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off road driving
11 days ago

Great scenery! Easy drive.

off road driving
15 days ago

Great trail would highly recommend!! About a mile or so before you reach the falls the trail splits you can either go right towards the falls or left up the mountain. Going left will take you up to the cell towers on the peak of the mountain. Views are amazing. Trail is pretty rocky and some big washed out ruts in a few areas make this difficult for any vehicle without some good clearance.

Awesome trail, little rough in the beginning. Smooth sailing afterwards.

off road driving
19 days ago

My family loved this way of getting to know Canyonlands NP. We did not have any trouble with our Subaru Outback. Really worth it, but I would be really hesitant to drive it if the weather is not forgiving

camping
27 days ago

Decently easy trail, but wouldn't recommend cars/crossovers take this. Helped a gentleman with a popped tire in his Lexus CUV. Has quite a bit of sharp rock areas and a few washed out dips but anything with ground clearance and decent sidewalls can make it. The falls are really pretty. Camping spots not far from falls, but it does get windy at night.

off road driving
1 month ago

This trail is definitely a must to check out one of the many lower canyons in the Moab area. Vertical rock climbing can be done at a small turn-out about midway through. The drive thru the fallen rock on the trail is awesome and not a problem with almost any off road 4x4, plenty of clearance. If you start at Deadhorse, it's downwards to the canyon bottom. From Potash road, it's flat then working upwards. Nice climb. Pretty smooth trail. Worth while...

off road driving
1 month ago

Who is the jeep and start off our day on this trail I had a great time! Great views and easy 4 x 4 driving

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! A good portion of the trail goes through a very narrow canyon with vertical rock walls on both sides, and it was absolutely gorgeous. There are tons of unique trees growing along the trail, so you will surely see something you’ve never seen before. The view from the top is spectacular, and the hike to get up there is not terribly difficult. Definitely a great hike!

1 month ago

Not a fun off-road trail/road, but destination is awesome! Road is just bumpy and rocky and dusty. Trail 1-2 stars, destination 5

off road driving
2 months ago

The first 2.5 miles are a little rough, then the last 3 are nice and smooth. Made it threw without 4wd most of the trail in a stock 4Runner. Fun trail with awesome views, even saw a double rainbow!

off road driving
2 months ago

Very cool trail to start with when visiting Moab.

off road driving
2 months ago

We went to visit Canyonlands and stopped at the visitors center because I was interested in some off road trails. The ranger suggested this trail, I have a stock 2010 4Runner, I would recommend a high clearance vehicle even though I can only remember maybe 3-4 spots that required good tire placement to keep your vehicle from bottoming out. Even though all the over looks in the park where awesome, nothing matched up to driving this trail. Family friendly (will be bumpy), took about 2 hours but you’ll want to give yourself more because your going to be stopping a lot. I would consider this an off the grid type trail so be prepared for anything.

off road driving
2 months ago

If you really want to see Canyonlands and have a high clearance vehicle I definitely recommend this trail. Went with my girlfriend in my pro4x frontier. I want to make it clear I have no experience off road driving. I wanted an intro trail that I wouldn’t have to be rock crawling on or doing something that would potentially be harmful to my truck (I’m 2,300 miles from home). This trail was perfect. There are many conflicting reviews but if you want an amazing experience and can handle a little adrenaline, do not pass this up. I drove the Beartooth Highway a week ago and this trail ranks up there with it as one of the top highlights of our trip. There are a few rocky parts where my 9” ground clearance def helped but we also passed an old couple in a sedan coming up past the bad parts. Make sure you ask the ranger if there have been any washouts. No permit needed. Enjoy

Just an amazing ride. Road was in pretty good condition and hardly any rocks with drop offs on the road. Scenery galore and drive under the rock is one of a kind. A lot steeper than I thought it would be.

off road driving
2 months ago

The road to the whale is doable, but don't continue north unless you have a vehicle equipped for rock climbing. The signage on each end is terribly inadequate and needs to be fixed to reflect the conditions of the road. I had to be pulled out by a wrecker at the very north end of the trail near Salt Valley road when the steps got too high to clear.

