Trip Reports

July 15 2017 - Veterans Home Show & Shine

June 3 2017 - Eagle Rock Scouting trip

May 19 2017 - Moab, day 4

May 18 2017 - Moab, day 3

May 17 2017 - Moab, day 2

May 16 2017 - Moab, day 1

May 6-2017 - Hackett Gulch

April 9 2017 - Chinaman's Gulch

Feb 25-2017 - Hackett Gulch

Dec 18, 2016 - Christmas Party 2016

Oct 12-15 2016 - Chile Challenge

Sept 10 2016 - Spring Creek

Sept 1-4 2016 - Dakota Territory Challenge 2016

July 2 2016 - Veteran's Home Show-n-Shine

June 18 2016 - Eagle Rock Work Trip

June 4 2016 - Eagle Rock Scouting trip

May 13 2016 - Moab: Top of The World , Day 4

May 12 2016 - Moab: Strike Ravine & Area BFE , Day 3

May 11 2016 - Moab: Metal Masher , Day 2

May 10 2016 - Moab: The Pickle , Day 1

May 10 2016 - Moab: Seven Mile Rim , Day 1

April 9 2016 - Chinaman's Gulch

Oct 25 2015 - Chinamans Gulch

Sept 23-26 2015 - Moab

Sept 4 2015 - Dakota Territory Challenge

August 22 2015 - Blanca Peak

Aug 8 2015 - Red Cone

July 25, 2015 - Holy Cross

June 28, 2015 - Eagle Rock Trail Cleanup

June 20 2015 - Twin Cone

June 13, 2015 - Metberry Bulch

May 16 2015 - Carnage BV

May 2, 2015 - Liberty

June 28, 2014 - Twin Cone

June 21, 2014 - Work Trip-Eagle Rock/Reynolds Wrap

May 17, 2014 - Rainbow Falls

May 4, 2014 - Independence Trails

April 27, 2014 - Chinaman Gulch

Trip Reports

Moab: Top of The World , Day 4
Date: May 13 2016
Trip Leader: Mike
Members Present: Sue & Dawson, Bob & Corey, Donovan, Sam and Ben, Dick & Dan, Donald, Rob
Guests Present:
Picture Link: Mike's photos              
Description: Our normal meeting place is the City Market grocery in downtown Moab. I’d received a text from Ben that he and Sam decided to procure a set of junkyard leaf springs and get them installed in time to join the rest of the group on today’s trail ride. We were waiting for Rob to arrive from Grand Jct. with his relatives anyway, and also a couple of Sam’s friends were in town and asked if they could join us in their full size trucks, so it wasn’t a big deal to wait a little longer. At about 10:30 Bud shows up sporting some un-bent boingers, so we headed down Hwy 128 to Dewey Bridge for a fun-filled day. Of course I didn’t write down the names of Rob’s passengers or Sam’s friends. You’ll just have to trust me when I tell you we had a large group of 4x4s, with 3 additional rigs and 10 new people. Even Marilyn came along on this one. However Dick, Bob, and Corey were no-shows. Oh, and since I have named all of the other rigs in our club during this trip, I’m naming Rob’s copper-colored JK, “Brickyard”, which matches the color, shape, and Rob loves stock car racing.

This trail is really about the scenery, but we quickly discovered that it sports quite a few impressive steps and ledges that can be considered too hard for most stock SUVs. We slowly wound our way among the scrub and cactus and flowering desert flora as we climbed steadily upward. A few of these ledges were technical enough that several of the group had to attempt more than one time to find just the right line to negotiate them. Along the way we encountered a few UTVs and other 4x4 vehicles, but no issues and no worries. It took a few hours of scrabbling through the terrain, but soon enough we arrived at the reason for the name of this trail: Top of the World. It’s an apt description for this place, with a perfect view of all points of this enchanting region of Utah. This was also a perfect location to find a bit of shade among the pinion and scrub oak to put the camping chairs and just settle down for a late lunch while taking in the awesome vistas. There was another group here when we arrived, but they cleared out shortly and left us to ourselves.

I could tell folks were getting antsy to move, so we packed it up and headed back down. On the way, we caught up to the group that had been at the top, and they were definitely taking it slow off of the bigger ledges because there was a bone-stock late model Cherokee, scraping and bumping every minor step. I was mildly impressed that it had a factory rear locker and an owner who was game to bashing the plastic. After a while they found a turn-out and let us continue by. We stopped at an open section of the trail near the end to let the group catch up, when I saw Rob crawl under his rig looking at something. Thankfully we did stop, because Brickyard was missing a bolt that hold the left front control arm bracket to the frame. The front axle had shifted forward into the sway bar links. I called for Sam to bring Bud up behind Rob’s and we noodled what to do. Out comes my Magic Can o’ Nuts and Bolts, and it miraculously had just the right length and diameter we needed. Of course we also need to wrap a tow strap around the axle, bring it to the winch cable on Sam’s rig behind him, and then yanking the axle back enough to pound the bolt through the bracket. Within an hour we had a permanent trail fix, and the group decided we had enough fun for the day and headed back to the blacktop.

The evening was a great time for all, with the newly refurbished BBQ grill fired up at our condo (after stealing a propane bottle from Sam’s place) and frosty beverages all around. It was a nearly perfect end to a nearly perfect Moab trip, and I am 100% sure we are already looking forward to next May!