1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

My White Rim Trail Adventures

Discussion in 'Travel' started by canyonchaser, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:04 AM
    #1
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    314
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
    Years and years ago I did this trip - long before it was popular.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    But I've wanted to return for many years, so finally decided to pull the trigger. The White Rim Trail was closed for quite some time when one of the roads was washed away, but was reopened this March. The first decent Backcountry Permit/Campsite available wasn't until the first week of November.

    We would be traveling with a couple of long-time friends, but we were all arriving at different times. We arrived and spent a day doing the traditional tourist thing.

    [​IMG]
    Arches National Park...

    We weren't able to find someone to watch my wifes puppy (Sprocket) so we would be taking him along. But the National Park Service is very anti-dog, so he would be a bit of a fugative.

    [​IMG]

    For reasons beyond us, Pets are not allowed to walk on sidewalks. They are allowed in the street however... It actually says this in the literature.

    [​IMG]

    We decided to leave Arches using a small dirt road instead of the main route.

    [​IMG]

    This gave Sprocket a chance to stretch his legs.
    [​IMG]
    We're starting to worry....

    We all rallied up Tuesday night and were ready to enter the Park on Wednesday. We started off by heading out of Moab on Potash Road and then onto Long Canyon.
    [​IMG]

    However, a storm came in that night and doused all the higher elevations with snow.
    [​IMG]
    However, it was quite pretty...

    We stopped to air down the tires, I dropped down to 20psi. I was afraid to go much lower although I'm told as low as 12psi is acceptable.
    [​IMG]

    It's amazing how long it took to air down the tires, Eric (first Gen Tacoma) and Jeremey (X-Terra) teamed up to speed up the process.
    [​IMG]

    Soon, we were driving on a blanket of snow. Traction was surprisingly good, particularly when you consider that slick-rock becomes extremely slippery when wet.
    [​IMG]

    We arrived at the infamous fallen rock...
    [​IMG]

    Obligatory rock photo...
    [​IMG]

    Soon we found ourselves dealing with some very Slick-Rock and some big holes. It took a couple of tries and some relocation of larger rocks in order for the X-Terra to make it through. ;)
    [​IMG]

    Wheels in the air!
    [​IMG]

    My Taco made it through no problem!
    [​IMG]
    (it was a lot worse than it looks in the photos)

    Sprocket never doubted the Taco's abilities.
    [​IMG]

    Soon, we were nearing the top of the canyon!
    [​IMG]

    Just in time to drop back down via the Shafer Trail
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:07 AM
    #2
    friction

    friction Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2010
    Member:
    #30064
    Messages:
    1,803
    Gender:
    Male
    Charleston, SC
    Vehicle:
    '08 4X4 RC SR5
    OEM Cruise, 5100s @.85, Century Ultra shell, TRD covers, TRD skid.
    Very nice. Love the Hardbody, too.
     
  3. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:15 AM
    #3
    Blackened Taco

    Blackened Taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Member:
    #10771
    Messages:
    594
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tony
    Virginia
    Vehicle:
    2005 AC 4WD TRD Sport Tacoma Speedway Blue
    3 inch suspension lift, 16 inch TRD FJ Cruiser black alloys, 33 X 12.5/16 Swamper Trxus M/T, Line-Xed Toyota skid plate, TRD exhaust, TRD cold air intake, Full tint to match factory tint, In channel wind deflectors, Custom wired hidden XM, Black shorty antenna, Black background headlights, Sockmonkey TRD decals, Kenwood 5120 HU with navigation, Boston Acoustic SL60 front compnonent speakers, SL65 rear speakers, Grillcraft lower mesh grille, Black badging, AromorTech Offroad rear bumper and rear shackle flip kit Access tonnosprt cover, 12 volt power adapter wired in under the dash for standard plug in items. Recently added Devil Horn Toyota Logo, Thanks Andres.
    I had a blast when I ran that trail, would love to do it again. The next time I would take at least 2 days.
     
  4. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM
    #4
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    314
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
    Dropping back down into the canyons... Trucks for scale...
    [​IMG]

    Extremely tight switchbacks. The advantages of a smaller vehicle.
    [​IMG]

    ...and onto the White Rim Trail - which is a road that lives half-way between the very top of the canyon and the very bottom.
    [​IMG]

    We stopped to walk across Musselman Arch. Used to be that the bravest of men would drive thir FJ40's and CJ's across this thing. Scary.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Another glamour shot...
    [​IMG]

    It really was a lot steeper than it looks. I promise.
    [​IMG]

    So, the thing to do is to crawl out on your belly and look over the edge...
    [​IMG]

    Quick pose in front of the snow-covered La Sal Mountain range
    [​IMG]

    So, remember the very first photo I posted? This is how that climb looks now.
    [​IMG]
    The Flat-Hats, in order to make the trail safer for mountain bikes have slowly been flattening and smoothing and leveling the road.... So sad...

