Kane Creek

Miles of fun and tough ter­rain

Jp Magazine - - Table Of Contents - By Tren­ton McGee jped­i­[email protected]­magazine.com Pho­tog­ra­phy: Tren­ton McGee

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.

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