Amasa Back, Jackson's

Amasa Back is one of the top three recommended trails in Moab. I love it for the views and the good workout that it can give you. Otherwise, it's a beat up rocky/technical double track with a very technical/many a hike a bike moments downhill (called Jackson's trail) that provides more stunning views of the Colorado River. Many (most) do Amasa Back as an out 'n back, leaving off Jackson's trail. Don't get me wrong. This is a great trail but I like Poison Spider Mesa linked with the Portal Trail way better.

Ride Type: Loop utilizing rocky double track to top and extreme technical singletrack downhill
Distance: 8.92 mi
Elevation Gain: 1979 ft
Time: 1.75-3hrs
Season: Spring & Fall to avoid extreme heat
Recommended Map: Moab West by Latitude 40 (includes Amasa Back, Poison Spider Mesa, Gemini Bridges, Hurrah Pass, Jackson's, Sovereign and many more) 


Getting There: Head south out of town on main street (hwy 191). Hang a right on Kane Creek rd. (McDonald's on corner). Travel about 5 miles on Kane Creek rd ( at about 1 mile bare left at the fork to stay on Kane Creek) which hugs the Colorado River. Right when the road turns to dirt and bears left, there is a trailhead seated down to your right. This is parking lot #1 (see map below). If connecting with Jackson's trail (described here) park here. If doing the out 'n back proceed .67 mi to parking lot #2. From here, ride up the dirt road .47 mi and the Amasa back trailhead is down on your right hand side.

Camping: campsites are everywhere. Note that there are some campsites in this area that require you to have a honey bucket (your own porta potty). Always camp in an established aka "already used" campsite. Leave no new trace by camping on other people's existing traces.

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