    Oh-o-Oh, what a feelin'
    [​IMG]
    Toyota!

    Those delicate looking towers that are all sorta connected, but kinda not... They're called Hoodoo's.
    [​IMG]

    Part of being in the middle of two great expanses, both up and down, means that sometimes there isn't a whole lot of room for a road.
    [​IMG]

    At the very southern most tip of the trail is White Crack campground, this is the view.
    [​IMG]
    This is the most popular campsite, but sadly, Special Use Permit holders (i.e. tour groups) snatch up all the permits as soon as they become available, making it almost impossible for the general public to camp here. Damn flat-hats.

    As the day came to an end, we had one last climb, up the Hog-Back.
    [​IMG]

    Years ago when we did this road, this climb was rocky, and ledgy and pretty sketchy. On this day I did it in 2-wheel drive...
    [​IMG]
    In fact, I did essentially the entire trail in 2H.

    However, the views are still spectacular!
    [​IMG]

    And here is the view from our campsite - see if you can find the Sprocket in this photo.
    [​IMG]

    Fantastic light
    [​IMG]

    Setting up camp...
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM
    #5
    skb7527

    skb7527 Political Correctness Sucks!

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2010
    Member:
    #45445
    Messages:
    577
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    McKinney, Texas
    Vehicle:
    2012 Pyrite Mica 4X4
    Cooper Discoverer ATP tires, Bilstein 5100s all the way around, OME coils, Toytech AAL, debadged, removed pin stipe, chopped tail pipe, weather tech floor mats, Tonneau cover, Toyota bed mat, homemade eight ball gear shifter and cargo divider
    Awesome pics! :thumbsup:
     
  6. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:27 AM
    #6
    T@co_Pr3runn3r

    T@co_Pr3runn3r XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2009
    Member:
    #12767
    Messages:
    10,363
    Gender:
    Male
    <----------------->
    Vehicle:
    08 RC Prerunner SR5
    Major cool stuff!
     
  7. Nov 8, 2011 at 8:41 AM
    #7
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    314
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
    It was a very cold night, but the next morning we had a visitor. A very large black raven.
    [​IMG]

    Watching the sun rise was amazing - and would bring with it much desired warmpth.
    [​IMG]

    Sprocket doesn't much care for the cold
    [​IMG]

    Ahh, finally sun and warmth.
    [​IMG]

    FEED ME!
    [​IMG]

    The face-off. Let the games begin!
    [​IMG]

    CHARGE!
    [​IMG]

    Sneaky, sneaky...
    [​IMG]

    CHARGE!
    [​IMG]

    Breaking down camp
    [​IMG]

    Pam and Jeremy love their X-Terra so much that every time they see one they do the salute and proclaim "X-Terra! X-TREME Adventure!"
    [​IMG]

    Eric and I wanted a salute too...
    [​IMG]
    Taco Taco Taco Taco! NOM NOM NOM!

    It's not near as cool...

    Time to drop off the Islands in the Sky...
    [​IMG]

    One of the few places I used 4L. Mostly to just control the descent.
    [​IMG]

    Epic scenery and perfect temperatures.
    [​IMG]

    More descending
    [​IMG]
    The roads are extremely smooth, but a lot more fun because at least they are not entirely flat.

    Dukes of Hazzard camera angles
    [​IMG]

    Sprocket really wanted to drive
    [​IMG]

    Oh-o-Oh what a feelin'!
    [​IMG]
    Toyota!

    It's a long way down, and a long way to the top
    [​IMG]

    Cause and effect...
    [​IMG]

    We thought it would be a good photo if we drove right up to the edge
    [​IMG]

    This is as closed as we dared get
    [​IMG]

    Good times!
    [​IMG]

    How long does it take for you spit to reach the ground?
    [​IMG]

    Glamour shot
    [​IMG]

    Back on the road
    [​IMG]

    Modern day wagon train
    [​IMG]

    Whoah!
    [​IMG]

    Find the Gen1 Taco
    [​IMG]

    A little bit scary
    [​IMG]

    But a whole lot of cool
    [​IMG]

    Makin' it look good
    [​IMG]

    Wallpaper shot
    [​IMG]

    Twisty roads
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Me taking a photo of you taking a photo of me taking a photo of you... It never ends!
    [​IMG]

    Narrow winding road...
    [​IMG]

    Not a good time for a flood
    [​IMG]

    Along the river for a spell...
    [​IMG]

    Who decides this would be a good place for a road?
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    This is Hey Joe Canyon
    [​IMG]

    Between the spires!
    [​IMG]

    And coming to the end of our adventure...
    [​IMG]

    Squirrel?
    [​IMG]

    Despite the flat-hats taking a lot of the character out of the road, it was kinda nice to be nicer to my $35k toy. And the views are still spectacular.

