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Gold Bar Rim
Grand County, Utah
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Trail Type: Out and Back
Nearby Towns: Moab
Nearby Trails: Gemini Bridges, Bull Canyon, Golden Spike, Metal Masher, Rusty Nail
Season: Year Round
Trail Length: 3.8 miles
Named Obstacles: Improbable Hill, Undercut Ledge, Slide Rock

Recommended by Alanna
Recommended by Patrick S.
Recommended by Robert

This is a shorter trail in two separate parts, easy at first and then difficult. If you run it as the end of the trio of trails starting with Poison Spider Mesa and Golden Spike, the trail will be run backwards and go from difficult to easy.

If you are looking for a moderate but fun Moab trail you can run the first section of this trail until Slide Rock, a large slab of slickrock usually covered with sand. If you came from the Gold Bar Rim trailhead the slope will be a downhill one and difficult to miss. You can make this first half of the trail as easy or difficult as you wish.

There is also a challenging optional hill in the first half, as well, called Improbable Hill. Coming from the easy end you'll see a slickrock hill that is basically flat on the left side and very steep on the right side. There are tire marks the entire length of this slickrock and you can attempt the hill in many different sections to find your own challenges. Improbable Hill is on the far right side and covered with black marks. It may or may not be possible depending on your vehicle and how you drive it.

The Undercut Ledge is also optional and probably impossible unless you have big tires and lots of clearance. It is a long ledge with many different lines up and down it. It is much like Double Whammy on Golden Spike though it is only one ledge.

If you are running the whole thing, Slide Rock is a fun obstacle marking the beginning of the second half. The second half of the trail has some slickrock areas and sandy portions, and some challenging rocky areas to work your way through. You also travel along a ridge that can be a little scary.

The overlook at the far end is only a few yards past the turn-off for Golden Spike. It also includes a pair of difficult shelf obstacles very near the edge. You can see Moab and beyond from way up at the top, and this would make a great spot for lunch.

Information last updated on May 21st, 2009.

Member Reports

Driving Directions

From Moab, take Highway 191 north to the parking lot on the left made of red dirt. Follow this red dirt road up and over the bluff past Gooney Bird Rock high above the flat dirt road (the road edges up against the base of the rock). When you come to the first major intersection turn left and follow signs to Gold Bar Canyon.

Meeting Places

Meet at McDonald's on Kane Creek Road and Main Street in Moab.

Low-End Rating: 5
High-End Rating: 6
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Trail Photographs

This ledge is too big to tackle Big sky and big scenery Trying a big ledge without a lift
The big Jeep shows us how it Beth coming back from the edge of big slickrock Chrysler Ad

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Maps and Coordinates
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Trail in Red
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Gemini Bridges in Red, Bull Canyon in Purple, Little Canyon in Yellow, Gold Bar Rim in Grey, Rusty Nail in Brown, Four Arches Canyon in Orange, Metal Masher in Blue and Arths Pasture in Teal
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Gold Bar Rim (GPS Exchange File)
Slide Rock (Google Earth Placemark)
Steep Section (Google Earth Placemark)
Intersection With Golden Spike (Google Earth Placemark)
Gold Bar Rim Track (Google Earth Track)
Undercut Ledge (Google Earth Placemark)
Mushroom Rock (Google Earth Placemark)
Gold Bar Rim Trailhead (Google Earth Placemark)
Ledges (Google Earth Placemark)
Improbable Hill (Google Earth Placemark)

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