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Moab EJS 2015– Cliffhanger Trail 1

Cliffhanger Trail Map

Cliffhanger Trail Map

One of the reasons I go off-roading is for the fantastic scenery that can’t be seen from the pavement.  Here are a few examples of the spectacular views on the Cliffhanger Trail.

Iconic scenery both near and far

Iconic scenery both near and far

The lunch spot is on an overlook mesa over 1,000 feet above the Colorado River.  The views are very impressive.

Lunch 1,000 feet above the Colorado River

Lunch 1,000 feet above the Colorado River

Soft places on the mesa surface wear faster than other spots, leaving interesting contours that hold water long enough to discolor the rock.

Soft spots erode the mesa surface

Soft spots erode the mesa surface

The wind was blowing strongly the entire time we were in Moab, and the dust picked up by the wind affected visibility.  This is quite evident in this shot, which looks out over several miles of terrain.

Strong winds blow dust which obscures the view of distance objects

Strong winds blow dust which obscures the view of distance objects

From a distance the cliff faces appear relatively smooth, but up close you see the very jagged surfaces formed by many falling boulders and smaller rocks.

Apparently smooth cliff face is actually very ragged

Apparently smooth cliff face is actually very ragged

This is the view from the trail as you crawl along the cliff face.

Crawling along the cliff face

Crawling along the cliff face

Barbary Baer’s first time to Moab and EJS

Barbary Baer’s first time to Moab and EJS

References:

Cliffhanger Trail — Red Rock 4-Wheelers

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