is a lovely little singletrack trail just below Gemini Bridges north of
Moab. It's only 1.5 miles long, connecting the Gemini Bridges road to the
Metal Masher road. The riding is intermediate in tech requirement, but
suitable for young riders and advanced beginners.
of Arth's Corner on the Gemini Bridges road. Photos and description based
on a ride by Bruce and buddies on April
|The trail has 200 feet of altitude change over its course.
The recommended riding direction is west (the upper Gemini Bridges end) to
east (ending on Metal Masher). A loop ride starting from Gemini Bridges
parking and returning via the gravel road is 3.4 miles. The trail can be
done as an out-and-back.
A few feet from the trailhead, Arth's connects to downhill ends of Getaway
and Bull Run. Across the road from Arth's
trailhead is Great Escape.
Gene takes a look into the big hole at
Gemini Bridges. You aren't allowed to bike the 0.2 miles to the arches.
Bike parking is provided right at the hiking trailhead.
||Arth's Corner is the second segment of the Magnificent 7
epic ride. This route is 26 miles long, beginning with Bull
Run. The next
trail section after Arth's is Little Canyon
Singletrack, located right
across the Gemini Bridges from the end of Metal Masher.
Derek heads out across the slickrock.
Much of the trail surface is as you see here -- easy cruising on Entrada.
The La Sal Mountains form the background. In the middle background are
domes of Navajo sandstone of the upper Moab Rim
with the fins of Behind the Rocks at far right.
|From the Gemini Bridges parking area, head east downhill.
About 0.15 miles after rejoining the main road at the Y fork, the Arth's
Corner singletrack forks off on the left. Keep to the right as Bull Run
and Getaway join on your left. It's well marked. There are
yellow paint spots on the rock to show the way. You won't get lost.
Looking back uphill. Nothing too
tricky here. Nice big yellow paint spots for easy navigation.
||When the trail ends on the Metal Masher road, turn right and
pedal a short distance back to the Gemini Bridges road. If you're doing
the little loop, head uphill on the road. If you doing a longer ride such
as the Mag 7, cross the road to the continuing Little Canyon singletrack.
Gene follows the trail as we near
|Loop ride from Gemini parking area:
Take a walk and see the bridges
0.0 East from parking N38 35.233 W109 42.604
0.2 Join main GB road N38 35.253 W109 42.411
0.4 L into Arth's TH area N38 35.247 W109 42.240
(R off road = Great Escape)
N on Arth's Corner ST
R at immediate fork (L = Getaway and Bull Run)
1.9 R on Metal Masher road N38 35.856 W109 41.653
2.0 R on Gemini Bridges N38 35.773 W109 41.625
Straight across road
Enter Little Canyon singletrack
3.2 Back at road fork, L
3.4 Back at bridges parking
Looking 200 feet down through the arch
||Getting there: From I-70 and Crescent Junction, drive south on US-191 for 20 miles (about
9 miles north of the Colorado River if you're driving out from Moab) to
Highway 313. Drive 13 miles on 313 to the Gemini Bridges sign and turn L
onto dirt road. (For the Mag 7 ride, start here.) Drive
down the gravel road 6 miles then turn right to the Gemini Bridges parking area.
There are also a few parking spots right at the new Arth's Corner trailhead on
the Gemini Bridges road.
Alternate: Two miles south of the 191-313 junction, cross the railroad
tracks to the Gemini Bridges road. (Note: the road will be scary, narrow,
and steep path as it passes over the skirts of the hill.) Follow the road 7 miles to Gemini Bridges.