Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab is a one-way trail that forks off the Amasa Back trail. This singletrack requires expert-level technical skills, confidence, and strength. This is one of the more difficult trails in the Moab area. The singletrack is 4.3 miles in length. While it's one-way, it's not a "downhill" trail. From the ridgeline 2.7 miles up Amasa Back it will ascend 300 feet in altitude, but up-and-down riding tallies almost 1000 vertical feet of climbing over the course of the trail.
Riding notes, short loop:
0.0   Exit parking, uphill on road N38 31.710 W109 35.705
0.6   Drop R off road N38 31.435 W109 36.096
0.7   Take air off ledge, turn right on DT
Alt = ST straight shortcut
0.8   Cross creek N38 31.589 W109 36.080
1.0   Turn R (L = exit from Captain Ahab)
N38 31.521 W109 36.261
2.3   R at fork (L = mid-way Ahab connector)
N38 31.057 W109 36.804
2.7   L onto Captain Ahab)
N38 31.098 W109 37.114
4.9   Cross connector
N38 30.809 W109 36.594
7.0   R downhill on Amasa
N38 31.521 W109 36.261
7.2   Cross creek
7.5   L downhill on road
8.0   Back at parking
Getting there: Head south on Moab's Main Street. When you reach the McDonald's on your right, turn right onto Kane Creek Blvd. After 0.6 miles, go straight where the road seems to turn right (500 West). Drive along the Colorado River about 5 miles until the road turns to gravel, and head uphill about 2/3 mile. Watch for the "Amasa Back Parking" area at GPS N 38° 31.329' W 109° 35.501'. Park here. Pedal further up the gravel road 1/2 mile, and turn right onto the trail at the sign.
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