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Old 02-28-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Best Moab Trails

Hi Everyone,

Taking a trip to Moab in a couple weeks and I have never been there, so I was wondering what trails you guys would recommend.
Vehicles going:
1. My 1998 Jeep Wranger TJ 2" lift, 30" tires, JKS sway bar disconnects, winch
2. 1998 Jeep Cherokee 2" lift, 30" tires, and he is plannig on disconnecting his sway bars
3. 2002 Toyota 4-Runner 2.5" lift, 32" tires, sway bar disconnects

I have been wheeling for quite some time now and I am very confident in my ability to 4 wheel and pick the best route up an obstacle and I will be leading (I have done a traildamage.com rating of low 5 - high 7 if that helps any one). The 4-runner is not bad... he has been able to follow me through the other trails we have done together (takes him a little longer, but that's expected out of a Toy). The Cherokee is a bit of a rookie but lets assume he can at least keep up with the Toyota (or if there are alt routs around the hard stuff he can take them). We will be out there for about 4 days with at least 2 full days of wheeling. Also, we will have a few passengers that might not enjoy wheeling as much as I do, so I suppose it couldn't hurt to mention some scenic routs ).

Thanks.

One more thing... Haven't made a final decision on where to camp either. We are fine with staying at a place where we have to pay... Any suggestions would be great.

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Old 02-28-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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Extremely scenic and easy: Chicken Corners
Buy a copy of this book:Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails 2nd edition: Charles A. Wells: 9781934838006: Amazon.com: Books
If you are going during Easter Jeep Safari, it will be a zoo.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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I went last year and had a blast. I reccomend Hells Revenge (Everyone must run this trail it's pretty much what Moabs all about). Top of the World is the most scenic IMO, 7 Mile Rim is fun with a lot of varying obstacles, if you fear being extreme off camber then I don't recommend this one. Fins N things has a lot of "fins" and steep slickrock to ascend/desend.

I hardly used my lockers on these trails because there is so much traction out there. Only a few spots (which most can be bypassed) required lockers.

Have fun out there, I couldn't make it out this year but will be there from 2014 and every year after that. It's seriously the best wheeling I've ever done.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:55 PM   #4
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Let us know what trails you intend on wheeling, we will be out there during the safari. We will be running fins and things on Monday, Moab rim on tues, kane creek wed, and hells revenge on Thursday.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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I will actually be out there a week before the Safari. Spring break trip!

Anyone done Gold Bar Rim?
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:39 PM   #6
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Hell's Revenge sounds fun! Moabrubi, do you think it would be a bad idea to bring my friend in the Cherokee up HR? I'm all for it doing it in my Wrangler but some of the reviews I have read make it sound like a trail that rookie drivers shouldn't go on even if his car can handle it...
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:33 AM   #7
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The book frieed posted the link to is priceless, I highly recommend you get it. In addition to the trails mentioned above, kane creek canyon is also a fun one.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:56 AM   #8
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Hell's Revenge sounds fun! Moabrubi, do you think it would be a bad idea to bring my friend in the Cherokee up HR? I'm all for it doing it in my Wrangler but some of the reviews I have read make it sound like a trail that rookie drivers shouldn't go on even if his car can handle it...
If you avoid hells gate, escalator, and tip over challenge hells revenge is pretty easy. The climbs look intimitadingly steep but any vehicle will go right up.

As long as the driver knows right from left and just follows the black marks from all the tires they will be fine. Hells revenge is definetly the premiere slickrock trail.
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The book frieed posted the link to is priceless, I highly recommend you get it. In addition to the trails mentioned above, kane creek canyon is also a fun one.
I'm not saying that buying a trail book is bad, but all of the info you could ever need is free online. You can search for any trail you want, find tons of pics, tons of descriptions of things online. Youtube a trail and you can watch tons of other peoples trips. Two most helpful sites are:

everytrail.com (also links to your phone) GO TO THIS WEBSITE!!!

traildamage.com

Any forum you go to will have trip reports, pics, and discussions.

I'm not saying don't buy the book, just saying that you might as well research as much as you can online first. I will admit that having a trail book when you have no cell reception and need help is worth it though.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:49 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the input guys! I think I'm leaning towards 7 mile or fins n things first, then Hell's Revenge, and doing a lap around Top of the World.

Any one have recommendations on some good camping spots?
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I've stayed at few of the campgrounds in moab and they were all pretty nice, I think the KOA was cheapest. If you really want to rough it there is several areas to camp along the river.
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By this time the 4 pay campsites are all booked, ( NP & private campgrounds ). Call the Moab info center and they will hook you up with the local BLM, office to find out the rules and regulations about " free " camping on BLM lands.. There are several places to get a shower when needed, Moab info center has a listing of them as well ... Have fun !!
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I think he was going to be there before EJS. Either way the koa has made room for us during the safari.
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Cool, I've always erred on the safe side and have made camp and hotel reservations no less that 6 to 9 months out ...
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We are currently on the highway heading to Moab ourself. Never been either so really looking forward to it.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:51 PM   #16
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The trip was a blast! Ended up doing Top of the World first, then Hell's Revenge and finally Fins N' Things. Top of the World was pretty cool, it was quite a bit more difficult than I thought it was going to be based on what I read (which is a good thing, made it more entertaining!). It was drfinitly worth the view at the top. I would probably lean towards a difficult rating in C. Wells book (1st edition) while it is currently rated a moderate. Also, it took about 6+ hours to do, that was somewhat to do with our rookie driver and all the pictures we took but that Wells book said it would take 3-4 hours and that seems very unrealistic. As for Hell's Revenge, I think it may have ruined all other trails for me... It was absolutely amazing! All the slickrock a guy could ask for! It definitely made Fins N' Things seem a little boring the next day haha but Fins has some fun obsticals and I got to show off for some of the campers along the trail.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys!

Top of the World: A
Hell's Revenge: A+
Fins N' Things: B- (for those of you doing these trails for the first time, do this trail before Hell's Revenge and it will be more entertaining)
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Poison Spyder and Behind the rocks were my favorite trails when I went a couple years ago.

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