Where Eagles Dare/Rusty Nail
A large group of 14 rigs met at the City Market on Saturday morning to run Where Eagles Dare. This was a Red Rock 4 Wheelers trail day and the we be jeepin group decided to tag along for this fun trail, led by Dan Mick.
The Where Eagles Dare trail turns off of Golden Spike trail and isn’t very long but the views and slickrock driving is impressive and a little intimidating. We began at the Poison Spider trailhead and started our way up.
Up to the Waterfall feature, everyone made it, no trouble….
Next, we were quickly over to the Wedgie obstacle and again, no problem for the group. Looks like Moab Rush Hour!
We got up on the Mesa and stopped to pose our rigs for a group photo…
The group continued on to the Golden Spike turn-off. An impressive slickrock climb, called the Launching Pad was a first time for guest Bill and family.
This is a shot of the 3 Samurais just before reaching “Zuki” hill. They don’t look too nervous.
Here’s a shot of Jeff trying out Zuki hill. BE CAREFUL!
Leaving Golden Spike trail, the group heads over to Where Eagles Dare. This slippery slickrock dome is called Where Eagles Dare. Most took the Dare and all lived to tell the tale.
Lunchtime. Not a very scenic spot but we were hungry. Just kidding….it’s freakin gorgeous! Looking down you can see the Colorado, the railroad track, and Corona arch, even some hikers. Beautiful….beautiful.
After lunch, it was time for a trip up Phobia Hil. This is another slickrock dome that lets you wind your way to the top. Shortly after this obstacle, the group split in two. Some decided to go back down Poison Spider route while others decided to continue onto Golden Spike, come down Rusty Nail, and then out Gold Bar to Geminii bridges. This is a longer route but full of really fun obstacles. Rusty Nail is one of my favorites!
First though, everyone wanted to have a pose or two crossing the Golden Crack….
After the Crack, we turned off the Golden Spike trail and onto the Rusty Nail trail. The first section of this trail feels tippy with the tip and sometimes a little slip bringing you close to the cliff…..this feeling gets some to cling to the rock wall to the left….Larry demonstrated this the best but I missed his photo so got Dar instead.
Now the group is working its way through No Left Turn. This obstacle when you’re going up is pretty obvious that you wouldn’t want to turn left or even go straight as the cliff’s right there. Going down the trail as we were, it should be called No Right Turn.
Lucy’s wondering what in the world’s gotten into us? She did take some good photos though!
Next we get to drop off an off-camber series of ledges.
The TJ’s got to bump their nose and tails a little…..or a lot.
Here’s the last obstacle, or if you’re going up it would be the first obstacle. After this we hightailed it back to Hwy 191 by Geminii Bridges Road. Jim was late for church….sorry Jim. At least we were out in the daylight and there were no casualties…..
What a great trail!!