Amasa Back - TRAIL

Amasa Back - Trail, Moab, Utah

This is the best short ride in the Moab Area. If you are arriving in Moab late in the afternoon and want to get in a quick ride, drive to the trailhead and do this one. This out-and-back trail offers some technical ledge climbs and lots of slickrock near the apex. The views of Jackson Hole (a large butte) and the Colorado River are amazing. A sandy spur at 2.4 miles from the trailhead (8.3 miles from Moab) also goes out to a must-see view.

User Reviews (64)

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Mike McC   Weekend Warrior [Oct 01, 2014]

The Amasa back area has several trail networks. I recently road up Amasa back and then looped over and came down captain A-hab. It was an awesome loop. The trail is technical, but not overwhelming. It has a better flow on the downhill portion than i expected. There were a few sections that I was white-knuckling, but I have only ridden the A-hab down once, so that is sorta to be expected. I rode it all on my 12 year old hard-tail with only 80 mm of travel, and wasn't supper beat up at the end surprisingly. The trail has an awesome variety of riding, always a new surprise around every bend.

Customer Service

I would recommend this to people who are in moderate to good physical condition. Amasa back on its own could be a good out and back for anybody, but to do the Amasa to A-hab loop you need to be in tolerable condition. I really enjoyed the scenic views, and the exposed lines coming down A-hab. They wouldn't bode well with those who are greatly afraid of heights.

Similar Products Used: I enjoy just about any trail in Moab, as long as I'm on a bike I'm happy.
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5
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5
feltbloomovsteel   Cross Country Rider [Sep 11, 2010]

i've ridden Amasa Back a few times this year and like many others i highly recommend it but i wanted to add a review that included the loop option that goes along the other side of the 'billboard'. i always ride Amasa all the way up, going left at JacksonJunction and biking up to the slickrock ledge that provides a great lookout to the south. from there you can retrace the trail back to Jackson Junction and go north. from there the trail is fluid and mostly flat, you are now on the west side of the Billboard (which is just a high rock wall that runs along most of the Amasa Back trail). after a mile or two you will reach a junction, going staight will take you on an out an back to Pothole Arch. it is some up and down slick rock stuff. Pothole Arch is just a hole in the rock, i was not impressed but i was riding in early August with the temp. over 105 degrees (i should note here that at this time of year i saw no-one on any trails as the heat is quite dangerous. i had to take breaks every few miles to cool down in the shade and regain my composure. dehydration and loss of focus were the major issues. so this far into the ride at this temp, i was needing much more of a site for motivation). when you return from the Pothole "Arch", you'll come back to the junction you went straight at and now you will go right, thus hopping onto the east side of the Billboard. i believe this is called Rock Stack trail because it is mostly marked by stacks of rocks that are very useful guides. i would rate this section as highly difficult as there are numerous drops that are over 3 feet. it is thus only rideable if you can do these extreme drops, else wise you will be lugging your bike a bit like i did. the trail also has exposure as you are riding above the Colorado river and mostly following a ledge, though it is not a sheer drop but you would probably go rolling for quite awhile. a couple of miles in you'll come to a turn off to the right that will take you back over to Amasa Back trail at Jackson Junction. if you go strait staying on the Rock Stacker trail you continue with more of the same drops and exposure all the way down to the Colorado river. the end of this loop comes out on Kane Creek road right near where the pavement ends (as apposed to doing Amasa Back as an out'n back where you would finish 2 miles or more up the dirt section of Kane Creek road).

Customer Service

i would take Amasa Back as an out and back. its very wonderful. i did get 2 pinch flats on my last ride there so upping the tire pressure was a benefit for me. on the loop ride in august i ran out of water, i had brought 2 liters with me and it was not enough.

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4
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4
rpalmer   Cross Country Rider [Jul 08, 2010]

This is a sick trail. The climb is a good workout but nothing to be scared of if you aren't in the best shape. Climbing on slickrock is actually pretty fun to me, and the scenery is some of the best in Moab (saying a lot there). Its just an out-and-back ride that has some spur options, like Jacob's Ladder, but I would personally recommend you use Jacob's Ladder to come UP rather than go DOWN. There are several ride options at the bottom of Jacob's Ladder that are worth doing, but as far as the Amasa Back ride is concerned, you will love the tech sections, quick steep ups and downs, and a rocking downhill with more jumps and ledges than you can count. I personally think this is the best downhill in Moab (better than Porcupine -- fewer sandy spots, more slickrock). Of the "big 4" rides in Moab (Slickrock Trail, Amasa Back, Sovereign, and Porcupine Rim), Amasa Back ranks 2nd to me behind Slickrock.

