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    It's going to be recommended downhill only. Unsure about the schedule for the upper portion which is mostly paint on rock, but the lower portion is easy to find if you head out the Minesweeper jeep road at the Step Up jump. You will see the tire tracks. It comes out at the very first switchback of the traditional Amasa climb, a few hundred yards up from the wash.

    It's still not officially open and I don't have any say-so, so please respect the diggers and go ask at Poison Spider if it's ready to go. Thumbs up!

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    Re: New Amassa Back Trail??

    Quote Originally Posted by JMH View Post
    It's going to be recommended downhill only. Unsure about the schedule for the upper portion which is mostly paint on rock, but the lower portion is easy to find if you head out the Minesweeper jeep road at the Step Up jump. You will see the tire tracks. It comes out at the very first switchback of the traditional Amasa climb, a few hundred yards up from the wash.

    It's still not officially open and I don't have any say-so, so please respect the diggers and go ask at Poison Spider if it's ready to go. Thumbs up!
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    Lower Ahab is signed, painted and officially open.

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    New Amassa Back Trail??

    Awesome. Very excited to check this out.
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    It is sick. Rode it today. A+
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    It is sick. Rode it today. A+

    I second this post. Just rode it Friday and Saturday and it really brings a new flavor to Amasa Back. Trail conditions were perfect this last weekend - can't get much better than 60 degrees and dry packed trails.

    Hats off to the builders - thank you so much.

    More techie than at first and then moves into fast and flowey.

    All around a good time.

    The enterance is marked but it is a little ways off Amasa Back proper - they will be fixing this with a sign soon from what I was told.

    Have fun.

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    I rode the 2 or so miles that's signed and open. Well done trail builders! Fun and flowy. I can't wait to see the upper section. I hope this new trail trend continues!

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    I did some sleuthing and found a .gpx track for this trail (attached).
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    went up yesterday and rode the lower section from "mid-point". freakin' brilliant! signage is up and easy to follow. basically, the trail heads down the shelf/ledge system that is right underneath the amasa back road. i'm hoping it will be rideable at least part way into summer since a lot of the trail was shaded in the afternoon.

    i shot some gopro footage, can't post it directly since this is my first post, but here's the youtube link...

    /watch?v=u2Ac3lAbj_A

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    Thanks for the video and the gpx files. Those added a lot of context for the new trail. We are headed down there in a month and I am excited to give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 84532 View Post
    i shot some gopro footage, can't post it directly since this is my first post, but here's the youtube link...

    /watch?v=u2Ac3lAbj_A
    Thanks for the video. Can't wait to ride the Cap'n.
    I'll try and embed it for you.

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    thanks KRob.

    the video doesn't really do the trail justice. i should've gotten some third person shots of the terrain but i was having too much fun to get off the bike and dick around with the gopro.

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    Can anyone give a rundown on the history of this trail?
    Curious about how it came to be 'official'....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Can anyone give a rundown on the history of this trail?
    Curious about how it came to be 'official'....
    If you are insinuating that an illegal trail is now a legal trail, that is not the case. You may be thinking of a near by trail that IS still illegal. CA was built with blood sweat and tears . Seriously though, this trail is mega fun. It's somewhat akin to some of the newish type trails at the Lunch Loops up in Junction. Tough enough but still fast and uber flowy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    If you are insinuating that an illegal trail is now a legal trail, that is not the case. You may be thinking of a near by trail that IS still illegal. CA was built with blood sweat and tears . Seriously though, this trail is mega fun. It's somewhat akin to some of the newish type trails at the Lunch Loops up in Junction. Tough enough but still fast and uber flowy.
    No, I wasn't really hinting at that. Just curious who flagged it, and how it was presented as a legitimate project.
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    Any idea on the length of the entire trail when it's completed?

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    Mega Props to the design and build team of Captain Ahab. I'm not sure I'll ever do the two track down or Jackson's again. This is the kind of trail we need much more of everywhere. It is just an excellent addition to Amasa! Thank you!
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    New Amassa Back Trail??

    This is an amazing trail! Rode it yesterday, upper still not finished but lower is awesome!! Tons of flow, and probably my new favorite trail in the area.

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    Are there signs at the bottom recommending "Downhill only, Do Not Enter" or is it just left to the discretion of all the riders who see new trail and want to go up it? Like I would
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    Are there signs at the bottom recommending "Downhill only, Do Not Enter" or is it just left to the discretion of all the riders who see new trail and want to go up it? Like I would
    There is a sign. It really wouldn't be much fun to ride up. Maybe not as 'not fun' as riding up Rockstacker or Jacksons - but almost that 'not fun'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    There is a sign. It really wouldn't be much fun to ride up. Maybe not as 'not fun' as riding up Rockstacker or Jacksons - but almost that 'not fun'...
    So how are people hitting the trail now? I though the upper part wasn't complete. Is there another entrance further up that is open to allow for riding now, or are people currently doing it as an out-and-back regardless. I'm going in 4 weeks, and I look forward to riding this trail...

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertdc View Post
    So how are people hitting the trail now? I though the upper part wasn't complete. Is there another entrance further up that is open to allow for riding now, or are people currently doing it as an out-and-back regardless. I'm going in 4 weeks, and I look forward to riding this trail...
    There is a signed spin of from Amasa right before the Super 8. It's a maybe 1/2 a mile out the jeep road before you'll hit low Ahab.

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    Re: New Amassa Back Trail??

    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    There is a signed spin of from Amasa right before the Super 8. It's a maybe 1/2 a mile out the jeep road before you'll hit low Ahab.
    "Before" super 8 - is that above or below? In other words, while climbing or descending Amasa? I was thinking of climbing Amasa and going to pothole arch, then hitting the new trail on the way down. I've never ridden it with people who knew it well, so I'm now sure what Super 8 is, but I do know the entrance to Rockstacker. Does this start in that area as well? Which side of the Amassa trail is it on while descending back down?
    Thanks again - don't want to miss it! :thumbup:

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    It's the big drop that doubles back on it self - before cliffhanger. Well before Rockstacker or even Jackson. Maybe 2 miles in? It's well marked and it peels of to the left.

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    Re: New Amassa Back Trail??

    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    It's the big drop that doubles back on it self - before cliffhanger. Well before Rockstacker or even Jackson. Maybe 2 miles in? It's well marked and it peels of to the left.
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