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2006 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Trail Ratings

Moab Jeep Safari Trails Difficulty Ratings

Moab Offroad Trails Guide and Difficulty Rankings
Credit - Red Rock 4-Wheelers
Trails are rated for difficulty in order to help you enjoy your visit. Ratings are not meant to be a challenge. We know you may be able to out-do the system on a good day, but in a crowd of about 50 vehicles, we hope everyone will be equipped to deal with the obstacles. For your convenience, we have included another Moab Trail page, our Moab Easter Jeep Safari Trails Quick Reference.

The Moab Trails Rating System

Years ago we started a difficulty rating system with numbers 1 through 4. It evolved to add 4+ for the hardest trails and to add finer gradations (1/2) when we couldn't decide which number applied. The heavily used trails are becoming more difficult, and aftermarket equipment that improves vehicle performance is becoming more common. We recently added a "5" rating for trails that often require five-wheel-drive (+winch). We have a team to review and revise our ratings every year. Keep these points in mind:

  • No system can accurately compare trails for all vehicles in any weather. We assign numbers based on the experiences of our trail leaders driving (and observing others driving) the various trails. Still, we have trails that are only moderately difficult for short wheelbase vehicles but are almost impassable to pickups, while some of our most difficult hills (e.g., White Knuckle, Double Whammy) are easier for long wheelbase than for short wheelbase.
  • Rain changes sand from difficult to easy, but changes clay from easy to impassable. Sandstone "slickrock" gives good traction when first wet, but after it is tracked with sand, it can be like driving on tiny ball bearings.
  • The rating number is based on the MOST DIFFICULT obstacle. DO NOT EXPECT OBSTACLES OF THAT LEVEL ALL DAY. The rating is not meant to be a challenge, but is often a warning about one or more difficult places on an otherwise easier, scenic ride. READ THE TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC DIFFICULTY INFORMATION for vehicles that may be long, wide or having owner concern about the paint.
  • Trail leaders often calibrate their rating that should be attempted by a stock 4X4 on Moab Easter Jeep Safari runs. There seems to be a trend, however in many of the new Sport Utility Vehicle designs to make them longer, wider, taller, but closer to the ground. If you have one of those, be especially conscious of difficulty ratings and trail descriptions so that you don't find yourself high-centered or, worse yet, creasing the beautiful flowing lines of your new SUV.
  • Finally, we have no way to factor in driver recklessness, and we are often amazed at what some drivers can do -- if they intend to tow their vehicles home.
Guidelines for our Moab Easter Jeep Safari Trails difficulty ratings are as follows:
Moab offroad trails difficulty level 2
(The lowest rating we are using) Unimproved or seldom graded roads. 4WD or extra clearance needed at times, with no special driving skills required.
Moab offroad trails difficulty level 2.5
Roads rarely bladed. 4WD, good clearance, and low gears often needed, with some extra care and a bit of driving experience useful.
Moab offroad trails difficulty level 3
Roads in difficult terrain; expect some erosion damage, repaired barely enough for passage. 4WD, good clearance, and low gears essential.
Moab offroad trails difficulty level 3.5
Roads in difficult terrain; expect to drag front, rear, or middle occasionally. Excellent stock truck or utility vehicle required, with considerable driving skill needed.
Moab offroad trails difficulty level 3.5 plus
We couldn't decide! Not quite a "4" but too much challenge for many stock vehicles.
Moab offroad trails difficulty level 4
Roads in difficult terrain with considerable erosion damage that is repaired only enough to get well equipped vehicles through. Modifications for improved off-highway performance and top driving skills needed.
Moab offroad trails difficulty level 4.5
Like above, but more so. Low gears, tall tires, and limber suspensions required, with limited-slip or locking differentials strongly recommended. It is common to have as many as 10% of the vehicles experience major mechanical failures (gears, axles, driveshafts) on these trails.
Moab offroad trails difficulty level 5
Locking differentials and tow hooks, front and rear, necessary. Winch urgently recommended unless you have a really good buddy who is sure to be in position to help you with his winch.
Please choose your trail wisely, with honest appraisal of your equipment and experience in this terrain. We urge you to err on the "easy" side during the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Feel free to stress your rig to the breaking point any other time of the year, bit it is a real nuisance to have an under-equipped outfit blocking a large group.
Now that the rating system is explained, let's move on to what you're here for, the: Moab Easter Jeep Safari Trail Descriptions.
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