Easter Jeep Safari 2018 Steel Bender Trail ReportPosted in Moab Experience: 2018 on March 29, 2018
The Steel Bender trail rating can change from season to season due to weather, use, and trail repairs. Currently the rating is at 6; however, some of the obstacles can run a bit closer to a 7. The scenery is breathtaking, and some of the drop-offs will have you holding your breath until your Jeep is safe on level ground again. Our friends at Dynatrac invited us along on their 11th Annual Bunny Run. The trail selected this year was Steel Bender. The trail is one of the more popular ones around Moab, so be prepared to wait a while to proceed to the next challenge. Plan for a full day on the trail—plenty of drinking water and a mega-sized lunch are suggested.
The start of the trail drops down some switchbacks to the canyon floor, then crosses a section of private property, so please stay on the trail here. A fair portion of the Steel Bender trail is a gentle mixture of dirt and sand that winds its way through Mill Creek Canyon. You will have a couple of easy creek crossings to start the trail, and brush close to the trail is hard to avoid so some desert pinstriping may occur. From here the fun really begins; you will encounter an extended climb of ledges and slickrock. There are a few loops, bypasses, and alternate routes to get to the more challenging obstacles, but to truly experience all that Steel Bender has to offer we suggest following the signs and taking the entire route. The exit of Steel Bender is a bit tricky, as you cross a wider portion of the creek and have a steep climb out of the water. There are three options here, with the easiest being up and to the left. As the rocks gets wetter from more Jeeps exiting the creek, it becomes more challenging.