Jackson's - TRAIL

Jackson's - Trail, Moab, Utah

Start at Amasa Back parking lot and ride Amasa Back. Ride across the double track ridge. Approximately 80-100 yards after crossing the water pipe (prior to the final climb) take a right on a less traveled Jeep road. Follow this trail approximately 75 yards and you'll see a sign that says "Jackson's Trail." From this point the trail becomes technical single track (no jeeps or motorcycles). The trail would be classified a black diamond due to the technical aspect (all of the trail is rideable). However, due to the exposure and consequences if you fall to the left it should be classified as a Double Black Diamond. This trail is a must-do trail due to the great views. However, remember a good rider knows when to get off their bikes. You can hurt yourself on this ride. So, be careful. The end of the trail will take you back to the Amasa parking lot. When you get to the water inlet you'll see a rope on the other side. You have the option of wading through the strench pool and climb the other side(not recommended) or skirt tight right over the water pipe and push your bike along the banks 'til the trail picks up again. You'll have to ride through some shallow water, but it's better than swimming.

User Reviews (12)

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Frank B   Cross Country Rider [May 09, 2014]

I loved this trail. There were a few bits to walk, but rode most. When we rode it, we had it to ourselves. I only thought it was scary in a couple places, but rode them anyway as long as they are not scary and highly technical. The steep switchback section may be ridable for somebody, but not me.

The worst part was riding Amasa Back. That jeep trail is no fun with loose baby heads and jeep traffic. By the time I got on Jackson's I was pretty upset because I came to ride single track. Jackson's made it a worthwhile morning ride.

I do wish I knew to avoid the nasty quagmire at the bottom of Jackson's - that was gross.

Customer Service

Down. Duh.

Similar Products Used: Gemini Bridges and Porcupine Rim.
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4
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2
Parabellum   Weekend Warrior [Apr 09, 2013]

I was a little apprehensive to ride this after reading some of the reviews but I was in Moab during Jeep week and there was a group of Jeeps coming up Amasa Back (they call it Cliffhanger) behind me so I didn't want to go back that way. I ended up doing the out & back to Pothole Arch, then came back to Rockstacker and Jacksons.

Pothole Arch is a fun trail and the arch itself is cool if somewhat unspectacular. I actually found Rockstacker to be much more difficult technically than Jacksons. The entrance move is sketchy and had me off the bike and wondering what I had gotten into, but after that it wasn't too bad except for one other section of switchbacks. I was able to ride most of it but planted my front tire up against a rock just before the last switchback and made an unscheduled stop. Better luck next time. I will say that unless you are an advanced to expert rider you will have trouble with some sections - it is a very technical trail.

Jacksons is sweet. After coming off Rockstacker it almost felt flowy, and I was tempted to get off the brakes and let the bike run a bit. It's a good thing I resisted the temptation (for the most part) though, because this is a place where you don't want to flirt with being on the edge control. In any other setting the technical difficulty of this trail is probably blue, but the exposure here definitely warrants some consideration. It is definitely rideable - I cleaned most of it but did dismount for one particularly tricky move in a very exposed location - and the most difficult section on the trail is a sequence of switchbacks that is past the exposed part. A fall will still send you for a tumble down the hill, but it's nothing like it is further up. Again, this is a trail that will be best enjoyed by advanced or expert level riders, or people who have no problems with heights or the idea of mortality. It is a great ride though!

Customer Service

Park at the lot next to the creek, then ride up the road to the Amasa Back trailhead. Go up Amasa Back, watching for the signs on your right hand side. When you get close to the top, follow the singletrack out to Pothole Arch then back to the junction with Rockstacker. Take Rockstacker to Jacksons, then Jacksons back to the parking lot. Sweet loop.

Similar Products Used: Rockstacker, Pothole Arch, Amasa Back
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4
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2
moorecolorado   Cross Country Rider [Oct 22, 2012]

Rode this on Oct 21, 2012. Standard, rocky Amasa Back climb... fun, flowy trail near on the "plateau"... crummy, dangerous descent -- mostly "hike a bike."

Customer Service

Amasa Back... then go back the way you came! I would not recommend descending via Jackson Trail (not because it's dangerous -- although it IS dangerous --but the trail is simply no fun). Why climb up Amasa Back only to walk your bike down the back side?

