Trail Report: Mashed Potato #EJS2018
From the 2018 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, here's our trail report from Mashed Potato.
Easter Jeep Safari is an incredibly strong four-wheeling magnet that attracts thousands of metal objects to Moab, Utah. Those metal objects come in every shape and size, but they all have one thing in common, they are built to tackle the red rock terrain of southeastern Utah. Trails from extreme to scenic surround the Moab area, and you have your pick of dozens that begin just minutes from town.
We ran Mashed Potato trail as guests of Skyjacker, Trail Hero, and Rugged Ridge, and can give you a stone by stone assessment of the trail. This is actually a section of another trail called The Pickle. The Mashed Potato section is the first part of that linked trail system. It begins with a sandy dirt road leading up the layer-cake of geologic formations.
Once on top of that initial climb, the trail opens up into a twisting rope of paths through and over lumps of weathered sandstone that run in sizes from suitcase to Subaru. It is for these lumpy light-colored formations that this section of the trail is named. Very near the upward climb through this section is the Gravy Boat “bathtub.” This Jeep-deep natural bathtub-shaped hollow is about 15 feet long and curved slightly, making it an extremely challenging (wet or dry) playground, and a natural place to stop for lunch. After a few of the more capable machines dipped their toes in the muddy waters the Gravy Boat and all the rest had finished their lunches, our party of about 60 rigs headed back down the trail to Highway 191 and then south toward town.
We would give this trail a 5 on a 10 scale of difficulty. In our opinion, you will likely need at least a locker in the rearend, a couple inches of lift, no less than 33-inch tires, sliders, and good skidplating to get to the Gravy Boat unharmed, but it is definitely a trail worth the effort. The entire trail, including the lunch/play break, took about four hours from trailhead to trailhead. We were back in time for lunch at Milt’s, a place we think is one of the best (and busiest) burger and shake joints in Moab.