Gold Bar Rim (Mag 7), Moab, UT

After Little Canyon you begin a climb up Gold Bar to Gold Bar Rim, and from there you can ride the rim of the canyon leading into Moab. 

After a long day of riding mostly downhill on Mag 7, the sudden hard climbing is a bit of a shock to the system, but stick with it – the rewards will be worth it.

a little bit of downhill on climb to the rim
a little bit of downhill on climb to the rim

The views are spectacular all around.  Panorama shots were made for this route!

Brian, Tom and I atop the rim
Brian and Tom looking down on Highway 191

There’s LOTS of exposure, so you have to really watch where you ride.  An older, more dangerous route right along the cliff edge is marked with blue dots, but the newer, less exposed route is marked with yellow dots.  You get to choose your level the exposure amount for much of the ride.

Brian and Tom ahead near the edge
Brian and Tom ahead near the edge

The route is full of technical ups and downs, but most of it is rideable for a skilled biker. 

Brian nailed it
Brian nailed it

You might want to check out the drops before dumping into them so that you can pick the best path.

on the way to Portal
on the way to Portal

As you proceed along the rim, you’ll hit a fork and can go left up to the famous Portal trail, or right onto Poison Spider.  

 

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