The Gold Bar ST is a nice but steepish climb up tilted slickrock. It's a good ride all by itself, although only about 2 miles. Then the trail joins the Gold Bar 4x4 route, which is considerably less fun. The combined route is 3.8 miles with 900 vertical feet elevation change; about 1100 feet of climbing. Top altitude is 5400 feet.Note that there's a Gold Bar Rim Trail that's a 4x4 route climbing from the Gemini Bridges Road to the overlook. And there's the Gold Bar Rim Singletrack Trail that runs from the top of this trail to the Portal Trail. When discussing these trails, be sure you're talking about the right route!
At the Gold Bar Overlook, the Blue Dot route continues as the Gold Bar Rim slickrock route .
Don't be that guy.
Special Note for the Humor Impaired: This photo was staged. We didn't ride on Blue Dot. While the portion of the Blue Dot trail along the rim between the viewpoint and the north end of Poison Spider is now a legal route (October 2015), the Blue Dot trail that bypasses the upper Gold Bar 4x4 route is NOT.
The techy Rim singletrack begins just a few feet away from the viewpoint. If you're doing Golden Spike , drop down about 100 feet and veer left southbound. Note that you can follow Golden Spike to Rusty Nail for a loop ride. If you're dropping back down via Gold Bar, drop rightward off the rock and keep heading down.
We made a loop out of the first half of the Mag 7. We hit Bull Run , Arth's , Little Canyon , and Gold Bar ST, then descended Gold Bar road to Gemini Road and cranked back to 313. It's probably more work than riding the whole Mag 7, but we didn't have a shuttle. Distance 27.5 miles, vertical 3500. If you want to do it, combine the Magnificent7 and GoldBarGemini tracks from the area GPX file.
Suggest drive into Gold Bar 0.4 miles. Park
near wash just before road starts climbing.
Bike up 0.1 miles and find ST on L
0.0 Northeast uphill on ST, leave Gold Bar jeep road
N38 35.881 W109 40.143
1.1 Stay L. Alternate track on R
N38 36.543 W109 39.961
1.5 Alternate rejoins N38 36.682 W109 39.698
2.0 Straight (R), L=closed area
N38 36.635 W109 39.295
Descend toward Gold Bar
2.3 Join Gold Bar rd, fork L
N38 36.419 W109 39.233
N38 36.817 W109 38.562
3.8 Straight (L) to viewpoint (R=Golden Spike)
N38 36.849 W109 38.525
3.8 Viewpoint, backtrack downhill
3.9 Mag 7: L on Golden Spike
Loop ride: descend Gold Bar road
5.3 Pass ST connector (option: fork R)
6.0 Keep R (L=return from Rusty Nail)
N38 36.097 W109 39.346
7.0 At singletrack crossing (see 0.0)
7.2 Stay on main road (L=primitive camp)
7.5 At Gemini Bridges Road
Gold Bar 4x4 road for loop: From I-70 drive south on US-191 for 22 miles (about 7 miles north of Moab). Spot the parking area on the west (right as you head toward Moab) side of the road. GPS N 38° 39.381' W 109° 40.672'. Drive up the Gemini Bridges road about 4 miles, and fork L toward Gold Bar Rim and drive along the wash 0.4 miles. You can park near the wash at N38 35.849 W109 40.304. Begin riding up the hill. Within 0.1 mile, you should spot a singletrack crossing the road. Fork left to start the Gold Bar ST.
Printable one-page ride summary
GPS track file (right-click and select "Save Target as..."):
Gold Bar ST to Rim only
Area trail tracks
GPX Mag 7 as single route
Topo maps for printing: Low Res Mag 7 High-Res Gold Bar
Lodging, camping, shops: Link to Moab area resources