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    Captain Ahab Trail

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    13.5 km
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    444 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Captain Ahab Trail is a technical mountain biking trail that is also a popular hiking route. This circuitous trail winds its way through a beautiful network of desert singletrack and backroad paths. This hike gets a lot of sun so make sure you are well prepared with lots of water and proper desert-hiking attire.

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    Route Description for Captain Ahab Trail

    Though the Captain Ahab trail is primarily a mountain biking trail, it can also be a fun, challenging day-hike for experienced hikers. When hiking, keep in mind that you will be sharing this trail with technical mountain bikers operating at high speeds, so stick to the side of the trail and allow bikes to pass. This trail gets very popular on weekends, so we suggest hiking it mid-week to avoid trail congestion. The views from this trail are absolutely stunning. Bring lots of water with you on this hike, there are few opportunities to rest in the shade, and there are no water sources along this route. Consider saving this hike for a cooler day to avoid heat exhaustion.

    From the Amasa Back parking area, head down the road to the start of the trail on the north side of Kane Springs Road. Stay left at the trail divide and follow the path as it crosses over Kane Spring. At the first divide past the creek, stay right and then take a left at the divide immediately past here to start on “Cliffhanger Trail.” Follow Cliffhanger Trail for 0.8 km to an intersection, continue straight at this crossroads. Do the same at the next intersection 1.0 km later and the following intersection 1.1 km past there. Three miles from the trailhead, you will reach a T-intersection of trails. Take a left here onto the “Upper Captain Ahab Trail.” Follow Upper Captain Ahab Trail for 3.4 km to an intersection with a back road. Cross over the road onto “Lower Captain Ahab Trail” and follow this path for 3.2 km until you reach familiar territory as the Lower Captain Ahab Trail links up with Cliffhanger Trail. Take a right here and follow the path back out to the road.

    This trail has lots of twists and turns and intersections, so it might seem complicated but don’t worry- it is well signed and well maintained and well-populated, so it is tough to get lost.

    Getting to the Captain Ahab Trail Trailhead

    From highway 191 in Moab, turn west onto Kane Creek Boulevard. Follow Kane Creek Boulevard for 8.5 km as it turns into Kane Springs Road. Look for the Amasa Back parking lot on the west side of the road. This is the parking area and starting point for the Captain Ahab Trail.

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    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do

      April to September

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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