Moab Trail Pre­view: The Pickle

A jar­ring look at a tough trail

Jp Magazine - - Mtp: The Pickle - By Rick Péwé jped­i­[email protected]­ Pho­tog­ra­phy: Traci Clark and Rick Péwé

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.

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