||Bar B Loop
One of the Moab Brand Trails
Connection to the Killer B downhill
The Bar B Loop is part of the Moab Brand
Trail system, located a few miles north of Moab. The Bar B loop itself
is only 2.5 miles in length, but the shortest ride using this trail will
be about 10.5 miles.
View east from the Bar B, Arches
National Park lies on the horizon. Photos and write-up by Bruce,
Including the climb on the Bar
M, there will be 500 vertical feet of climbing. The western half of
the Bar B has some short sections of advanced-technical riding.
The Bar B trail climbs the bluff as it
snakes away from the Bar M loop.
||You get to the Bar B by riding counterclockwise on the Bar M loop. At
the far southern end of Bar M, the Bar B begins as a narrow singletrack
climbing the bluff. (The Bar B is designed to be ridden counterclockwise.)
Singletrack gives way to up-and-down riding as singletrack rolls over rock
There are views in all directions. As
the trail turns on top of the bluff, you have an endless look south, east,
About a mile along the Bar B, there's a short section of
highly technical descent through a rock garden. It's not that hairy if you
know the right lines. But the first time through, as you slow and look
around searching for where the trail goes, it's an invitation to endo.
After this section, it's back to narrow dirt singletrack.
Trail section (the rock path lower
left to upper right).
At the southern end of the Bar B loop, the Killer
B downhill route branches off to the right. You'll climb over the
ridge on doubletrack, then head back on smooth doubletrack that becomes a
slickrock path along the edge of the bluff.
Another section of trail, heading west
Once you arrive back at the Bar B's beginning, you can continue with
the Bar M loop, or you can turn right and
ride the Rockin A over to the Circle
View north on the return portion of
the Bar B. The ride follows the break between sandstone and mountain.
Riding notes, Bar M to Bar B
0.0 Exit parking, turn right and ride south
0.7 Pass Gemini underpass, keep straight
1.7 Fork L (leave 191)
2.3 Fork R (L = Bar M shortcut)
2.9 Keep straight (Bar M loops to L)
After 100 feet, fork R on ST
(You'll return to this same
Begin Bar B!
4.0 Technical section
4.3 Fork L uphill on DT
(R = descend Killer B)
4.8 Keep L (R = to walk-through into Arches)
5.4 Back at Bar M, keep straight
(option: fork R into
10.5 Back at parking
View of typical trail on the western
half of the loop. Up and down as you roll over rocks.
From the I-70 exit, drive south on US-191 for 22 miles. From
Moab, drive 7 miles north from the Colorado River on 191. When you see
the Gemini Bridges parking area, look for a gravel road on the opposite
side (east, away from the cliffs). Turn onto the gravel road and
immediately go right, then right again into the parking area. GPS N 38°
39.38' W 109° 40.66'. The trail starts by riding the gravel road either
north or south. Our ride description assumes you'll ride south out
of the parking lot, counterclockwise on the Bar M.
Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
GPX file all Moab Brand area
Bar B track only
Expert Tour Bar-M-O-A-B-plus
High-res topo for printing: View
Lodging, camping, shops:
Links to Moab area resources
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