One-way Distance: 1.3 miles
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 4594 - 4966 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Arth's Corner
Attractions: Aerobic singletrack
The Gold Bar Singletrack trail is located in the Gemini Bridges Trails Area near Moab, Utah. The trail is the 4th leg of the Magnificent 7 trails. The singletrack is a 1.3 mile mountain biking option to the longer 3.5 mile Gold Bar 4x4 Road. This leg of the Mag 7 trails is made up of the 1.3 miles of singletrack and the rest of the 4x4 road leading up to the rim overlooking the Moab Valley.
The trail begins at a junction with the Gold Bar 4x4 Road where the Little Canyon trail ends.
Yellow stripes of paint mark the mostly slickrock route.
From a large dome of slickrock you can see the road that leads out to the Gemini Bridges Road a short distance away.
Several moderate ledges come up as the trail continues up the sloping landscape.
The trail has an average grade of 7% for an all uphill climb with only a few level areas.
The scenery is a little different from other trails in the area but nonetheless pleasing.
Routes through and around boulders make a playground for the trail to course through.
There isn't much we can say about this spot other than 'good luck'.
Even with a couple of technical spots the slickrock beats the heck out of the 4x4 road.
The singletrack ends near an overlook of Bride Canyon. Another sign suggests turning around at this point.
We aren't sure whether the two spires in this picture are the bride and groom or not. We didn't see any other candidates.
Now it's time for one of those epic downhill runs that makes the uphill climb a faded memory.