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Moab EJS 2015 – Seven Mile Rim Trail

Seven Mile Rim Trail is another easy trail, rated a 4 out of 10.  The starts north of Moab, traveling south near the cliff rim above Highway 191, more or less following a circle. Along the way, Uranium Arch will is seen, and the trail runs in the vicinity of Merrimac Butte, Monitor Butte, Determination Towers, and Big Mesa.

Map of Seven Mile Rim Trail

Map of Seven Mile Rim Trail

Once upon the mesa you see impressive views of Copper Ridge which is a light green color from a seam of low grade copper ore called the Morrison Formation.  Beyond that you can see a feature in Arches National Park, called The Marching Men because the stones are broken vertically in many separate tall pieces.

The Marching Men in Arches NP and Copper Ridge as seen from Seven Mile Rim

The Marching Men in Arches NP and Copper Ridge as seen from Seven Mile Rim

Here’s a slightly different view of the Marching Men.

Another view of the Marching Men

Another view of the Marching Men

As before the mesa cliff walls appear reasonably flat from a distance, but up close you easily see how ragged and tore they are.  The debris at the base of the cliff attests to the falling boulders from the mesa sides.

Craggy buttes form the mesa on which Seven Mile Rim Trial runs

Craggy buttes form the mesa on which Seven Mile Rim Trial runs

My friends Steve and Ann have driven many more trails than I have, and they joined us on this one.  Here’s Ann appreciating the view from the edge of the Rim.

Ann at the edge of Seven Mile Rim.

Ann at the edge of Seven Mile Rim.

One of the prominent features of this trail is Uranium Arch.

Uranium Arch is actually two parallel arches

Uranium Arch is actually two parallel arches

There are two arches here that span high above the modest-sized trees, and it is quite easy to climb up and walk across the arches.

Barbary dares the arch for a photograph

Barbary dares the arch for a photograph

The trail offers a few more obstacles like a “crack” and a curious stretch of sandstone that seems to have lots of raised circular “stones” embedded in the stone.  Theories abound as to their origin, but no one knew how this formation came to be.

The trail wound between two Estrada Sandstone buttes, the Merrimac and the Monitor.  Then there is a challenging section with a steep climb right up the base of the butte, followed by a loop with an off camber section that finally descends steeply to a mixed sand/slickrock flat section just above Wipeout Hill.  Then a set of spires mark the transition to a sandy wash which runs out to the pavement.

Spires near the end of the trail

Seven-Mile-Run

Seven-Mile-Run

References:

Seven Mile Rim Trail — Red Rock 4-Wheelers

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