Poison Spider Mesa - TRAIL

Poison Spider Mesa - Trail, Moab, Utah

I have only visited moab once and this was my favorite ride. You start at the bottom and ride up. This trail has everything. A steep rocky fire road, then some sand pits, steep slick-rock type rolling hills (big ones) try not to get lost at this point in the ride, I almost did, then some moderate double track to the top of the trail. From there you ride down on the face of a cliff. It is pretty far-out to be riding down steep boulders which swichback and all the while having a 1000ft drop to your side. You could lose your balance and die on parts of this ride! It was great... and at the end of the trail you can leave your comments in a sign-out box. Oh yeah... people stack rocks up at the top of the trail.

User Reviews (37)

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frickinGUY   Weekend Warrior [Dec 14, 2011]

it was like a walk on the beach. you will literally be walking your bike on sand, and there's lots of it. there were some fun sections that would be way more fun minus the jeep tire track marks that make the rocks very slippery. there's better trails in Moab but if you decide to do this trail you owe it yourself to go down the Portal. sure its scary and if you fall you could die but if you climbed up this stupid trail you'd know that going back down the sand just sounds terrible.

Customer Service

from the parking lot, slap your self on the a$$, pack your stuff back up and go elsewhere.

Similar Products Used: amasa back, porcupine rim, slick rock
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2
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4
danielrichards   Cross Country Rider [Aug 02, 2011]

Riding this trail by itself coming from anywhere in the country this would be mind blowing it. Riding it after a week of other spectacular Moab/Canyon Land rides and it leaves a lot to be desired. Too much bike and hike, not enough rythm riding. There are way better trails that you can do to see either slick rock or scenery. If you are limited in the amount of time you have in Moab don't waste your time.

Customer Service

It's marked pretty well until you get towards the end and on the more consitant slick rock. If you are only getting about a hundred yards at a time of riding before having to get off your bike to walk through sand you are going the right way.

Similar Products Used: Slick Rock is a blast, Porcupine Ridge is a good time if you have a way to shuttle it. For scenery White Rim trail is about as good as it gets.
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3
drlg   Cross Country Rider [May 04, 2011]

A few fun sections, several hike-a-bike sections (sand), alot of fairly dull riding (dirt roads, uninspiring slickrock). Great views and scenery save this trail.

Similar Products Used: Sovereign, Amasa Back
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3
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2
aword4you   Weekend Warrior [Nov 09, 2006]

Rode this trail in Mid-October when we were there (in the midst of the most rain ever in Moab, a few days before the 24 Hour race was cancelled/put on hold etc). It was a day and a half after the rain stopped, weather was perfect. Some puddles, but the sand was just as bad as ever, i imagine. There are hike-a-bikes due to it, but the trail is cool otherwise. Follow the white paint jeeps. The scenery is beautiful and the rocks/ledges are fun. Good slick rock sections and a great viewing area if you climb up. We didn't take the Portal trail down, just turned around and went down the Poison Spider trail.

Customer Service

Followed a route in a Moab trail book. Most of the bike shops also have cheap maps that are one page and less than a buck. A map isn't necessary, but there are a few trail intersections.

Similar Products Used: Slickrock, Porcupine Rim, Fruita trails
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4
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2
Cabin Fever   Cross Country Rider [Sep 21, 2004]

you'll find some people say that the sand kills this ride, and others that say it doesn't. after all the hype i heard about this trail being sandy as sh*t, i was aactually surprised to find LESS sand than i was expecting, and i rode it when it was about as dry as it can get. granted, there were several sandy sections that required some lengthy hike-a-bike, but i would say this: if you haven't ridden it, give it at least the benefit of the doubt and ride it once, then decide. you will get frustrated, but if you don't ride it, you'll be missing a lotof cool stuff. i think that it was pretty decent otherwise. then of course, making it a loop via Portal was just awesome. definitely do Portal.

Customer Service

up to portal, then don to potash and back

Similar Products Used: all of 'em
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4
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4
Santa-Claus   Weekend Warrior [Oct 10, 2003]

Hello Kids! I hope you all are being good this year and you better, because I am watching. Santa is having fun during the off season riding on a lot of trails on his summer sled, it has four wheels and shocks. I really like it, it is fun and my reindeer are staying in shape for the winter. We rode on the Poison Spider Mesa and it was a lot of fun! I saw jeep arch and a lot of cool rocks. The trail was very fast and Comet fell and got a bruise on his chest. He is O.K. now. What a ride! Boy, it was hot. It's not like the North Pole.

Customer Service

We did pretty much about halfway till Comet fell and got hurt, then we flew off. Rudolf complained and wanted to do more.

Similar Products Used: Whistler, Canada. Switzerland, Norway, China, Phillipines, Australia, Mount Snow, California, and Kenya. All the trails there were fun!
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5
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5
Tony   Racer [Sep 27, 2003]

Well, I was fairly excited at first when we started the climb (I love to climb) out from the parking lot but that all soon changed. This trail has a lot of sand pits which are rather long. If you want to walk your bike often then this is the trail for you. There are a few mediocre technical sections that are fun but nothing to get very excited about. The only high point of this trail is that it leads you to the Portal Trail, which isn't as dangerous as some people make it seem (2 motocross bikes went down it the day we were there...no, I'm not lying). My recommendation is to skip the Poison Spider trail regardless of how long your stay in Moab might be because there are plenty other rides wayyyyyyy superior to this joke of a trail to be had (i.e. Sovereign Trail, Porcupine Rim, of course Slick Rock). It's obvious this trail is ideally for jeeps and it should stay that way.

Customer Service

Don't bother with this trail.

Similar Products Used: See description.
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1
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3
David   [Jan 11, 2000]

This trail is way too sandy to be any fun. It's not challenging, except for the sand. Too much other good stuff in Moab, don't waste your time.

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Ben   [Mar 18, 2000]

contrary to the other 2 reviews, this trail is a blast. It is mostly climbing, but its not hard climbing. Alot of technical ledges and slickrock staircases are challenging, but fun. there IS alot of sand, but it offers little problem. If you cant ride it, walk it and rest. the portal at the end is a killer time too. 5 chilis for a good workout

Customer Service

up poison spider, down the portal.

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5
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Ross   [Mar 23, 2000]

This is by far one of the nicest trails in the Moab area. While it would appear to be faily tame, there is a lot of extemely technical riding just off the beaten path, but don't go too fat - you could get lost or ride off a cliff. The views are awesome and the ups and downs gives your body a break. Watch out for the nasty drops on the Portal Trail, such as the "deadly spot!"

Customer Service

Start at the parking area by the "dinosaur tracks." Just follow the 4x4 road and the little Jeeps painted on the slickrock. Take a left at the major fork on top of the mesa. Finish with the Portal Trail.

Similar Products Used: Slickrock, Moab Rim
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4
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