Moab 2015 Adventure – BFE and Kane Creek


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Last day in Moab, we decided to do a scenic trail and take it easy. We also didn’t want to break any jeeps before we head back. What we didn’t know was the surprises waiting for us. My jeep was going to be ready around noon. So we decided that we would go and play around area BFE in the morning. Area BFE is a private land where you could play around with optional donation. It was a wet day and none of us knew what to expect on a wet, snowy and muddy day in Moab. It was ok to play on the rocks with less traction. We are used to that from BC anyways. But Moab mud proved itself to be an extreme challenge. Driving on Moab Mud was like driving on ice. It is a very fine soupy and sticky mud. If you walk in it, you start carrying 10lbs of mud under each feet after a few steps. If you drive on it, it is so fine and soupy that you get no traction. Once you get it on your tires, good luck trying to crawl over rocks. So we all experienced a different kind of wheeling that day.

After we picked my jeep, we started heading towards Kane Creek. The muddy road was a bitch. We weren’t having fun at all. But then we started heading down to flat area that put us on one of the most fun trails of my life. It was a combination of zig zaging across Kane creek with sandy and curvy bits in between. It was like a roller coaster ride. Curve to the left and curve to the right and down into creek and up on the road. It goes on and on. 50 something creek crossings on a fun trail. Just where it ends, we started climbing up this slippery road with 5 feet ledges on it. One side of the road was a wall cliff around 2000ft drop. The pucker factor was on highest level when the safe passes of some these ledges was on the cliff side. So in one day, our feelings changed from anger, hate, frustration, fun, extreme fun, scared to diaper needing. I must admit this was one of a kind day and possibly the best day of our trip.

Moab 2015 Adventure – Rusty Nail

This is an extreme trail which departs from Golden Bar Rim and passes by Jeep Arch and connects to Golden Spike near the Golden Crack. My jeep was in the shop getting repaired this day. This gave me an opportunity better plan my videos and I was able to walk away from the group for some long shots. It was definitly a fun day even without my jeep.

Moab 2014 – Golden Spike

As we got further into trail, the scenery got better and better. At the same time, the rocks and waterfalls, and the ledges got steeper and higher. The fun was at its highest level in terms of jeeping. I cant wait to go back to Moab 🙂 One of the awesome part of this  trail was to see Dillon in his rescue green jeep tackling every obstacle. He doesnt have the lockers or gears we have but choosing the right lines and his driving skills did the job for him. Kudos to him and wait to see him going over Golden Crack in the next episode.

 

Moab 2014 – Part 3 Poison Spider & Gold Bar Rim

This is one of the most popular trails in Moab and is often combined with Golden Spike and Gold Bar Rim. Poison Spider Mesa is a fun-filled combination of challenging obstacles and incredible scenery. We were driving with caution through difficult, huge, awkward ledges and many tippy spots. This trail requires modified vehicles with very high ground clearance, lockers, large tires and good articulation. Route-finding on loop portion of trail is very challenging. We followed the painted Jeep symbols.

Moab 2014 – Part 2 – Elephant Hill

This is the second day of our trip. Elephant hill area is 75 miles each way from Moab village. But it is worth for the scenery. The confluence where Colorado and Green rivers meet and The Crack Canyon have the most amazing views. There is a quite a long dry sandy creek bed drive on the trail. That’s when we tried some rally style driving. There are some sections we drove through tight squeeze between rocks and sometimes even under rocks. I should say for the scenery and fun, Elephant Hill topped all the trails we drove in Moab.

 

Kenyon Lake

This lake is basically at the end of the Slyvester Road. It is a very remote lake. There was nobody there even on the weekend. From there we went to natural bath tubs. The water was crystal clear and each tub had its own jet/shower system. It was a little cold to jump in but I think it is an area I should go back on a very hot day. After the tubs we took a very challenging trail in which we had to use the winch a few times.

Apex Mountain, Hedley, BC

Apex Mountain is a ski resort. If you have the money, as far as I know, it is for sale too. The whole area is a beautiful alpine country. Very much like Whipsaw. It very close to Whipsaw too. It is in Hedley, BC. The best of the trip other than camping by the lake and beautiful scenery was Plain Hard Trail. This trail was supposedly too hard for JKs to do. Well, all of us, finished the trail. Scott was leading us in his heavily built TJ. He is a highly qualified, avid and talented off road driver. He even had his challenges in certain areas. I was the only JK driver to complete the trail without pulling my winch line. That made me feel good. But not everybody was enjoying the trail as much as I did. In my opinion, Dillon in his open open sahara was the truly the winner of the day.

Walker Valley, WA

This trail is very tight.  It is an old logging area.  There are steep climbs, drive through forest, rock pits, mud pits, logs and roots sticking out and lots of terra walls to smash your fenders against.  It is very technical. A lifted rig with lockers is recommended.  If you like your paint and save your mirrors and windows, taking off your doors is a good idea.  The drive through forest is very scenic.  We spent almost 10 hours on the trail and all of us were looking to go back at the end.  Our hosts were from Washington and they did an excellent job by showing us the trail.  The permit is required to be on the trail.

Part 1

The second part of the my video contains best part of Walker Valley trails. The big rock on Ron’s Run trails took the paint off the hinge of my jeep’s right back door. When I was backing up to pick another line, the tree on the left side took my mirror out. I would highly recommend that during this trail keep all your limbs inside the jeep. We didnt want to try the V-rock but Evan decided to take run at the 2 rocks across the V-rock. Enjoy 🙂

Part 2

 

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