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Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa

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Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, Utah

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Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa

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  • Dropping past the Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trailhead marker.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • Climbing past the cliffs.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • Pulling off the jeep trail onto singletrack.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • Riding Hymasa in the Amasa Mountain Bike Trails.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • Climbing over slickrock.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • Riding Hymasa in the Amasa Mountain Bike Trails.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • Trailmarker at top of the trail.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • Riding Hymasa in the Amasa Mountain Bike Trails.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • Riding Hymasa in the Amasa Mountain Bike Trails.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • The La Sals in the background.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
  • Frost covered cactus on the side of the trail.- Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails: Hymasa
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing vistas. Varied and challenging terrain.
Cons: 
Often busy.
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Region:
Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
594.00 ft (181.05 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
6.60 mi (10.62 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,123.00 ft (1,256.69 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Hymasa serves as the singletrack access for several different trails in Moab's Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trails region, but it’s also a great ride in its own right. It begins right at the Cliff Hanger Safari/Amasa Back Road parking area. From here it drops quickly down into the bottom of the gully; you'll then begin your long ride up. It periodically joins with the doubletrack, but the route is clearly marked and easy to follow.

As you climb out of the canyon you'll pass fascinating rock features and impressive views. The vistas are absolutely stunning once you reach the top, and you'll see canyons, hoodoos, and towering mountains serving as a backdrop for the rest of your ride. The trail carries you over slickrock, chunky exposed rock, sand, and hard packed clay, winding you around mesas and through junipers.

Eventually you reach the Captain Ahab Trailhead. You can continue on to other trails, or you can turn around and head back down the trail. The descent is fun and relatively technical with several short climbs along the route.

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