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babysvt 06-06-2013 10:05 AM

First Time to Moab - Elephant Hill? Need advice/suggestions
 
I am putting together a trip itinerary for our upcoming trip to Moab at the end of August. I have a friend who suggested that when we are down in Moab we absolutely have to go to Elephant Hill. I have been trying to research it and make sure this is something we want to do and can do but I need some advice from those who have been there. I have a 2012 Sahara Unlimited that is bone stock. We plan on upgrading our tires before we go but other than that we will not have any mods. We have considered getting a winch but we are still debating.

During my research, I came across something that said that JK's are not allowed in the narrow of Elephant Hill because they don't fit. Can someone please confirm this? We really don't want to find ourselves in a bad situation.

Also, if there are any trails you would highly recommend, I would love to hear them. We will be arriving in Canyonlands on August 24th and be staying until August 29th. Looking for tips from you guys because you are the most familiar with the area and what NOT to do. We plan on going to Canyonlands, Arches and Zion. We live up in Washington State on the east side of the state so we have completely different weather and driving conditions the in the Utah area. We just want to make sure we have a fabulous and safe time!

As a side note, we have not done a ton of off-roading so we don't want to get too crazy but are willing to try just about anything once.

Jeffro06 06-06-2013 10:11 AM

It looks like it gets a tad bit tight....for bigger rigs.

http://www.4x4wire.com/trail/report/...nthill/eh1.jpg

We didn't make it to Elephant Hill while we were there....maybe next time. I did wonder about the 84" axle width on the TJ that was with me and if it'd make it.

I've seen vids on YouTube of JK's, on 40's going through that gap.

babysvt 06-06-2013 10:25 AM

I love that picture! Makes it look easy for my JK!!! I will have to show this to the husband! Thanks for the response.

Jeffro06 06-06-2013 10:29 AM


Check out 1:50 or so.

85IrocZ-28 06-06-2013 10:34 AM

You will be just fine on elephant hill, it is a great trail with unique scenary. Some of the JK's in that video are running D60's IIRC. It will be tight in that section of the trail, but it is doable.

Moab_cj5 06-06-2013 11:30 AM

I rented a 2 door JK last year and ran Elephant Hill in it. No problem at all. You will love that trail! Look at Gemini Bridges, Top of the World, Long Canyon, and Shafer trail for fun trails that have awesome scenery.

team1k 06-06-2013 01:08 PM

Ya elephant shouldn't be rated difficult. It's a snoozer for sure. Only weird thing is backing up on the hill for one section and some people back through a narrow section with a boulder near the end. You will be fine!

sanctified 06-07-2013 01:50 PM

I was down last weekend and we did Onion Creek. Its not wheeling since its a decent dirt road but I thought it was awesome. The road crosses the creek at least a dozen times and when you get up on top it opens up into a valley that is super awesome. Since your in a new JK I'm not sure home much hard wheeling you will want to do but this is a nice ride up the canyon with great scenery. Its going to be really hot so it might be nice to take lunch up and eat while playing in the water for a minute. It is going to be a regular trail for me when I go down because of how pretty it is.

As far as elephant hill, I wanted to go on it but its pretty far out of town and I didn't want to drive that far for just the trail. We did it when I was a kid in a stock grand wagoneer and only scrapped a little.

This is where we stopped for lunch on onion creek The truck is mine, we did it on the way out of town and I was flat towing my CJ7.

babysvt 06-07-2013 03:38 PM

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Originally Posted by sanctified (Post 15532084)
I was down last weekend and we did Onion Creek. Its not wheeling since its a decent dirt road but I thought it was awesome. The road crosses the creek at least a dozen times and when you get up on top it opens up into a valley that is super awesome. Since your in a new JK I'm not sure home much hard wheeling you will want to do but this is a nice ride up the canyon with great scenery. Its going to be really hot so it might be nice to take lunch up and eat while playing in the water for a minute. It is going to be a regular trail for me when I go down because of how pretty it is.

As far as elephant hill, I wanted to go on it but its pretty far out of town and I didn't want to drive that far for just the trail. We did it when I was a kid in a stock grand wagoneer and only scrapped a little.

This is where we stopped for lunch on onion creek The truck is mine, we did it on the way out of town and I was flat towing my CJ7.

Thanks so much for this great idea. I will have to add it to my list. I love to drive through any kind of water or mud and you are right that it would be great because it will be hot. I am not opposed to taking my Jeep places because it is new. I love to have fun with it offroading. In fact, the first time out I lost a headlight, my horn and the hood liner. I guess that is the price you pay for running in puddles all day!

We have heard of so many great trails that we are having a hard time deciding.

Jeffro06 06-07-2013 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by babysvt (Post 15532559)
Thanks so much for this great idea. I will have to add it to my list. I love to drive through any kind of water or mud and you are right that it would be great because it will be hot. I am not opposed to taking my Jeep places because it is new. I love to have fun with it offroading. In fact, the first time out I lost a headlight, my horn and the hood liner. I guess that is the price you pay for running in puddles all day!

We have heard of so many great trails that we are having a hard time deciding.

If you go out to do Onion Creek make sure you hit Dome Plateau or Top of The World, since they are both out that way....and 30 miles from Moab.

Onion Creek is considered an easy trail.
Dome Plateau is considered a moderate trail.
Top of The World is considered a difficult trail, but totally doable in stock form.

Top of the World and Dome Plateau are right across the street from each other. If you Did Dome first, then TOTW, you'd probably have time for Onion after those, so long as you got started by 8 or 9am.

sanctified 06-09-2013 12:42 AM

Yeah I wouldn't necessarily call Onion a trail but I just loved driving through the canyon to have it open up into a valley on top. View from on top. I will have to keep a mental note about Dome and Top of the World. My buddy knows the area really well and I just followed him around the whole time but will ask about making a day trip and hitting all three on our next excursion. What # would you give to Dome and TOTW?

Jeffro06 06-09-2013 12:01 PM

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Originally Posted by sanctified (Post 15537583)
What # would you give to Dome and TOTW?

Numbers are so subjective, as are easy, moderate and difficult ratings found in the Moab guide book.

Dome is rated as Moderate....but it's actually very easy. There's and alternate section that I'd call moderate, but it's totally avoidable.

Top of the World is rated as Difficult....but it's totally doable in a stock Jeep. It's got a few ledges and is quite bumpy with small shelf ledges/steps most of the way. The view from the top is awesome.

babysvt 06-10-2013 12:55 PM

Thank you so very much for the information and suggestions. I am getting so excited to get out there and have some fun!!


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