3D, The Pickle Version

 

This trail begins in a narrow wash that is full of obstacles. It emerges from this wash to tour the colorful Hidden Canyon northwest of Moab before climbing out to explore an exposed section of the Entrada rock formation named the Moab Tongue. It then connects to the 3D Trail to tackle the major obstacles of that trail. It then departs from the 3D Trail to tackle a thrilling descent of a rocky hill with a sharp ledge that is guaranteed to test a few skidplates.

In an effort to keep this trip enjoyable vehicles are required to have two locking differentials and tow rings or hooks on both ends.

 

Scenery

Unlike the Moab Valley with its sheer Wingate Sandstone cliffs, this trail visits canyons that are less than a hundred feet deep in the smooth red and white layers of Entrada Sandstone. The slickrock area is made up of the white layer that tops the Entrada called the Moab Tongue. Locals often refer to this layer as “Biscuit Rock” due to its look as it erodes. Vistas are the Book Cliffs to the north, the La Sal Mountains to the southeast, and occasional sightings of the Blue Mountains (Abajos) and the Henry Mountains toward the south and southwest.

 

Road Surface

 

There are some rocky road sections, some two track trail sections, a sandy and possibly wet wash bottom, some really bumpy slickrock sections, and a rocky hill with a tall ledge.

 

Obstacles

 

This trip starts up a sandy wash bottom to traverse a little jaunt known as the Pickle. The obstacles start with the Dill Pickle that just hates the shorter wheelbases. A winch may be employed here a few times. Next up is a narrow pasage that opens up to the Pickle Slicer. Body damage is quite possible at this obstacle. Once past this a couple smaller obstacles keep the drivers alert until finally the Jalapeno Pickle will combine a climbing challenge with a sneaky thrust at the right front fender.

Departing the Pickle begins colorful Hidden Canyon and its sandy roadbed. Once through this area a side trail is used to get to the Mashed Potatoes section. There are unending small little mounds to climb or twist around, and the Gravy Boat offers a chance for some to play. After Mashed Potatoes is left behind, the Wall and Mean Hill on the 3D Trail are encountered.

Finally, after departing from the 3D section, I Drill Hill is soon reached. It is a steep, rock strewn hill with a sharp ledge in the middle that must be descended. If there is enough time the leader may offer the opportunity to attempt a climb of this hill.