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Old 05-15-2017, 02:44 PM   #15
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Wow. That looks like fun. We have a '14 4dr Sahara (not a Rubicon). To date we've only done forest fire break trails. Not rock crawling...and have no intention of doing so. Moab looks like Jeep paradise. Would any of the trails that you've been on be suited for beginners?
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Very nice photos. Thanks for sharing. I love Utah.
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Wow. That looks like fun. We have a '14 4dr Sahara (not a Rubicon). To date we've only done forest fire break trails. Not rock crawling...and have no intention of doing so. Moab looks like Jeep paradise. Would any of the trails that you've been on be suited for beginners?


Absolutely, although I would recommend traveling with another vehicle in case of any problems. Some of these areas are very remote. You can go to traildamage.com to see all of the trails we've run, along with trail descriptions, gps tracks, trip reports, and trail difficulty ratings from 1 to 10. With 1 being any sedan could travel, 3 being the level a stock SUV could travel, and 4 being a trail that a stock Jeep Wrangler with no lift and no larger tires could handle. The trail descriptions are a guideline of course. Driver confidence and ability could affect the rating, as well as trail conditions could change since the trail was last rated.

Feel free to pm me if you want any recommendations!
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Today was the last day of our trip, and we opted for milder, more scenic trails west of Green River.
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Looks like you had a good trip. I love it out there.

Also glad to hear your friends were ok apparently not without at least a bit of trouble though. We have never had a close call in the slots but have bailed more than once due to potential weather after we got started. In the mid 90's we did lower antelope canyon the next day 11 people were killed in a flash flood there. In the early 2000's we were doing Peekaboo, Spooky and Brimstone in the Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch. Came out got back to the car SAR was there looking over the only other vehicle there asked us a bunch of questions about a guy who was missing. A day after we were in a hotel watching the news and they found the guy. He was in one of the canyons we had been in farther up. We walked up from the mouth and he had walked down from the head. Got in a spot that pinched off and couldn't get back out apparently he had been in there for a week with one peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a quart of water. Having been back since then we were probably no more than 200 yards from him when we had been there previously.
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Nice photos and "wish we were there"! Jeeping is so much fun.
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Looks like you had a good trip. I love it out there.



Also glad to hear your friends were ok apparently not without at least a bit of trouble though. We have never had a close call in the slots but have bailed more than once due to potential weather after we got started. In the mid 90's we did lower antelope canyon the next day 11 people were killed in a flash flood there. In the early 2000's we were doing Peekaboo, Spooky and Brimstone in the Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch. Came out got back to the car SAR was there looking over the only other vehicle there asked us a bunch of questions about a guy who was missing. A day after we were in a hotel watching the news and they found the guy. He was in one of the canyons we had been in farther up. We walked up from the mouth and he had walked down from the head. Got in a spot that pinched off and couldn't get back out apparently he had been in there for a week with one peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a quart of water. Having been back since then we were probably no more than 200 yards from him when we had been there previously.


Wow, sounds like you had some close calls. I have a healthy respect for the desert, and especially the slot canyons. I also know my limitations, and I'm not in my prime anymore. I wouldn't try that Muddy River hike under ideal conditions.
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Going won't be bad, it's coming home that will be tough. I always dislike going east past Glenwood Springs on I-70.

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As you predicted, going home wasn't as nice. Not only was it sad to realize that the trip was over, the climbs up Vail Pass and to the Johnson Tunnel were harder to maintain speed above 40 mph. I got stuck behind a truck doing 35 and had to grind it out at that speed for a long ways as I did not want to get into the left lane and try to accelerate past him. The View handled well with the Jeep in tow, porpoising sometimes when there was a significant bump. The Blue Ox braking system worked very well and was easy to install and remove. I'm glad to have a system that will work on either the Jeep or the Miata.

The good news is that I got better fuel mileage heading home and averaged 14 mpg for the whole trip towing the Jeep. I'll take that!
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Great shots from my 'hood. Enjoyed them. One of my favorite trails out that way is Top of the World, just east of Moab. We last ran that in 2015: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boa...ld+Moab#p74462
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Great shots from my 'hood. Enjoyed them. One of my favorite trails out that way is Top of the World, just east of Moab. We last ran that in 2015: Liftlines Skiing and Snowboarding Forums • View topic - Utah 7/27-29/15 - A little mountains, a little desert
Thanks for the link. We also ran Top of the World in 2015 (October); great trail and the scenery at the end is worth the trip up. One of my favorite photos of my Jeep is with it parked on that overhanging ledge. FYI, TrailDamage.com rates the trail as a 5 out of 10, and it has gotten more difficult over the years. It had been 9 years since I last ran it and the difference was remarkable.

As a side note, I was at the Dewey Bridge the day after it was lost due to a kid playing with matches. There was still burnt wood floating down the Colorado River to Moab. Such a waste.
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As a side note, I was at the Dewey Bridge the day after it was lost due to a kid playing with matches. There was still burnt wood floating down the Colorado River to Moab. Such a waste.
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That was one cool bridge. We were in Moab the same time that the bridge burnt. Saw it a couple days later on the way home to Denver. It was a sad day even though they had already replaced it years before. Have driven across that bridge many times before the new improved one went up. In fact I have a picture somewhere of my car (a 72 Pinto no less) sitting on it when it broke down right smack in the middle of it. Dang thing just died which it had a tendency to do. Fortunately back then traffic was very light on that road. Got it going within 20 minutes and on our way into Moab to start the weekend fun.
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