Best climb/loop route for Gold bar/Blue dot -> Portal-
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  1. #1
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    Feb 2007

    Best climb/loop route for Gold bar/Blue dot -> Portal

    What's the easiest way to get up to the rim if you're riding it as a loop? What's the total distance and elevation of the route like?

    Or is the best way to hike-a-bike up Portal and then take the jeep roads that parallel Gold Bar as an out-and-back? I've done this before. It wasn't bad other than a mile or so of Portal.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2004
    I did this loop a couple of weeks ago: parked at the bottom of Portal>North on Highway 279 to Highway 191>paved bike path parallel to 191 north to a tunnel which crosses under the 191 to get you on the West side of the highway to the Gemini Bridges trailhead>Gemini Bridges Rd>Gold Bar Rim 4 x 4 Rd>Gold Bar singletrack>Gold Bar Rim 4 x 4>Gold Bar Rim (formerly Blue Dot)>Portal.

    28 mi., 2,800 feet of climbing. Most people just shuttle the Mag 7 ride. I was driving in solo from Green River, so a shuttle wasn't an option for me. I could see doing an out-and-back up and down Portal. If you include Blue Dot, I would out-and-back that as well. The Golden Spike jeep road is the total suck (straight up fall line; straight down fall line; repeat).

  3. #3
    Thin Man on a Fat bike
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    The prettier loop is to ride out Potash rd. farther and ride up Long Canyon, over to hwy 313 and North to the top of Mag 7 trails. A good healthy days ride!

  4. #4
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    28m/2800ft doesn't seem too bad. Thanks for the suggestion on skipping Golden Spike.

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