This is not just a 4x4 trail and I needed to throw out a warning before someone else gets in over their head.

off road driving
3 months ago

Drove this trail yesterday in an almost stock Wrangler JKU. It’s a very scenic trail, easy in a Jeep, though We did see a 1980’s Chevy van running it as well. The GPS co-ords are wrong for the start of the trail. You need to go to the end of 279 to start.

off road driving
3 months ago

This is just a dirt road not really a trail, this can be done by a stock sedan. Very wide and smooth, the views were good.

off road driving
3 months ago

A hidden gym with stunning scenery. The posted 5 mile journey can be made much longer by taking alternate trails up to altitude.

off road driving
3 months ago

This trail was amazing, long and scenic. I went June and water was our lifesaver. Bring a lot and be prepared for some bumpy patches. Not recommended for beginners but you can do it.

off road driving
3 months ago

We did this as a first off road trip in a stock JK with BF Goodrich MT, No problem at all and I am not a super experienced off road driver. I highly recommend this trip

off road driving
3 months ago

This trail is a relatively easy off-road drive. The last bit is a tiny bit technical with several tight switchbacks up a cliff face. The views are spectacular.

3 months ago

Incredible trail. Don’t miss it. Drove in FJCruiser, 33” MTs and no problem. There some very high cliffs and steep grades. Watch for the random rocks and dips in an otherwise issue-free trail. It’s in far better shape than the washboard filled trail I remember from 25 years ago.

This time (aug 2018) stayed at Murphy’s B for a night. 1/2 way through the trail and perched atop a plateau. Windy night in our hammocks but wouldn’t have changed a thing. The drive up and down are not for sissies. Hardscrabble and Lathrop Canyon also have their steep spots. 4wd and clearance / AT/MT tires are a must.

Love this trail! The views are AMAZING!

4 months ago

Did the trail from Potash to Canyonland today, 7-25-18, and it was amazing. We drove a stock JK and had no problems at all. Be ready for the last few miles straight up a 1000 foot wall of rock before you get to the main road in Canyonland.

on Shafer Trail

off road driving
4 months ago

7/7/18
WOW! We timed it for sunrise. Great road, a few tricky parts (in a Subaru anyway) but overall a great drive. Some of the most amazing sights I've seen in my life. I'm definitely returning to Moab to see what it has to offer :)

One of my favorite places on Earth. The waterfall looks like a fantasy scene dropped into the desert. 4x4 high-clearance is best, but we did get a Subaru Forester in after grinding both bumpers. Good all terrain or off-road tires needed. Some try to hike it, but that's 11+ miles and extremely hot on a road where you'll constantly be dirt-blasted by passing vehicles.

off road driving
4 months ago

did this today in my stock nissan frontier. fantastic trail with amazing scenery. must do!

off road driving
4 months ago

Did this trail counter clockwise in three days in mid July. It was expectedly hot 100-120 degrees with almost no shade. We stayed at potato bottom A the first night. This is a beautiful spot on the river (a lot of mosquitos). Then took our time down to Murphy A. This is a must! By far the coolest campsite I have ever stayed at. (Make sure to stay at A not B or C) then went to airport A. This is a rather plain site. No shade or shelter. Beautiful view of airport tower though. We then went down Lathrope to the river and spent the day there. Overall and incredible trail. Pretty easy, some difficult spots. We then drove to Moab down the potash trail, worth it. I would recommend some off-road tires and to air down, at least in the sandy spots if you want to slow down. We did it in a 2017 Tacoma with a 2 inch lift and wrangler duratrac tires.

off road driving
5 months ago

7/5/2018. Amazing drive. Started at top of Shafer trail to Potash Rd. Some spots after decent into canyon were rocky, sandy and or steep. Conditions were very dry. Took about 1.5-2hrs. Did trail in a stock GX460 with g**dyear duratracs.

Note on trail rating/descriptions. There appears to be two for this area. One says easy and other medium and they blend together in reviews.

off road driving
5 months ago

Nice little jaunt. Relaxing, ran it in my bone stock 1996 Jeep Cherokee. Looped Moab to Gemini Bridges to 313 to the trail head and back to Moab.
Used 4low so i could just idle down the hill. That was the only time I engaged the 4wd system. Lots of photo ops. Could a car do it? I would not have taken my Corolla on that road. Up and down the hill, yes but not the rest of the trail, there are a few spots that having 9" of ground clearance came in handy.

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