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Best scenic easy trails

Discussion in 'Moab' started by rpoint16, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. Sep 7, 2018 at 2:01 PM
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    rpoint16

    rpoint16 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    The wife & I are doing a week road trip the first week of October from Phoenix to Zion, Bryce, then on to MOAB. I am a very experienced off-road driver, however my 18 TRDORDC is still stock. I know my limitations and will just be checking out a few easy & hopefully scenic trails. I looked online and found a few easy rated trails. Out of these which is the most scenic or what do you recommend? Thanks!!

    Chicken Corners
    La Sal Pass
    Geysel Pass
    Dome Plateau
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  2. Sep 8, 2018 at 4:32 AM
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    HolyHandGrenade

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    Chicken Corners is easy and very scenic.

    Gemini Bridges is worth a look.

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  3. Sep 8, 2018 at 12:25 PM
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    Nice pic. When I get there I may just rent a Jeep for the day just so I wont be as limited & be able to check out more of the area.
     
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  4. Sep 10, 2018 at 9:30 AM
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    Skip la sal pass. Unless you want pinstriping.
    You’d be surprised the places you can go in a stock Tacoma, especially a trdor. Hells revenge, top of the world, poisen spider even. All depends on how confident you are off-road and patient with picking a smart line vs a fun one.
    But it’s hard to beat renting a jkur for $200 and going everywhere with ease.
     
  5. Sep 11, 2018 at 9:06 AM
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    I wouldn't skip La Sal Pass. I'd wanted to run it since our first trip to Moab in '03 and we finally ran it back in May. Excellent scenery; the views of Moab and Spanish Valley are fantastic, and the talus shelf road, while short, is a lot of fun. My only concern with the trail would be the potential for snow in October. Edit - a stock Tacoma will do the trail, no problem. We had a down day and decided to do something easy in the Jeep.

    Talus shelf:

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    Mt. Peale:

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  6. Sep 11, 2018 at 11:29 AM
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    Beautiful pics!!
     
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  7. Sep 11, 2018 at 11:42 AM
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    White rim is totally doable in a stock Tacoma. Was out there two weeks ago.
    If doing the whole rim prepare your passengers for the length. One of mine was getting tired of the ride. Beautiful can’t wait to get back! Considering moving out that way, too many people in metro Atlanta.

    As a side question for y’all that live out that way. What would you consider the best time of year for hiking in Arches and Zion and wheeling around Moab? (Read less crowds)
    We were out there after August 20 when the kids in Denver where back in school, wasn’t to bad.
     
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    When my wife and I still lived in ABQ, our favorite times of year to visit Moab were mid to late March (beating the EJS crowds) or late September. Late September weather is nearly perfect, while it can be highly variable in March. We've hit everything from snow to temps in the upper 70s in March. Crowds aren't bad at either time. We've been there in November, before Thanksgiving, and it was nearly a ghost town.
     
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  9. Sep 12, 2018 at 9:21 AM
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    Such a cool trip!
     
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    Looks like I'll be going to Moab in August this year, mostly to fly with some other paramotor pilots, but the most favorable weather for that is the first couple hours after dawn and the last couple hours up to sunset... so I'll have lots of time in between.

    I'd like to get out and see some scenery in the truck... stock SR5 4x4 with more 'street' tires. Easy and scenic will be preferred! I will probably also bring my fat tire folding electric bike for some light biking, too.
     

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