4/1 - 3D "Pickle" Rated 4/10

The 3-D Trail tours the vicinity of colorful Hidden Canyon and Bink Spring, northwest of Moab. It visits the canyon bottom and canyon rim, and finally, a high overlook of the area (hence the name 3-D). A few of the hills have been known to challenge stock vehicles, but most of the tour is pleasant, scenic, family 4-wheeling.

Approximate mileages: 59 total, 28 off highway.

Scenery:

This canyon country is unlike the Moab valley with its sheer Windgate Sandstone rimmed cliff s; instead 3-D visits canyons that are a few hundred feet deep in the smooth, red and white layers of the Entrada Sandstone. The slickrock areas are made up of the white layer that caps the Entrada. Vistas are to the north toward the Book Cliff s. Road Surface: There are some two track dirt sections, a little slickrock, a sandy and maybe wet wash bottom, and some rock/dirt mixtures with a few ledges.

Highlights:

Not far from the beginning is “Airport View Hill” where a few stock vehicles with highway tire pressure may have to try more than once. Hidden Canyon bottom is very sandy but is usually not difficult. The climb out of the upper canyon first encounters “The Wall”, which looks like a rock wall to the uninitiated, but is usually climbed easily by stock vehicles. Just past this is “Mean Hill”, which climbs about 200 feet in two steep sections. The first section begins with a shelf followed by a loose red dirt hill. The final climb looks worse than it is because it is on a “hogback” with a drop off on both sides.

Minimum Requirements:

Lockers: one

Tire size: 33

Winch required: recommended

Tow points front and rear yes

Working low range in T-case yes

Muffler: mandatory on all trails

Three-point (at least) seat belts: mandatory on all trails

4/3 - Cliffhanger Rated 8/10

This trail is the only vehicle route onto the Amasa Back, a high isolated area surrounded by Kane Springs Canyon, Hurrah Pass, and a big loop of the Colorado River. If Kane Creek is full, the crossing can become impassable. The views are spectacular all the way up the side of Kane Springs Canyon. Farther along the trail is high above the canyon of the Colorado River. At various places along the trail there are petroglyphs and other evidence of early visitation.

Approximate mileages: 20 total, 12 off pavement.

Scenery:

This trail goes to an overlook of the Colorado River that is spectacular. Since it retraces the route on the way back, much of the scenery is on the way back, because the struggle to climb up from Kane Creek demands so much attention early in the day. The cliff edge look into Jackson Hole is inspiring, and the afternoon view of the La Sal Mountains and the Behind the Rocks area is one of our best. Road Surface: Most of the road surface is rock. It crosses various sandstone layers that create difficult stair step ledges. There is some sand, some dirt amid rock layers, and even some fairly level slickrock.

Highlights:

The trail grabs your attention immediately as it descends a cascade of rock ledges from the Kane Creek Road to the creek bottom. The creek crossing can range from dry sand through quicksand to deep water depending upon recent weather. A difficult ledge waits immediately after the creek crossing. From here on up the trail seems to consist of an endless series of steep, irregular ledges that require good ground clearance and maneuverability. The actual Cliff hanger obstacle is a big ledge on a narrow shelf trail overlooking Jackson Hole. The correct line at this obstacle seems to change constantly, and also varies for different wheelbases.

Minimum Requirements

Lockers: one

Tire size: 33

Winch required: recommended

Tow points front and rear yes

Working low range in T-case yes

Muffler: mandatory on all trails

Three-point (at least) seat belts. mandatory on all trails

4/4 - Moab Rim Trail Rated 7/10

The Moab Rim is the cliff rim seen just to the southwest of town. Its only 4WD access begins just downriver from town and the first mile has about the highest density of obstacles of any of our trails. Many vehicles have “bit the rocks” on the succession of rock ledges and tight turns that lead to the rim. Once on top the trail is sand and rock. After closing a short loop the trail returns on the same rocky mile it started with.

Approximate mileages: 14 total, 9 off highway.

Scenery:

The first mile of the trail follows the tilted rock layers and has increasingly higher overlooks of the Colorado River gorge in one of its most beautiful areas. The rim view includes the La Sal Mountains, Moab and Spanish Valleys, some of Arches National Park, and distant features such as the Book Cliff s. Road Surface: The first part of the trail is mostly on bedrock that nature has broken into ledges and steps. The higher country has slickrock, blow sand, and some sandy dirt with broken rock mixed in.

