^Good info from Brian. I'll add my own thoughts:
- Amazing trail, my wife wants to drive this trail on our next trip, one of her fave's
Top of the World
- Long Drive, Long and bumpy Trail, amazing overlook
- ? I haven't ever run it
Fins & Things
- Perfect trail for a first Visit to Moab, you will really enjoy it
- ? Looks fun, I haven't run it but really want to. Very long, don't go alone
- About an hour drive from Moab. Gas up beforehand, don't go alone.
- We ran the first half of it this month. It was fun, but I have no clue what the second half looks like (too much breakage, we exited the trail)
Kane Creek Canyon
- Don't run it unless you don't mind scratched paint
- Don't run it, hardest trail I have ever run to date. The book was written right after some major obstacles were back filled. I had to take a winch to get out of a major bind, and I broke a front Ring and Pinion on this trail. I don't recommend this trail for a rig unless you are lifted and well built. We stacked rocks like crazy to help another WJ on this trail (4 inches and 32's), but I needed to stack rocks three separate times for my own rig.
- Iconic Moab Trail, a must do. There are a few spots that you will need a spotter, but I ran this trail with a stock JKU in 2011
Rose Garden Hill
- Don't run it. Onion Creek is a fun trail (many river crossings, but basically a dirt road) as it leads up to Rose Garden Hill. I hit my sliders and skid plates on two ledges, and it would have really helped to have lockers. I thought I was going to need a pull to get up one of the ledges. Other than a 300 yard section for which the trail is named, it was a boring trail IMO
Poison Spider Mesa
- Very fun trail, one of the most popular. You can run it, you may need a spotter in a few places but you will enjoy the trail.
Flat Iron Mesa
- ? I haven't run this trail yet
- Don't run it, I don't think you will have the clearance for some of the obstacles.
Gold Bar Rim
- You may be able to run this trail, but I haven't ever run it in from the North. It has a few challenging ledges
- Don't run it. We got a stock JKU through the trail because he really wanted to join us. However, he didn't have any paint left on the bottom of the jeep. He severely tested his skids that day.
- I am not sure if you could make the steps on the Z-turn without a larger lift and tires. This is the toughest trail mentally that I have run. It is off camber, you often feel like you are going to roll sideways, fall off a cliff, and land in the river.
- Don't run it. You need a larger lift and tires to avoid body damage. To do this trail, you run 3/4 of poison spider, Golden Spike, out Gold Bar Rim, and exit back to the higway on Gemini Bridges. It is an all day trail (8am-7pm usually) when you are moving pretty quickly. Never do this trail alone. Many obstacles can provide opportunities to break or damage the vehicle. That said, I really enjoy Golden Spike.
Behind the Rocks
- ? I haven't run it, and don't plan on it. I don't think your rig is built enough for it.
- ? Don't run it. This trail is another very difficult trail. I would recommend at least 35's, 4+ inches of lift, and lockers. I have never run it, but have reviewed many trail reports that have convinced me that I don't need to run this trail. Don't go alone, this trail also has many reports of broken parts.
Other things to think about
Have a compressor to air the tires back up for the trails that require a substantial drive back to Moab (Lockhart Basin, Elephant Hill, Top of the World)
Never wheel alone, go with another rig. If you get lost or break down, you need to have help. The desert climate is not very forgiving. If you are travelling alone, you can often find groups to wheel with by hanging out at City Market in the mornings.
Things that I always take with me on the trail:
Clothes to wear if I need to fix stuff
Compressor to fill tires
Tire Gauge and quick air down tools
A full size spare
Spare fluids (something to absorb other fluids, something to plug holes in pans and covers)
Tons of Water
Extra food in case we get stranded
A tarp to create shade
A blanket in case you are stranded overnight
My Charles Wells book
A friend in another vehicle
Trails I would recommend for sure: Fins and Things, Hells Revenge, Poison Spider, Seven Mile Rim
They are all very cool trails, great views, iconic Moab wheeling, and they should all be doable. Don't rush yourself. Take the trails slow and don't be afraid to use a spotter. Nothing ruins a trip like major damage.