Moab Rim Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014
Moab Rim Trail Ride – May 16, 2014
At the drivers meeting we met our trail guide “Woody”. He attends many off road events and is also the owner of www.ih8mud.com. Woody was voted as the trail guide of the year for his involvement at the 2013 event. We were happy to have him on the Moab Rim Trail with us for the day.
The Moab Rim trail gets started quickly with a steep climb along the Colorado River. The first obstacle, known as the crack, can be somewhat challenging if you don’t hit the step just right.
At the crack we put tow straps on a few shorter rigs just to make sure they did not end up on their side. Shortly after helping a vehicle over the crack I heard some commotion behind me. Sure enough one of the vehicles ended up on its side a short distance up the trail. Thankfully no one was hurt and the vehicle was able to continue after it was back on its wheels.
After everyone made it over the crack we continued on to the Z turn. The Z turn has multiple lines and some are very difficult. An Arctic Cat WildCat found this out the hard way and broke the rear drive line. The owner decided to park it off to the side of the trail and repair it later. Pictures don’t capture how rugged the Z Turn actually is.
Once through the Z turn the trail is pretty easy other than some off camber spots and a few optional obstacles. At the top of Moab Rim there is an excellent view of Moab down below and you can also see the snow topped La Sal Mountains in the distance. We stopped here for lunch and took in all the beauty.
With full bellies, we saddled up and continued on toward the sand hill. This part of the trail is a small loop that connects back up to the main trail. There is an optional steep, sandy hill to climb that reminds me of the dunes at Sand Hollow State Park.
I had a blast watching the drivers race up the hill. One of our guys, Addam, jumped into the RZR 4 1000 demo unit I had. I told him “Give me one more good roost!” and he did, reluctantly of course, but within 30 feet the belt exploded. (Go figure.) Fortunately, another one of our guys had a spare belt and Addam was able to change out the shredded belt within minutes.
Back on the main trail we passed a few small water holes and then started dropping back down the side of the rim. Just before our return to the Z turn Woody and a participant helped winch a boulder out from under a stuck Jeep Cherokee. With the Jeep freed the owners could go about replacing their broken parts.
We made it back to the Z-turn and going down it can be just as frightening as climbing up it. Watching some of the faces as the machines came down the Z turn was a blast.
Back at the broken Wildcat the owner decided to try to limp it back down to the trail head. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on his side and he ended up bending a tie-rod and breaking one of the front axles. After removing the bent tie-rod a few guys were able to straighten it with the assistance of a steel fence post. Amazingly, it worked and didn’t damage the fence post either.
After getting everything back together the driver needed to be extremely careful and not stress the tie-rod again. To help, the group that was left actually pushed the Wildcat down the rest of the Moab Rim Trail to the parking lot. What an awesome group effort.
It happened to be a long day on the trail but fun none the less. To me there is nothing better than spending the day on the trail with good friends.
Note: Special thanks to ZBROZ Racing for quickly fixing one of our RZR’s before this trail ride. Thank you ZBROZ!
Here are some additional photos from our ride on the Moab Rim Trail:
Want to see more pictures from the Moab Rim trail? Here’s a link to our Moab Rim Trail Pictures from the 2013 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks