Moab EJS 2016 Trail Report: Seven Mile Rim #EJS2016Posted in Moab Experience: 2016 on March 29, 2016
There are harder trails in Moab than 7 Mile Rim, but few will give you the sketchy feeling of sidehilling a rock-solid sand dune, and knowing that a roll won’t be on the soft stuff. Yet the Seven Mile Rim trail (which is actually 14 miles long) isn’t too difficult on the Red Rock 4 Wheelers rating scale; it is only rated a 4 out of 10 and can be done without lockers and with stock tires. But there are plenty of ledges and rocks to entice you, which do require taller tires and better traction aids- it’s all about if you want to play or not. There are plenty of steep drops and breakovers that can scrape your underside clean, and cracks that can make your suspension scream in pain.
We scouted the trail out with Daystar Suspension mid-week and found only a few other groups trying the route. Any other time of year the trail should be all yours to enjoy with the incredible scenery of sandstone spires and deep gorges. In fact the monolithic formations of Entrada sandstone in the center of the trail are named the Monitor and Merrimac, after their supposed resemblance to the Civil War ironclad battleships. It’s a great location for lunch and photos, but pressing on gets you to the Rainbow- the sketchy off-camber part that makes regular Jeepers pucker the bottomside.
Regardless of your experience the trail takes you through much of the typical Moab landscape and is the perfect intro trail before attempting senselessly crazy obstacles that are sure to break or bend your rig. Check out some of the varied obstacles we nailed and some of the great rigs that shared the trail for this report.