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Moab EJS 2015 – Cliffhanger Trail 2

Here are some shots of the actual rock crawling on the Cliffhanger Trail, which rates a 7 on a difficulty scale of 10.

The first obstacle at the start of the trail, followed immediately by the second obstacle which comes after a creek crossing.

The trail begins with two obstacles that will definitely challenge the driver

Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

Most of the trail is relatively easy.  However one portion of the trail runs along a cliff face with a 1,000-foot plus drop on one side.  Only one spot presents a challenge, a step of about 6-8 feet with only one modest rock on the drop-side of the trail.  More on this step soon.  At the end of the trail is a beautiful view along the Colorado River gorge, where we stopped for lunch.

Some Jeeps on the approach to the lunch spot.

Some Jeeps on the approach to the lunch spot.

The return trip retraced our path along the cliff-hugging trail.  The step mentioned earlier is visible by the gray-black areas where lots of spinning tires. This big step on the cliff face is now a 6-8 foot uphill on the return trip.  By the way, that’s a stock Jeep the leader is driving!  I’m impressed with his skill, but I still prefer my modified rig, if only for safety reasons.

The Step on Cliffhanger Trail, on the return leg

The Step on Cliffhanger Trail, on the return leg

The trick to negotiating this obstacle is to stay as close to the cliff wall and away from the drop as you can.

Crawling up the 6-foot step.

Crawling up the 6-foot step.

At the end of the trail you negotiate the first two obstacles in reverse.  These last few obstacles certainly exercise the suspension!  Sandstone dust covering the rocks makes traction an occasional thing.

Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

References:

Cliffhanger Trail — Red Rock 4-Wheelers

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