Sunday, April 13th – Flat Iron Mesa in Reverse – Sparky’s Jeep & Red Ale’s Jeep ran this trail. The weather wasn’t very cooperative all day. We had a mixture of rain, sleet, hail, wind, thunder & lightening. The first obstacle was off camber, on the edge of a cliff that we had to maneuver around. We had a nasty rock crawl on another edge that was a challenge for all. The trail wrapped around the mesa overlooking Canyonlands National Park. We stopped for a short lunch due to the oncoming thunder storm and the cold and we all were anxious to get back into our Jeeps. As we headed out, our trail leader from the Red Rock 4-Wheelers, broke a front axle. We were about half way through the trail, the weather was being very uncooperative, the weather forced us to climb waterfalls literally on the slickrock. We ended the day at the car wash getting all the muck off of the Jeeps.
Monday, April 14th – Rose Garden Hill – Sparky’s Jeep, Red Ale’s Jeep & Air Tom’s Jeep. The weather was much more agreeable, a little cool, but nice. We started out crossing the same river at least two dozen times while making our way through a beautiful red rock canyon and valley and ended up at the base of Rose Garden Hill, the only real challenge of the day. We all made it up Rose Garden Hill with no issues, stopping at the top for lunch with a beautiful view. We ended the day by driving by the Top of the World trail, but our leader by-passed it. Our group made a stop by the Castle Creek Winery for some wine tasting before heading back to town.
Tuesday, April 15th – Fins & Things (ladies run to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation) – Sparky’s Jeep, Red Ale’s Jeep & Air Tom’s Jeep. Trail started out by mixing with the group leaving for the Hell’s Revenge trail and it was a cluster &*$! in the beginning. We felt this run was a little disorganized and not enough spotters in the places that needed them. Sparky & Red Ale had to get out to assist other drivers in more than one place. The trail traversed many steep obstacles on the sand stone slickrock. We encountered a disabled rig towards the end of the run and the Madhatters stopped to assist. They provided a hot dog lunch for all of us.
Wednesday, April 16th – Metal Masher – Sparky’s Jeep & Air Tom’s Jeep ran this trail – the weather had drastically improved. This trail began at the North end of town. It wrapped around traveling over many stair steps over the slickrock. There was a breakdown early in the run and they were forced to turn back. Our trail leader had us eat lunch in a different place due to winds on the ridge. But we were in a place that gave the extremes a places to play and us to watch. We climbed to the top of a canyon edge and we drove about 20′ from the edge and the view was beautiful. winding back down the mesa, our trail leader by passed Widow Maker Hill. We ended the trail by coming down several waterfall stair steps.
Thursday, April 17th – Golden Spike – Sparky’s Jeep, Red Ale’s Jeep & Air Tom’s Jeep – this trail had to start earlier in the morning due to the fact that it crossed Poison Spider Mesa trail, all of Golden Spike trail and part of Gold Bar Rim trail. We started running portions of the Poison Spider Mesa trail that switched backed and forth as we gained altitude through slice boxes and over waterfalls. We entered the slickrock of Golden Spike trail running on top of edgey places and off camber spots. The trail wound around to Nose Dive Hill which is a steep downgrade followed by Launching Pad which is a very steep upgrade. The trail was unforgiving more up and down. We wound our way around to the infamous Golden Crack where we all stopped and gathered to watch everybody drive through. At this point our group went from around 30 something to 20 something due to breakdowns. We made our way to Double Whammy, which most of us by-passed. There were stair steps and short vertical climbs ending with the Golden Staircase. All of us made it out with no issues. At this point we we done with Golden Spike trail and entering the last portion of Gold Bar Rim. It wound down to the bottom of the mesa, sand road. We met another HAM as our mid-gunner which gave us a historical and geological lesson which we all enjoyed over the HAM radio.