Moab Trail Preview: The Pickle
A jarring look at a tough trail
The Easter Jeep Safari is a great way to enjoy the trails around Moab, Utah. But if you
have a hankering to do your own thing with a friend or two, some of the lesserknown trails can entertain a group for hours. One such trail is The Pickle, just a bit north of Moab and west of Highway 191, which runs north out of Moab. Rated a 7, the trail starts in a mild-mannered canyon with a sandy bottom. Finally, a steep, dry waterfall confronts the group and the fun begins.
Lockers and 35s are required for the official runs, but lesser-equipped rigs can still make it through. A straightforward approach to the
multiple steps usually foils any attempt, even with rock stackers building a highway. But angle off to the right a bit, and even a stock flatfender can scale the 15-foot cliff— if it’s driven with finesse and elegance. A heavy-footed JK Wrangler can careen up it as well, all to the delight of the crowd.
Further up the trail are some good little rock obstacles, and finally, the last one is the Squeeze. It’s a bit of a rocky road that scales up to the narrow entrance. We’ve seen small Jeeps get wedged, but we’ve also seen larger vehicles make it through with minimal rock rash. Once on top and out of the canyon, it’s a quick dirt jaunt to the highway and back to town. The Pickle is a quick trail for a handful of Jeeps, but count on a half-day excursion if you have 25 or so, or budget more time if your group has wheelers with less experience.