Portal (Mag 7), Moab, UT

Portal is the last segment of Mag 7, and epic. Epic in exposure (next to a 1300 foot cliff), epic in views of Moab and the valley below, and epic in technical descent down to the highway. 

The initial trail is easy and rideable.

"this ain't so bad"
“this ain’t so bad”

Then, the left side of the trail disappears, and the cliff is just a few inches off the trail.

where'd the left side go?
where’d the left side go?

The trail is difficult enough, and then my friend Brian endoed.

endo!
endo!

Bryan was fine – he got up and dusted himself off. At that point, we all got a little more conservative and off the bikes.  There are two BLM signs on the trail that warn you to “Dismount now, bikers have died here” and we heeded the warnings. 

me and Tom at first dismount sign
me and Tom at first dismount sign
walking the exposed parts
walking the exposed parts
last bit of big exposure
last bit of big exposure

After the exposure, the drop down to the highway is hugely technical and lots of hike-a-bike unless you are a rock hopping expert.

hike-a-bike for mere mortals
hike-a-bike for mere mortals

I was able to catch Bryan’s endo on the vid below.

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