Added by John Maurizi
A new classic mountain bike trail in the Mountain Bike capitol of the world!
The Mag 7 a relatively new mountain bike route in 2012 that parallels Gemini Bridge road where the trail begins. The trail consists of 4 sections, Bull Run, Arth's Corner, Little Cyn, Gold Bar and Gold Bar Rim. Everyone is talking about this route and it is all great. I have to agree. This will become a classic and a must do if you are mountain biking the area.
There are several ways to access this trail. You can ride from the Gemini Bridge parking area on 191, shuttle cars if you are fortunate to have two, or pay a shuttle service, which is more expensive than a ride to Hazard County and Porcupine Rim. I opted for the shuttle and paid $45 per person in 2012. We parked our car at Route 191 and Gemini Bridges road where a taxi service picked us up and drove us up route 313 and dropped us at the top of Gemini Bridges. If you are renting a mountain bike, any one of the dealers in Moab will have a list of shuttles to choose from.
After riding down the gravel Gemini Bridges road a short distance, the first section is Bull Run, is on the right. This is the longest section and I thought it was the best. Considered an intermediate ride, the only difficulties are some of the very tight turns. If your riding a 29er, be careful. The trail rides the rim of Bull Canyon across slick rock and rolling hills. This section is beautiful for riding but the views are just as spectacular. However, an unmarked barbwire fence that crosses the trail.
The next section is Arth's Corner. This is much shorter than Bull Run and has a few more sharp turns. At the end of this section turn right on Gemini Bridges until you can pick up Little Cyn.
The next section is Little Cyn. Another nice section that crosses Bull Canyon Road and continues, so be careful not to miss the trail. If your car is parked at Gemini Bridges parking area it may be a good idea to bail out here. Turn left on Bull Canyon and then right onto Gemini Bridges and out. If you do all of Little Cyn, that road out to
Gemini Bridges is deep sand and you can only walk your bike unless you are riding a fatbike. Continuing on to complete Gold Bar leaves you no access to Gemini Bridges and you would be forced to take out the Poison Spider trail, which is longer and just as sandy.
Once at the end of Little Cyn and you get back onto Gemini Bridges, I'm not going to sugar coat it, It is horribly hot, sandy and steep to get out. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and somehow park it back at Little Cyn, you will be lovin' life! We had to bail out here because of where our car was parked (15 mile mark). But the trail continues for a total of 22 miles. The last section of the Gold Bar Rim is amazing!
But all that at the end it's totally worth doing the Mag 7!
- Mountain Bike (plenty of rental shops in Moab)
- repair kit
- extra tire tube
- plenty of water
- let someone know your return time!
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