Strike Ravine Trail report - EJS 2016 in Moab Day 1 #EJS2016Posted in Moab Experience: 2016 on March 21, 2016
Just south of Moab the trail known as Strike Ravine starts to the left just before the big uphill grade out of town. If you’ve driven south out of Moab, you know the one. We’re talking about the one that forces almost everyone (or your automatic tranny anyways) to downshift. The trail, as of 2016 isn’t terribly technical for most modified Jeeps, but does offer a beautiful trip through the cedars and hills of the region with amazing geology and spectacular vistas of the La Sals. Covering a lot of the area near Area BFE Strike Ravine has more than a few obstacles to keep most drivers on their toes, but without risking too much body damage or vehicular carnage. The trail is fairly well marked with small SR signage, but there are several other trails that cross it so bring a guide or a good guidebook. The trail is more of a good friends and family run (than one that will test the limits of your rig), but the trail has a few good hill climbs, a few spots where tire placement is important and a few more difficult lines (with easier go-arounds). All in all it’s a great trail to hit during Easter Jeep Safari or practically any time of the year. Also the trail ends right in the thick of Area BFE, a 320 acre recreation park area which has more than enough trails and obstacles to challenge just about any rig. The park is free, but welcomes any and all donations, donations that help maintain and protect the park for all to use, an important aspect of off-roading in modern times. Please visit Area BFE, and please donate.
We headed out to Strike Ravine on Sunday of EJS 2016 the Fiftieth anniversary of Easter Jeep Safari to hit the trails with lots of good friends from Warn, Skyjacker, and ARB. Check out some of the action from Strike Ravine.
One of the first hills that got our attention on Strike ravine was this slightly off-camber hill climb just after making a slight jog to the right. With tires aired down, a little throttle, and 4Lo we were able to make short work of this hill, but a truly stock Jeep with road pressure may struggle a bit.
Just about the first half of the trail traverses ridges and low creek beds. The views are great and the trail is fun.
These small signs designate the way through Strike Ravine and are well placed. Still there’s lots of private land in the area, and false turns. Having someone who knows the trail might be a good idea.
There are a few areas with tight switch backs that make for a good time to get pictures of your friends making their way up the trail. Several of the four-door JKs on our trip had to make three point turns in one spot or two, but our short flattie made the turns with ease.
There is a little bit of slickrock along the trail with a few stair step climbs but most of the trail runs on dirt of the arid cedar forests of the region. Rain or snow could change this trail from a fox to a lion.
The trail weaves in and out of different ravines and crests several ridges. Much of the area is private, and there are a few mines. Heed the signs and don’t break the rules or the law. This area of the trail skirts private property with some cool old signage. ‘Merica!
The trail threads its way just past the entrance to the infamous and very difficult Upper Helldorado Trail. Just below that is an optional set of rocks in a creek bed to the right. The far left side is the easy bypass and the rocks to the right can be moderate to difficult depending on your line. Far right you can straddle the crack between the two long rocks. A little to the left and you have to climb a big blocky rock. This is the harder line.
Here’s the easier line to the far right, but you can bypass all these rocks to the far left.
Did we mention the vistas of the snowy La Salle mountains? Breathtaking!
There is a cool mine entrance to explore along the trail and nearby there are several more technical rocky areas (the difficult ones have bypasses). These large boulders are fun to weave between and proper tire placement will keep diffs off the rocks and rigs moving forward.
Just past the mine is another slightly off camber climb out of a creek to the right that hugs the cliff wall. The line is pretty obvious but there are rocks that will grab your diffs if you’re not paying attention.
The trail eventually trickles out near the main entrance to Area BFE. If you’re off-road appetite has just been whetted by Strike Ravine the park offers more challenges than you can imagine, technical climbs, twisty ravines, huge rocks, and all of it. Please donate!