This is the only trail that has ever received a rating of 5 by the Red Rock Fourwheelers of Moab. When the trail is run at the Easter Jeep Safari, locking differentials and a winch are required on all vehicles.
Let me tell you, this is one incredible trail. The guys I went with say it has gotten quite a bit worse in the last two years. Everything was fun until we got to the Rocker Knocker. This is an incredible obstacle! I was climbing right over everything until we got there. When I would try to go up I would slip toward a big boulder that is famous for destroying rocker panels. My driver's door would have been the victim of this rocks appetite but I had no desire to feed the door to it. I finally found a new approach and drove right up to the amazement of my friends. The ARB air lockers I put on my truck are worth every penny!
I was really looking forward to the Rock Pile, an unbelievably hard obstacle that most vehicles have to be winched over. They pile huge rocks at the bottom just so you can get the front of your truck up on the slickrock ledge that towers at least six feet high. Unfortunately, a few yards before the rock pile is a pretty formidable obstacle. It is a ledge that is about four feet high. I had a good line on going up this obstacle and should have made it but the rear wheels on my truck slipped on the loose sand and fell down the ledge, smashing my rear driveshaft! The rest of the canyon took us about 4 hours to get out of, having to winch my truck up the rest of the trail. The next morning I drove to Grand Junction in front wheel drive and had my rear driveshaft rebuilt but that ended the weekend for me. Next time I take a trail like this, I will have a spare driveshaft ready to bolt in.
Damage from this Trail:
Destroyed my rear driveshaft
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