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2018 Easter Jeep Safari: Trail Report, The Pickle #EJS2018

Posted in Moab Experience: 2018 on April 2, 2018
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Photographers: Rick PéwéTraci Clark

The Easter Jeep Safari is a great way to enjoy the trails around Moab, Utah. But if you have a hankering to do your own thing with a friend or two, some of the lesser known trails can entertain a group for hours. Such is the Pickle Trail, just a bit north of Moab, and west of Highway 191 that runs north out of Moab. Rated at a 7, the trail starts in a mild-mannered canyon with a sandy bottom. Finally, a naked dry waterfall confronts the group and the fun begins. Lockers and 35s are required for the official runs, but lesser equipped rigs can still make it through. A straightforward approach to the multiple steps usually foils any attempt, even with rock stackers building a highway. But angle off to the right a bit and even a stock flatfender can scale the 15-foot cliff, if it’s driven with finesse and elegance. But a heavy-footed JK Wrangler can careen up as well, all to the delight of the crowd.

Further up the trail are some good little rock obstacles, and finally the last one is the Squeeze; it’s a bit of a rocky road that scales up to the narrow entrance. We’ve seen small Jeeps get wedged, yet also seen huge 6x6 Land Rovers make it through with a minimum of wood rash. Once on top and out of the canyon, it’s a quick dirt jaunt out to the highway and back to town. The Pickle is a quick trail for a handful of Jeeps, but count on a half-day excursion if you have 25 or so, or budget more time if your group has less experienced wheelers.

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