Top of the World Trail Easter Jeep Safari 2019

Top of the World Trail is a Jeep Badge of Honor Trail, you check in on the app on your phone and Jeep wills end you a badge that you can display on your jeep, I have made photos of each trail that I have done and the Badge of Honor trails I out the badge on the frame.

Day 1 of trails!  We chose Top of the World Trail, its rates a “6” in the Red Rock 4 wheelers, ESJ 2019 book.  I did this trail with jeep Jamboree in 2015.  At the time I had my Jeep Wrangler Sport with D30 Front and D44 rear axels with a limited slip in the rear.  AEV 2.5” lift with 35” tires.  Back then I thought it was a fairly easy trail.  We chose this trail for the iconic overlook of the valley below and hope to get a picture of our jeeps on the rock ledge overlook.

Along US 191 that goes through Moab, is where the trail meet up locations are.  Our meet up is that the intersection of US191 and Utah 128 at the Lions Park Parking lot.  Here we meet the group that will be doing the trail, get to chat with fellow Jeepers and its fun to see the far corners of the USA that people travel to come to EJS!  The group convoys up Utah 128 which follows the Colorado River.  It’s one of the most beautiful drives that I have ever done.  I have driven this road many times and I am always amazed doing it.  We stop at Dewey Bridge for final prep of sth Jeep s before the trail.  We air down our tires, those who need to manually disconnect their front sway bars so that, and get recovery gear is easy access in the event we need to get to it.  Having recovery and first aid gear early accessible is important as you don’t want spend excess time looking for it, when you need it NOW!

We have 5 1/2 miles of dirt road to get to the trail head.  The trail crosses a few streams, and we climb in elevation.  We have outstanding weather, cool in the morning and it will warm up in the afternoons.  Clear skies with no humidity.

The trail start out daily tame, but the changes as we get into the trail.  As I said in 2015 I felt that this was an easy trail, over the years with buggies, and Jeep with larger tires, the trail is getting “rutted” out.  Instead of taking time and looking at obstacles, more people are using the ”When in Doubt, Throttle Out” approach to these obstacles, which only damages the trails.  The guides on all the trails we did said that these trails are getting harder each year.

With Jeff wanting to get a Jeep and wanting to come on these adventures with us, I let him do most of the driving.  He’s a natural!  Following the spotters and taking the lines of the jeep in front of us, he did a great job!

There is split in the trail, either way gets you to the top.  We take the right fork, and it’s just a short way to the lookout and where we will be stoping for lunch.  The trail is taking longer than I thought, we have a large group and we need alot of time to get everyone through the obstacles.  

We make it to the overlook, unfortunately, we can’t get pictures of our Jeeps on the ledge, between safety and time, Red Rock 4 Wheelers made that decision.  Maybe next time.  Just because we cant our Jeeps out o fetch ledge, we all get outstanding phots of the valley below.

After lunch we make the loop back to the main trail and work our way back.  This is an “Out-and-back” trail, so its the same way in as out.  Doing the same obstacle from a different direction makes them just as challenging.  Jeff does an outstanding job and the this is just the push he needs to buy a Jeep!

Back down the main road to Dewey Bridge where we air up the tires to street PSI.  Back down Utah 128 is once again an epic drive.  We now found the valley we were overlooking, but from the bottom.  Back to the condo for grilled steak and potatoes.

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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