Copper Ridge/Tower Arch Easter Jeep Safari 2019

Day 2 of Trails

During our December planning meeting we had, we chose to do some trips outside the Red Rock 4 Wheelers EJS events.  We wanted to go at our own pace and not be in a large group.  We didn’t know it at the time, but Copper Ridge is a trail that is part of EJS event.  We were studying maps and found these trails.  I created routes in Gaia GPS app, and we went out and did them.  Between the ridge and US 191 there is a huge network of roads, so I do not know if we were always on the official copper ridge trail, but we have a great route planed.  Red Rock 4 Wheelers has rated Copper Ridge trail as a “4”.  

The trail starts out North of Moab on the East side of US 191.  We had to pass through a rangers gate, its policy to make sure that the gate is secured behind so no livestock can escape.  Here we aired down and disconnected our front sway bars, and put the Jeeps into low range.  Jeff once again did most of the driving, he’s a fast learner, I cant wait for him to join us with his own Jeep.

The most technical section of road was a downhill “S” turn.  This was fun!  With Greg and Chris spotting, they got all of us down with no problem.  

Next we come to a section of Slick Rock where a sign is posted.  We are to stay within the trail because living in the puddle are Tadpole shrimp.  Since it is early in the season, the typical tire tracks that you see in most of the Moab trail have not been formed from all the vehicles that traverse the trails.  On the slick rock there was painted trail markers, finding these were difficult at times. But we were Abel to stay on the trail.  

On the east side of a ridge, we can see why this is called Copper Ridge, the mountainside is green in color from the copper in the soil.

Lunch is on the trail, we find an open part of the trail and pull off so others can pass.  

We choose to get off the Copper Ridge trail, there was a loop that I mapped out.  We chose to  work our way into the Northern Section of Arches National Park.  

We join Salt Valley Road, a well groomed dirt road, the first right is Tower Arch Trail.  Its a fairly easy rail with one section of a steep downhill.  Which them leads us to Tower Arch.  This arch is only accessible by hiking, bike, or off-road vehicle.  Only a small percentage of the people hat go through Arches National Park see this, it was really cool to understand what we are seeing!

The trail South towards the visitors center is along fairly straight deep sand trail.  Part of me wanted to get bogged down in the sand have have to use the MaxTrax!  We made our way out and passed the “Eye of the Whale Arch”

Today was a great day!  It was fun exploring new trails on our own and enjoying a relaxing fun day with friends.

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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. JKFreaks.com 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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