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2017 Easter Jeep Safari Day 4: Behind The Rocks Trail Report

Posted in Moab Experience: 2017 on April 12, 2017
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Photographers: Trenton McGee

Day 4 of the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari proved to be another beautiful day in Moab, Utah, and picture perfect weather for a trail ride. Lucky for us, Warn Industries organized a run on Behind the Rocks, one of the better known trails in Moab. Located a few miles south of town, Behind the Rocks is rated a 5 by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers, which is smack dab in the middle of their 1-10 rating system. While it’s a moderate trail, there are plenty of opportunities for built rigs to have some fun, as there are several optional obstacles that have quite a bit of pucker factor. Overall, Behind the Rocks is a great trail for a mixed group…from mild to wild, there’s something for everyone.

About 40 vehicles from the off-road industry and Warn customers tackled almost everything that Behind the Rocks has to offer. The Warn folks chose to run an optional entrance to the trail that included a steep stairstep climb that proved challenging to both long and short wheelbase vehicles alike. A couple of vehicles even needed the assistance of Warn winches to make the climb, which offers plenty of pucker factor for those driving vehicles without lockers. There was a refreshing mix of vehicles on the trail, ranging from older Jeep CJs to fullsize trucks in addition to the usual selection of JKs. The optional climb at the entrance put the group a little behind schedule, but they still managed to make High Dive and Up Chuck, a pair of optional obstacles that consist of a gnarly downhill with a 3-foot off-camber drop at the bottom into a wash, followed almost immediately by a V-notch climb. The majority of the group opted out of High Dive, which had a go-around that was still fairly challenging, but everyone had to go make the climb up Up Chuck. The group made it to Elephant Rock for a photo op, but unfortunately ran out of time to make it over to White Knuckle, the signature obstacle on the trail that is challenging to even the most built buggies. Check out the pictures for all the highlights, and special thanks to Warn for letting us tag along!

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