Top Of The World Trail Report - Moab Easter Jeep Safari 2016 #EJS2016Posted in Moab Experience: 2016 on March 25, 2016
There are plenty of places to wheel in and around Moab, but few will offer as big of a reward at the end as the Top of the World trail. Located about 30 miles out of town, just before the site of the Dewey Bridge and offers spectacular vistas of Fisher Valley and Onion Creek, as well as the usually snow-capped La Sal mountains. On a clear day, the beautiful Canyonlands and Arches National Parks stand out in the distance like a painting.
The Top of the World is an approximately 25-mile loop once you leave the pavement. The trail starts out as an easy dirt road, but quickly degrades into rocky climb interspersed with increasingly regular rock ledges. A stock Wrangler Rubicon can make it with a good spotter and skilled driver, but at minimum, vehicles should be equipped with 33-inch tires and at least one locker, although 37s and two lockers makes a tremendous amount of difference.
During the climb, the moderately difficult trail will challenge drivers with technical obstacles that demand good lines. Drivers with a heavy throttle foot could potentially break an axle if not careful. The key here is finesse, and quality shocks to dampen the sometimes punishing (in a stock rig) terrain. Taking the eastern side of the loop is the more difficult approach, so those in stock vehicles should take the western route at the fork in the road. The way down can be just as challenging, so take your time and enjoy the trail and surrounding scenery.
We recently joined EVO Mfg, KMC wheels, and Nitto tires on a group run during Easter Jeep Safari 2016 and had a group composed of Jeeps ranging from bone stock to race-ready. Everyone had an enjoyable time and got a kick out of placing their rigs on the Top of the World overlook for a photo opp. Be aware that weather at the 7,000-foot elevation can change rapidly with strong winds or snow in the late and early parts of the year, as it did during our trip. We recommend wearing clothes in layers and be prepared for the worst with extra food and water, as the trail is in a fairly remote area.
The overlook offers plenty of parking and is a great place to have lunch. Expect to spend approximately four-five hours to do the whole trail if you are starting in Moab, as we did.