||Little Canyon Singletrack
The Little Canyon ST is 2.3 miles of fairly easy riding on slickrock
and singletrack. The trail leaves the Gemini Bridges road at the
Masher intersection and descends to a spot near the beginning of the Gold
Bar Rim trail. The vertical change is 350 feet, with top altitude
Note: Don't confuse this ride with Little
Canyon Rim, which is nearby. Little Canyon Rim actually starts
northbound on the Metal Masher road!
Looking south as Bruce and Gene hit
Little Canyon. Photos and ride description from April 13, 2011.
|Many riders will be doing this ride as part of the
Magnificent 7, a 26-mile epic. It's the third segment. When you exit Arth's
Corner onto Metal Masher, just continue straight onto the singletrack
when you reach the Gemini Bridges Road.
From Little Canyon, you'll continue on the Gold
A slickrock area. The route is
well-marked with yellow paint marks, cairns, and logs.
||For those who don't want to do the complete epic, the end of
Little Canyon is a nice spot to stop and get shuttled back to the top.
Just follow the loop instructions below, but meet your shuttle on Gold Bar
1/2 mile from Gemini Bridges Road. This makes a 10.8 mile cruiser that's
mostly downhill. Or, you can cruise back to Moab via the Gemini Bridges
road and the Old 191 paved bike path.
Derek heads southeast toward the La
|You can also combine Arth's Corner and Little Canyon into a
figure-8 ride of 7.3 miles with about 500 vertical feet of climbing. To do
this ride, park at Gemini Bridges or near the bottom of the ST on Gold
Bar. A nice variation on this figure-8 is Two
Tortoise Rock as an alternative to the lower part of Gemini.
To do the smaller loop with Little Canyon only, find a spot to park on
the side of Metal Masher near its intersection with Gemini Bridges Road.
The trail is mostly downhill, but
there's enough climbing to keep you honest. Derek gets up to the top of a
||The loop ride has an ugly 0.4 miles: The bottom of the 4x4
Gold Bar Rim has a lot of sand. I was able to ride it without stopping,
but it's a bog. Then you'll hit the steepest 0.1 mile of the Gemini
Bridges Road -- a hike if the 4x4s have been tearing it up. Once you get
to the top of that steep spot, it's steady cranking back up the road.
Gene nears the end of Little Canyon,
just before the Gold Bar Singletrack. The bailout DT used for the loop
ride can be seen behind him.
|Loop ride with road return:
From parking on side of Metal
go south to Gemini Bridges Road
0.0 Cross Gemini Rd, south on ST
N38 35.773 W109 41.621
0.8 Cross DT N38 35.731 W109 41.006
2.0 Mag 7: keep R and begin
N38 35.724 W109 40.204
2.3 Cross Gold Bar Rim Rd N38 35.881 W109 40.143
Begin Gold Bar ST
2.0 Loop: follow old DT along wash
N38 35.724 W109 40.204
2.2 L on Gold Bar Rim road N38 35.830 W109 40.264
Fight through sand and dust
2.5 L on Gemini Bridges Road N38 35.999 W109 40.414
3.9 Back at Metal Masher fork
||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.) To start at Gemini Bridges
(combining Arth's Corner), drive down the gravel road 6 miles then turn
right to the Gemini Bridges parking area. To start at the Little Canyon
ST, continue 1.4 miles past Gemini and turn L on the Metal Masher road and
park on the shoulder.
Alternate from 191: Two miles south of the 191-313 junction, cross the
railroad tracks to a dirt road. Climb a scary steep path over the skirts
of the hill and follow the road 6 miles to Metal Masher.