • 160 rides
      • 36.3 km avg distance
      All
      • 2,586 rides
      • Last: Apr 12, 2024

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      May 10, 2017 @ 12:39pm
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      May 4, 2015 @ 6:03pm
      May 4, 2015

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