Trip Reports

Oct 21, 2017 - Liberty Trail

Oct 14, 2017 - Chinaman's Gulch Night Run

Oct 1 2017 - Fall colors run

Sept 23, 2017 - Eagle Rock Night Run

Sept 2 2017 - Labor Day Weekend in Buena Vista

Aug 19 2017 - Blanca Peak

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, day 1
Date: May 16 2017
Trip Leader: Mike
Members Present: Mike, Bob, Alex, Christine, Ben
Guests Present: Randy, Donavan, Jerry, Brandon
Picture Link: Mike's photos              
Description: Day 1 - Poison Spider Mesa and Where Eagles Dare. Poison Spider is one of those trails that has a variety of terrain that defines most of Moab wheeling--rock ledges short and deep, fast sand tracks and slow rocky sections, tall slick rock fins, spine-tingling vistas, and more. We left the City Market parking lot at 8:30 and made our way to the trailhead about 6 miles down Potash Road. I was driving yellow LJ, from this day forward to be known as "Yellowjacket." Bob and Jerry were in Bob's white LJ, while Donavan and his stepson Brandon were in Donavan's dark green JKU, all the way from southern California. Russ Rose's brother Randy brought his blue Cherokee from Dallas, TX; Alex was piloting his green khaki YJ, known as "Rock Monkey", and Ben drove Kristine's striped YJ "Tiger Monkey". We could tell it would be a busy trail, as there were other 4x4s and UTVs at the staging area. We were first to air down and first onto the trail, but it didn't last long, as Randy was plagued with one issue after another with his normally capable XJ. We ended up letting a couple groups pass us, but it didn't dampen our enthusiasm. We negotiated a bunch of switchbacks, to Tie Rod Flats. Then a shot but steep fin to climb, followed by the Wedgy, the Waterfall, and the High Speed Mesa. As we rolled up to the beginning of the Golden Spike trail, Bob noticed a new trail described on the very good signs as "Where Eagles Dare". That trail is a couple miles up the Golden Spike trail, but we wanted to finish the loop of Poison Spider so we kept on. Closer to the overlook area for Little Arch, Randy yelled on his CB that he had no brakes coming down a steep hill. Alex and Randy investigated and found a leaking brake connection at the junction between the front and rear brakes. An attempt to tighten the fitting just caused it to break off, so the hard line was pinched off, and some fluid added to the reservoir. We knew Randy needed to get his crippled rig back to town, so Bob volunteered to escort him out of the trail. Jerry hopped into my passenger seat, and rest of us finished the Poison Spider loop. When we got back to that same sign directing us to Golden Spike trail, we couldn't resist. Soon we found the Launch Pad, a VERY steep slick rock climb to a dome that isn't hard, but gets your heart racing anyway as you climb it. The next climb is longer than the Launch Pad, and known as Skyline Drive. At the top we posed our rigs by the American flag flying proudly. Back down the other side of the dome, and another 1/2 mile of ledges and slick rock, we found the sign for Where Eagles Dare. This is a new trail, with very little tire marks to guide the way. But there were very clear signage, and fresh paint marking gave us some confidence to navigate it. A tight squeeze got us into a big bowl, with an impossibly looking climb that made Skyline Drive look like a small hill. We took it slow and steady and got to the top with a wide grin and a fast beating heart. Whew! Next was a short loop to an overlook to the railway that carves under the highway to the east and into this narrow box canyon at least 500 ft below us. It was a spectacular view, to say the least. Back on the main trail we were once again confronted by a long steep uphill climb, more imposing than the last one because it didn't look like any 4x4s had been up it, despite the paint markings. But the trip leader was fearless (or maybe just dim), and he lead the group up and over, eventually finding the Golden Spike trail again. We back-tracked to the Poison Spider trail, only stopping when Alex sheared a leaf spring bolt off. Between my magic can 'o nuts, and Donavan's magic can 'o bolts, we found an acceptable match and got that rig back to moving. The rest of the trail was uneventful, with just a minor wrist sprain by the trail leader that really isn't worth mentioning at all. We all met for dinner at Suzie's Branding Iron and had a nice evening. Stay tuned for more trail write-ups during our excellent adventure. Mike