Miles of fun and tough terrain
When people talk about Moab, they usually talk about the “big name” trails. Hell’s
Revenge, Pritchett Canyon, Poison
Spider Mesa, and Moab Rim tend to dominate the conversation, 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 of 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 about 40 water crossings, multiple challenging obstacles, and breathtaking scenery throughout.
We had the opportunity to begin
Kane Creek 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 it 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 from the canyon f loor, 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 in which 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.