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5
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3
Enrique   Cross Country Rider [Jun 05, 2012]

Rode this, let me qualify...TRIED to ride Jackson's after climbing Amasa Back and hitting Pothole Arch. This is a dangerous trail, with significant portions that most riders will have to walk. Warnings of steep ledges, edgy exposure, and sheer drop-offs are not to be taken lightly. Riding here takes a unique skill-set of near perfection combined with nerves of steel. The single track is beautiful but there is no room for error on many sections. You goof, you die and they'll be lucky to find your body in the Colorado River 400 ft below. Shortly past the Jeep trail, the sweet single-track just sucks you in. In no time after a fair descent, you will pop out onto narrow ledges with both breathtaking and, once you realize the commitment, terrifying views of what's in store. This trail would be a blast under different, non-death-defying circumstances. But here, this is an ultra-technical trail not to be ridden by the weekend warrior (although walking it can be a thrill). Ha, and I was wondering why, at my starting climb, a large group of riders on serious downhill rigs where returning on Amasa itself instead of Jackson's. Sure, there are hard boys of questionable sanity who love this trail but I give it only an overall 3 because for most mtn bikers, much of this trail is not safely ridable.

Customer Service

Up Amasa and out and back on Pothole Arch.

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3
VALUE
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3
VICBIKER   Weekend Warrior [May 30, 2012]

We rode Amassa Back, Rockstacker and Jackson Trail our second day of our Moab Trip. We found the trail a nice initiation to Moab and surrounding country. The vistas from the Potash Mine to the Colorado River Canyon were breathtaking.
We ride Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland BC trails so we're used to technical. I would not say that any of these trails are super technical. The issue you will have with Jackson is the exposure. If this trail was anywhere else, with the exception of one switchback it's a green/blue. The scary part of this one is you run along a narrow trail with a 300' drop to the Canyon floor. The risk of catching a bar or doing something unexpected like we all do from time to time for some will not be worth it. I would suggest people not be afraid to walk, it's not about being a technical rider or not, it's about comfort level and risk.
Loved MOAB and surrounding area.

Customer Service

Amassa Back > Rock Stacker > Jackson Trail > parking lot or ride back in to town.

Similar Products Used: Porcupine Rim, Slickrock, Mag 7
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4
VALUE
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3
steve johnsonrod   Downhiller [Jan 30, 2012]

For all the bad reviewers, check the skill level of the trails you are gong to ride so you dont get in over your head and then slam a great trail cuz you cant ride it at your limited level of skills....

Customer Service

DOWN !!!

Similar Products Used: all
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5
VALUE
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5
couteau   Weekend Warrior [Sep 25, 2009]

Just a note on the route description: The 4" pipeline is natural gas NOT water.

All in all this ride is very fun. i love the climb (and descent) of amasa back, but this is a great variation. good exposure, good trail. i am not above walking sections, and didn't feel that i had to walk too much.

I missed the turn back up & into Kane Creek, so crossed below the pipeline & pushed my bike up to the parking lot. the actual trail turns right somewhere near where you enter the tamarisk???

Customer Service

Don't skip the summit, ride amasa back all the way to the top, then catch this on the way back. turn left before you cross the pipe on your way back.

you can see the trail pretty well on Google earth & the new signs posted by BLM are helpful.

Similar Products Used: any & all.
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4
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2
dmar123   Downhiller [May 05, 2009]

this trail is really fun with some great technical riding and some exposure in spots, you can ride the whole thing if you got the skills. great views of the colorado river along the way. at the bottom there is a short section that you have to hike a bike to get up around a creek but its no big deal dont listen to the sissys below, man up and do this trail.
this is one of my favorite loops in moab...and lower your seat when you descend.

Customer Service

ride up amassa back, descend via jacksons trail, then a short ride on kane creek rd. back to parking lot

Similar Products Used: theres that one sweet singletrack up there that goes around a big rock:)
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5
VALUE
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4
crager34   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2008]

Not a bad trail really, if your looking for some technical riding, but if your using this to "simply" loop back to your car, I say it's not worth it. To many times you have to carry your bike and then end of the trail at Kane Creek sucks to get to the other side. Bug spray is mandatory once you get there, as this is a sweet breeding place for blood sucking mosquitos.

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2
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4
Sidi762   Cross Country Rider [Sep 17, 2007]

It was like carrying your bike on your back down a narrow, steep stairwell in a skyscraper. Also beware the "goathead thorns" at the end across the creek and in and near the parking lot. We all got flats and one guy had so many he just bought new tires. SUCKS,SUCKS,SUCKS

Customer Service

Take Amassa Back up and back...don't ruin your payoff for all that climbing by taking the Jackson trail from hell.

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1
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5
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