“An awesome loop around the Amasa Back area.”
— Tom Dobson
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Captain Ahab is a very
popular downhill mountain biking trail. If you're hoping to avoid the two-wheeled mayhem, try to hike this early.
This loop is highlighted by incredible beauty and 360-degree vistas.
Need to Know
Early is better to avoid the jeep and mountain biking crowds.
Starting from the parking lot just down Kane Creek Road from the Amasa Back
trailhead, hike up the road to the trailhead, head down the hill on Hymasa Start Segment
and cross the stream. Climb the jeep trail for a short ways before forking left onto Captain Ahab Trail
Captain Ahab Trail
is the best singletrack I saw in Moab. Awesome views and super rugged terrain made for mouth-dropping (maybe because I couldn't breathe) technical hiking. The Captain Ahab Trail
is about 4 miles long and climbs the plateau before rejoining the Amasa Back
. The biking crowd is supposed to roll downhill, but hikers can head up it. Just be cautious of downhill mountain bikers.
Keep climbing over Cliffhanger past the Jacob's (Jackson's) Ladder Overlook
and out to the End of the Road trail. Two quick optional out and backs will add a little mileage before getting serious and heading out to the Pothole Arch Trail
. Pothole Arch Trail
makes you wonder how a giant batch of cookie dough turned into stone and became an incredible slick rock adventure. A mile out and back brings you to Rockstacker
Trail and the downhill begins.
travels across some seriously rugged terrain. Be ready for tough downhill scrambles and potential ankle busters. Pay attention and enjoy the views and you descend. The trail ties directly into Jackson's Trail
and downhill to the Kane Springs Trailhead. Blaze a half mile back up the road to your car and stroke your ego after one awesome loop.