We feel Gold Bar is a fun and aerobically challenging ride. We include it if we are spending two days at Magnificent 7. If it’s a one day ride, you want to be a strong, advanced rider… it will up the burn level on the way back up to the top of Mag 7. No problem to do all these rides in two days if you are an intermediate rider. All of these rides require some decent skill sets which we coach as part of our guiding.
Length: 1.2 miles of singletrack and 2.3 miles of 4×4 road to the rim. (typically ridden as an up and back on the singletrack since continuing on Mag 7 involves negotiating difficult 4×4 roads. Difficulty: Intermediate plus riders; aerobically demanding. Moderately technical. From the end of Little Canyon ST to the overlook of Bride Canyon is a 400 ft climb. Average grade is about 8%. The ride on roads to the rim has an average grade of 12% with a climb of 957 feet. Type of Ride: This is the 4th trail in the Mag 7 system. Start the trail at the Gold Bar Rim 4×4 road (end of Little Canyon ST). Surface is all slickrock along shallow drainages. Numerous interesting turns, drops, and climbs over and along ledges and thru boulders. Last section on massive sandstone features an arch just before reaching the rim of Bride Canyon. Take a break and see if you can identify the Bride & Groom. The road to the rim is physically demanding; mostly on slickrock with the typical rubble found on 4×4 roads.