    If you want to get a permit, it's best to call and nag the Canyonlands NP visitor center. It's really hard to get White-Crack, but a lot of people actually prefer Murphy Campsite A (the one we used) On top of Island in the Sky Butte.

    Thanks for reading. :)

    dp
     
  8. Nov 13, 2011 at 2:21 PM
    #8
    oZmonKey

    oZmonKey Big Metal Hubajube

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Member:
    #49599
    Messages:
    1,249
    Gender:
    Male
    Northern Colorado
    Vehicle:
    Black 98
    Unknown Spacer Lift.
    1 Jelly Taco right here.
     
  9. Nov 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    #9
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    314
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
  10. Nov 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM
    #10
    jjw1

    jjw1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2010
    Member:
    #36355
    Messages:
    9,649
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jesse
    Citrus County Florida
    Vehicle:
    2011 Super White DCSB TRD OR PreRunner
    Weather Tech Floor Liners, Truxedo Bed Cover, OEM Silver Step Bars, Debadged, Colormatched Satoshi, Wet Okoles, OEM Roof Rack, Bed Mat, Locking Gas Cap, and removed Mud Flaps
    Great pics and clean looking Taco :thumbsup:
     
  11. Nov 24, 2011 at 9:41 PM
    #11
    derekabraham

    derekabraham Living vicariously through everybody

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Member:
    #7822
    Messages:
    29,135
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    TW'S Hippy Liberal
    Portland, OR
    Vehicle:
    2002 4x4 4Runner
    Stick on hood scoop from Autozone.
    Epic trip! This looks like the perfect adventure. I must run it one day. :D
     
  12. Nov 24, 2011 at 9:43 PM
    #12
    Indian Shifter

    Indian Shifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Member:
    #49170
    Messages:
    191
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ashil
    Oregon
    Vehicle:
    2011 White DC TRD Sport 4x4 Manual
  13. Nov 24, 2011 at 10:00 PM
    #13
    luk8272

    luk8272 Poodoo

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2008
    Member:
    #4929
    Messages:
    5,831
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Lucas
    Kaplan, Louisiana
    Vehicle:
    07 Silver4dr. 4x4, V6 Shortbed
    5% Tint, Bug flector, vent Visors, Removed secondary air filter, Rear Spring TSB w/ Wheeler's Add A Leaf HD Pack, Icon 2.0 rear shocks, Toytec 3" lift up front with Total Chaos UCA's, Debadged, Billet Grille,TRD Offroad rims/17x9 Pro comp 6001 rims, Duratracs 265/75/16 or 285/70/17, Fog light anytime mod, Tailgate hose clamp mod, Pro-dry AFE filter. Extended Differential Breather, ABS on/off, 6000k LEDs from CSJumper, heads/fogs, ScanguageII, Devil horns, Devil horns on third brake light, Mounted 60" Highlift, Mounted Tool Box, Wet Okole Front/Rear Seat Covers, TW sticker, Midland Handheld CB,Painted engine cover, Revenge Fab Sliders, ARE Topper, Weather tech Floorliners.
    Great pictures!
     
  14. Nov 26, 2011 at 7:54 AM
    #14
    canyonchaser

    canyonchaser [OP] Duae Rotarum per Sempre

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Member:
    #49496
    Messages:
    314
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Salt Lake City
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double-Cab TRD Sport
    Thanks for the kind words!

    dp
     
  15. Feb 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM
    #15
    DigB

    DigB Go Jets GO!!!!!!

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Member:
    #37000
    Messages:
    438
    Gender:
    Male
    Winnipeg
    Vehicle:
    DCLB TRD Sport
    Air Freshener mod
    Great Pics!! I keep coming back to look at them and get myself pumped for my trip down in May!
     
  16. Mar 31, 2012 at 12:11 AM
    #16
    ruslanus

    ruslanus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Member:
    #36608
    Messages:
    324
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rus
    Wasilla, AK
    Rear diff breather relocate, CB, weather tech floor mats, rain guards EGR, DTRL stealth mode switch, removed mud flaps, SnugTop Rebel camper shell, Airflow America snorkel
    truly breath taking footage. I think my palms were getting sweaty watching those drops :)
     
  17. Apr 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM
    #17
    mk7

    mk7 Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2011
    Member:
    #63102
    Messages:
    44
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Michael
    Austin, TX
    Vehicle:
    '11 4x4 TRD Off Road
    Awesome, I want to do this.
     
To Top