On our way up this year, we decided to take a slight detour up U.S. Route 6, head up and over the White Mountains and explore some of the cool ghost towns in Nevada’s Candelaria Hills.
Memorial Day Weekend is typically a time when we like to kick off summer and start our wheeling trips back up to the Sierra Nevada mountains. However, with all the snow we saw all weekend long, I think â€œwinter finaleâ€? might have been more appropriate. At least, thatâ€™s what our good friend Tim liked to call it anyway.
Earlier in the week, there was some discussion about doing an easy scenic run to finish up our week long Moab adventures but, that didn’t last long and, come Friday, it was all about going out with a BANG!! And, that’s why we chose to do a run up Goldbar Rim and a part of the Golden Spike Trail to get out to the Golden Crack. On these trails, we saw lots of big ledges, all kinds of slickrock to play on and outstanding views out to the Colorado River and beyond.
For our 5th day in Moab, we decided to take the day off from wheeling and do a little sightseeing on foot in the ever beautiful Arches National Park. And, being that the Delicate Arch is essentially the symbol, the icon that represents, that would be our main destination for the day.
Day 4 of our Moab Easter Jeep Safari would take us up to sandstone plains of the Poison Spider Mesa Trail. By far one of the most famous trails in the Moab area, Poison Spider Mesa features steep climbs up slickrock faces, off camber shoots, technical v-notch sections and fun sand dunes to rip down.
For Day 3, it was time to kick things up a notch and challenge both Jeep and Driver alike on the Cliffhanger Trail. Right from the get go, this trail has big ledges you have to decend, tough rock gardens you have to climb and never racking narrow shelf roads that hug the side of towering cliff faces.
Our second day in Moab was spent over at AREA BFE where we attended the Project-JK Moab Madness event hosted by Full-Traction Suspension, Superior Axle & Gear and Superchips. After spending the afternoon playing on the Green Day Trail, our gracious hosts treated us to an awesome burgers and hotdog BAR-B-Q!!
For our first official day out in Moab, we wanted to break everyone in on something not too difficult but, something that would give them an idea of what to expect for the rest of the week.
Off Road Evolution’s JK Experience presented by Falken Tire will be an event that will promote and showcase the off-road and on-road capabilities of the Jeep JK, and in particular the products from those manufacturers that participate/sponsor the event. Expect hardcore terrain, mind blowing scenery, and what you will call “The best experience I have ever been on” when it is all said and done.
Rausch Creek Off-road Park once again hosted the 2nd Annual EastCoast JKFest and with a total of 87 Jeep JK’s in attendance on Saturday and over 100 in attendance throughout the weekend. Thanks to the generous help of our sponsors, PureJeep, Hanson Offroad, Clayton Offroad, Full Traction Suspension, 4Wheel Drive Hardware, Northridge4x4, Superchips, LOD, Teraflex and Alpha Expedition this event definitely turned out to be much bigger and better than the year before.
About a month ago, we had planned to do the Dusy Ershim with JK-Forum.com members MBATF, rampage, Trail Bud and Mel from Off Road Evolution but, after a very full summer of hard wheelin and having just come off both Niagara Rim and the Rubicon the week before, we decided that it might be best to just cancel this trip and reschedule it for sometime next year. Certainly, we were spent and the Dusy is known for being extremely long and grueling both physically and mentally and I don’t know if any of us were ready for that. But, as you’ve probably guessed by now, that decision lasted all but about a day or so before Mel caught wind that we wanted to back out and talked us back into doing the run.
Hanson Offroad and Purejeep in conjunction with Project-JK, JK-forum, invites members to its 2nd Annual EastCoast JKFest Trail ride & Meet and Greet.