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Kane Creek Trail At Easter Jeep Safari 2018

Posted in Moab Experience: 2018 on March 29, 2018
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Photographers: Trenton McGee

When people talk about Moab they usually talk about the more iconic trails. Hell’s Revenge, Pritchett Canyon, Poison Spider Mesa, and Moab Rim tend to dominate people’s attention, but there are dozens of other trails in and around Moab that are just as worthy. One of them is Kane Creek, and it’s one of our favorites. Situated just a few miles outside town, Kane Creek chases a running creek up a canyon for several miles before branching off and climbing one of the steep canyon walls all the way to the top. There are over 40 water crossings, multiple challenging obstacles, and breathtaking scenery throughout.

This year we had the opportunity to run Kane Creek with the TransAmerican Marketing Group, parent company for powerhouse brands such as Smittybilt, Pro Comp, Rubicon Express, and many more. The group consisted of engineers and other team members from each of the brands, plus a variety of customers and other industry people. Starting bright and early, the sun was just starting to reach the bottom of the canyon as the group reached the trail. We made steady progress until reaching the squeeze rock, a tight spot that gave several people trouble but fortunately did not claim any sheetmetal. After completing most of the water crossings and a quick stop for lunch, the group began the challenging climb out of the canyon.

Hamburger Hill is the most difficult obstacle on the trail—a gnarly rock shelf perched near a sheer cliff on one side and the canyon wall on the other. There are several potential lines on Hamburger Hill depending on the wheelbase and size of the vehicle. After an impressive climb by the trail leader in a Super Duty truck, the remaining participants tried their hand on the obstacle one at a time. Many only got up with the aid of a strap, and there were more than a few close calls where people almost ended up shiny-side down. Clearing Hamburger Hill took some time, but once conquered, the group made good time back to the highway despite several more challenges and a bit more carnage. This most recent run up Kane Creek reinforced why it’s one of our favorites, and it should definitely be on your list of “must-do” trails when you visit Moab.

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