Highlights:

Among the many steps in the first mile are the “Devil’s Crack” and the “Z Turn” The first requires a tricky turn onto a ledge to avoid dropping a wheel into the crack beyond. The latter has two turns over irregular rocks and ledges, many of which are off camber. On top, a slickrock dome has an optional climb with about an 85 percent grade.

Minimum Requirements

Lockers: one

Tire size: 33

Winch required:  recommended

Tow points front and rear yes

Working low range in T-case yes

Muffler mandatory on all trails

Three-point (at least) seat belts. mandatory on all trails

4/6 - Kane Creek Rated 7/10

This trail follows Kane Creek along the bottom of its canyon between its mouth at the Colorado River and its crossing of US 191. It runs in and out of the creek- more than 50 crossings-but in one area climbs high on the canyon wall. When the creek is wet, as it is likely to be in springtime, there is mud and quicksand. After a storm the creek crossings may be impassible. Wet or dry, plenty of brush grows in from the sides of the road allowing for potential paint damage.

Approximate mileages: total 38, off highway 20.

Scenery:

The lower portion of the canyon is narrow, torturous, and one of our most beautiful. Farther upstream, it becomes wider, straighter, and deeper (1000 feet), but it changes in character again above the junction with Hatch Wash. There, the water is clear, the bottom is gravelly rather than sandy, and the canyon is more intimate. Road Surface: The lower canyon road has a 2WD gravel surface as far as the first creek ford. The next few miles upstream are on a silt bench with many “gotcha” gullies and several narrow spots requiring proper wheel placement. When it reaches the section that crisscrosses the creek, the bottom is sandy (sometimes with quicksand) and brush is thick growing into the trail. The upper part of the trail has a rocky creek bottom and some rocky steps on the narrow shelf road above the creek.

Highlights:

The scenery along the entire trip is spectacular. The major obstacle is the eroded, rocky portion along a narrow shelf section above the creek. Just past this is a tough rock ledge at Muleshoe Canyon that is a difficult climb on wet tires. Annual erosion has us constantly reevaluating the trail rating prior to each event.

Minimum Requirements

Lockers:  recommended

Tire size: 33

Winch required:  recommended

Tow points front and rear yes

Working low range in T-case yes

Muffler mandatory on all trails

Three-point (at least) seat belts. mandatory on all trails

4/8 - Behind The Rocks Rated 7/10

The land named “Behind the Rocks” is an elevated area south of Moab bounded roughly by the Moab Rim cliff s and the rim of Kane Springs Canyon, which is still farther south and west. This trail follows the most difficult routes in this region, though it gets its reputation and rating from “White Knuckle Hill”. Going down the hill is scary enough, but be prepared for a long wait and a good show while some see if they can climb it. It may be the most difficult hill hereabouts that is ascended with any frequency, although the frequency is diminishing as it erodes.

Approximate mileages: 55 total, 35 off highway.

Scenery:

The rock layers behind the Moab Rim slope downward, and a virtually impenetrable area of Navajo Sandstone domes and fins is in view most of the time. Canyons, including lovely Hunter Canyon, are cut into older layers. Balcony Arch, Picture Frame Arch, and a distant view of Pritchett Arch may be seen. Road Surface: Most of the road is sandy dirt with occasional rock outcrops. To get in and out of the many small canyons involves taking a bumpy trip over sandstone ledges.

Highlights:

There is a warm up hill soon after departing the highway and numerous minor canyon crossings before reaching High-Dive Canyon, so named because it is a short walk to a “highdive” pour off into a beautiful pool. The climb out is via “Upchuck Hill”. A few miles farther is “White Knuckle Hill”. All along the trail the views of nearby rock formations and the towering La Sal Mountains are exceptional.

Minimum Requirements

Lockers:  recommended

Tire size: 33

Winch required:  recommended

Tow points front and rear yes

Working low range in T-case yes

Muffler mandatory on all trails

Three-point (at least) seat belts. mandatory on all trails

All trail days will be meeting at 1090 South Main Street (Moab Reservation Center) at 8AM EXCEPT 4/8 Behind The Rocks (2PM). Departing time will be approx. 45 minutes after meeting time. Please arrive early to pick up your registration packets and air down. Waivers will be mandatory for all participants - so everybody arriving and participating must come sign in. 
Participant stickers will also be mandatory to join our trail groups every day. Stickers must be placed in bottom left corner of windshield. 

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