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Moab EJS 2015– Moab Rim Trail

The Moab Rim Trail is another rated a 7 on a difficulty scale of 10.  The worst obstacles are right at the very beginning, called The Crack and The Z-Turn respectively.  In fact these two obstacles are the scene of the most accidents on any of the 50+ trails that EJS runs.

Moab Rim Trail

Moab Rim Trail

The city of Moab UT was once a mining center best known for supplying uranium ore for the nuclear industry.  It is located in a depression formed when underlying salt dissolved away, leading to a collapse which formed the valley.  The Colorado River actually flows perpendicular to the valley, in what geologists term a paradox.

Southern portion of the city of Moab UT, seen from the Moab Rim Trail

Southern portion of the city of Moab UT, seen from the Moab Rim Trail

Several trail options are available on the top of the mesa.  These two approach the rim and look south toward the La Sal Mountains.

Lunch Spot View with La Sal Mountains in the background

Lunch Spot View with La Sal Mountains in the background

The dramatic geologic features are accented by the occasional trees and somewhat more plentiful shrubs.

Scenes along the trail

Scenes along the trail

Scenes along the trail

Scenes along the trail

Next are a few photos of various jeeps and obstacles along this trail.  This first one is a relatively easy drive up a 25-degree slope of sandstone, but once at the top you have to make a quick left turn.  This is made more challenging but the fact that all you can see at the top is the hood of your vehicle and lots of blue sky.

Climbing a 25-deg hill to get to the lunch spot

Climbing a 25-deg hill to get to the lunch spot

Steve negotiates the Crack, first obstacle of the trail, a few hundred feet above the Colorado River, and my Jeep

Steve Graff

Moab Rim

References:

Moab Rim Trail — Red Rock 4-Wheelers

Paradox Valley, CO

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