Customer Service

Just ride to the top and then bomb it back down to your car! Park at the parking lot in Kane Creek Canyon and the signage to the trail is easy to follow.

Similar Products Used: Slickrock Trail (one of the greatest trails on God's Red Earth), Sovereign, Monitor & Merrimac (short but fun), Klondike Bluffs
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5
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3
Brett   Weekend Warrior [May 27, 2009]

WARNING: This trail has a 3-4 foot drop off in the first 50 feet or so. I want you to learn from my mistakes. I somehow didn't notice this ledge until it was too late. Result: over the handlebars and a broken collarbone. After reading all the rave reviews, I'm determined to try it again. But I'll be carrying my bike over that initial drop.

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5
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5
GE   Weekend Warrior [May 22, 2009]

I'm a lower intermediate rider so don't be afraid to try this trail. It is technical, steep, and challenging enough going up and back to keep your attention but not so tough that you can't enjoy the ride. Great view of the Colorado River up top. I ride it in early Sept. Take plenty of aqua. Real easy to take a spill coming down if you push the speed (I have rock marks on my helmet to prove it)!

Customer Service

Up and back from trailead/parking lot off Kane Creek Road.

Similar Products Used: Its Moab. Its all good. Klondike Bluffs also a fav.
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4
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4
cnydirtroadie   Cross Country Rider [Nov 02, 2008]

Awesome out and back. Climb out over ledges and slickrock, eat lunch at the top with a beautiful view overlooking the valley, then descend back as hard and fast as you can handle.

Similar Products Used: Porcupine Rim, Burro, Hazard County Singletrack
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5
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4
Mac5   Weekend Warrior [Jan 05, 2008]

I've only ridden this trail once, back in February 2002 (during the Salt Lake Olympics). We were pretty much the only ones on the trail that day (I think we saw two other people). What an awesome ride! I rode it with a hardtail, so I wasn't able to enjoy all of the drops, but still a blast to ride! I will finally return in April after a 5 year layoff, now equipped with a full suspension bike to really be able to enjoy the trail!

Similar Products Used: Slickrock, of course! Monitor and Merrimac is a pretty good ride too! (especially for beginners or the less extreme)
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5
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4
Sidi762   Cross Country Rider [Sep 17, 2007]

The Amassa Back section is awesome but DO NOT descend on the Jackson Hole spur. It is almost completely unridable with considerable erosion damage. Go back the way you came and you will have a ball. We climbed all the way to the overlook and got no pay back becasue we took the Jackson Hole. It was like carrying your bike on your back down a narrow, steep stairwell in a skyscraper. Also beware the "goathead thorns" in and near the parking lot. We all got flats and one guy had so many he just bought new tires.

Customer Service

Out and back on Amassa.....stay clear of the Jackson Hole downhill spur trail!

Similar Products Used: Sovereign Sgltrk, Porcupine Rim,
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4
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4
PAmtbiker   Racer [Jul 14, 2006]

A nice technical climb followed by some great views. There are some pretty challenging climb sections that are almost uncleanable when wet/snowy. The views of Jackson's hole/Butte are amazing from the top of the climb. It's mostly service road to the top of the Mesa, which is cool and all... butt

Customer Service

Some singletrack is needed.

Start from town and ride out the aforemationed road. it's about 6 miles to the parking lot. Then it's about 1.75 miles up to the actual trail head. Descend the rock stairs and peel right around some singletrack to the creek cross the creek and go up for about 3 mi. Once you pass a pipe running over the trail look to bear right (towards the rim). Look for signs for Jacksons Trail. It is some sweet singletrack that snakes it's way down the wall of the mesa. It's pretty technical with a bunch of drops and two very tight switchbacks. Ride that out, cross the creek and climb a bit back to the main road. about a 6.5 mi ride total.

Similar Products Used: It's Moab, everything is good.
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5
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4
fabio   Weekend Warrior [Jan 09, 2006]

One of the best rides I'v done (Utah or other wise). Yeah the trail has changed for the worse. It is still fun. 4 wheel traffic is a bummer so stay away on the weekend. Check out some of the pictures of the ride in the photo area. Also Bartlett Wash pictures. This one works good for me. I can work the hard spots while waiting or my wife to catch up.

Customer Service

out and back

Similar Products Used: the norm. Porcupine, Bartlett etc. not to thrilled with poison Spider (way to many jeeps).
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4
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4
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