Cliff Hanger

Moab, Utah

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The thing you’ll remember most about this trail is not the incredible scenery, but a 4-foot high ledge across a narrow shelf road perched high on sheer canyon walls. Although just one obstacle of many, this one will get your undivided attention. I’ve added one short side trip that offers a near aerial view of the beginning of Poison Spider Mesa. Remember to pack your binoculars. This is a popular biking trail so use appropriate caution and courtesy. Pull over and let bikers pass if they approach you from behind. On a trail like this, they will often make better time than you. The trail starts downhill, crosses Kane Creek, then climbs rapidly up a very rocky, steep grade. Kane Creek can rise quickly after a heavy rain. Obstacles are tall, challenging, and frequent. The second half of the trail smooths out but not before crossing a challenging narrow road on a shelf about 400 feet high. This trail is not suitable for stock vehicles. Extra-high ground clearance and lockers are recommended. The trail is fairly obvious most of the way with the exception of a couple of short stretches of slickrock. Spur roads are limited making routefinding fairly easy.
Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

The thing you’ll remember most about this trail is not the incredible scenery, but a 4-foot high ledge across a narrow shelf road perched high on sheer canyon walls. Although just one obstacle of many, this one will get your undivided attention. I’ve added one short side trip that offers a near aerial view of the beginning of Poison Spider Mesa. Remember to pack your binoculars. This is a popular biking trail so use appropriate caution and courtesy. Pull over and let bikers pass if they approach you from behind. On a trail like this, they will often make better time than you.

The trail starts downhill, crosses Kane Creek, then climbs rapidly up a very rocky, steep grade. Kane Creek can rise quickly after a heavy rain. Obstacles are tall, challenging, and frequent. The second half of the trail smooths out but not before crossing a challenging narrow road on a shelf about 400 feet high. This trail is not suitable for stock vehicles. Extra-high ground clearance and lockers are recommended. The trail is fairly obvious most of the way with the exception of a couple of short stretches of slickrock. Spur roads are limited making routefinding fairly easy.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 6.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Maps: USGS Moab, Gold Bar Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Cliff Hanger

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