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MOTORIZED HAPPENINGS June 2021

PSI Matters

When it comes to hitting off-road trails in Moab, there are two types of off-roaders. Ones who want to go there, and ones who want to go back. We’re going to list a few of our favorite trails and tell you what tire pressure we recommend running on them.

Hell’s Revenge is the quintessential Moab trail. It has sandpaper traction, pucker-inducing ledges, beautiful scenery, and challenging obstacles. The fact that most of those obstacles, such as Hell’s Gate, the Escalator, and Mickey’s Hot Tub are options, make this trail a great choice for a variety of vehicles and skill levels. Plus, it is super close to town at the Sand Flats Recreation Area (there is a fee, but it is modest) and the entire trail can be run in a couple of hours. It’s the first trail we hit any time we arrive at Moab. We recommend running 14 psi for this trail to increase traction without taking too long to air down or air back up at the end of the trail.

Moab is basically split into four quadrants, with the Colorado River running east-west and Highway 191 running north-south through town. The northeast quadrant is encompassed by Arches National Park, which is definitely worth a visit for its breathtaking scenery and unique geologic formations.

The northwest quadrant contains famous trails including Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, Rusty Nail, and Poison Spider Mesa, along with the more mellow Long Canyon and Gemini Bridges. For these trails drop your air to 12 psi to smooth out the ride between the obstacles. The hardest trails in Moab can be found on the southwest side of town, and include Moab Rim, Cliffhanger, Behind the Rocks, and Pritchett Canyon. We typically save Pritchett Canyon for last because it is the most difficult trail in the area and most likely to result in broken parts that can end your vacation. The road out of Pritchett is also long and bumpy, so if you don’t have a well-tuned suspension with coilovers you might want to turn around at the Rock Pile and head back out the way you came in. You’ll want to get your air down to 8 psi for these trails to maximize traction on the steep obstacles. At these low tire pressures, the security provided by Method Race Wheels’ bead lock technology will ensure your trail ride isn’t spoiled by a tire coming off the wheel.

If those trails intimidate you don’t fear, White Rim, Chicken Corners, and Lockhart Canyon are also in this quadrant. You can set your air pressure to 16 psi allow your tires to soak up the small rocks commonly found on these trails. The La Sal Mountains are to the southeast of Moab, and between town and the mountain range lie Hell’s Revenge, Fins N Things, Porcupine Rim, and Steel Bender. Definitely use 14 psi for these trails to maximize traction on the slickrock.

For more detailed Moab travel information and recommended equipment visit www.methodracewheels.com


Responsible Recreation
Red Rock 4-Wheelers, Inc.
www.rr4w.com
435-259-ROCK

Each year we lose a few more roads/trails. Closed to us forever! It’s a horrible thought, but reality! Take a minute and think about what it would mean to you to have your favorite trail closed. One of the best ways to fight this is to practice responsible
4-wheeling.

Stay on the trail. Don’t be tempted to try a new route or obstacle. Someone will follow your tracks and soon we’ll have another unauthorized road. Go over the bumps and mud, not around them. That’s what 4-wheeling is all about.

Pack out what you pack in. If you see litter on the trail, pick it up and take it out with you. Most of all, take care of and respect this land that we love to play on.

Responsible 4-Wheeling will make a difference. Please join with the Red Rock 4-Wheelers and practice responsible
4-wheeling every day. Let’s show them that we care.

 
www.treadlightly.org sharetrails.org

 


 
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