Kane Creek Canyon Trail Easter Jeep Safari 2019

Day 3 we are back with red Rock 4 Wheelers and doing Kane Creek Canyon.  The is the most difficult trail that I was doing on this trip. Red Rock 4 Wheelers rates this trail as a “7”.

Because this trail is west of Moab, the group meet up location I the local movie theater.  It’s a cool, overcast morning, and it’s great to see all the Jeep that will be on the trip today.  This trail is an 11 mile drive down Kane Creek Road.  Once we get of the road the trail head has a large area where we air down, disconnect sway bars, and have our driver meeting.  This is a technical trail, but we have experiences spotters who know this trail very well.  

The first part of the trail follows Kane Creek, we cross the creek a few times.  We come to our first obstacle is a step rock we have to climb over.  Its not very challenging, but once we get our front wheels up on the rock, we have no sight over the hood, so the spotters are there to make sure your not turning and going upon straight.

The second big obstacle is a sharp 90degree turn in the trail, with a step ledge on the passenger side and rock on the passenger side that you have to go around.  With good spotters is an easy, you just have to trust your spotter and take it slow.  Each Jeep going through the obstacle takes about 3-7 minutes, and with the large group we have it takes almost 1 hr to get through.  

We have lunch on the side of the trail along Kane Creek.  

The last part of the trail is the most difficult section, Hamburger Hill.  There are winch points built Ito the hill so you can self-recover if needed.  When we get t the trail we have a traffic jam.  A group in a Land Rover is stuck.  It looks like this might be a long wait, from what we hear the vehicle is having engine trouble.  We are lucky and  they are able to get the Land Rover up the hill.  Now it’s our turn.  Like Ive said before, we have experienced rail guides and spotters.  

We have a very tight turn we have to make.  We are not big enough to go over the rick so we have to go around it.  Like I ask in Top of the World blog, these trails are getting beat up with larger tires and people using the “when I doubt, throttle out” mentality.  This is doing alot of trail damage.  We literally have to get the driver tire as close to edge of the trail without going over the edge.  Spotter trust is very important here.  We all get up and over Hanger Hill and work our way to the end of the trail.  

This was one of the most difficult trails that I ahem done to date, I am glad that I did it.  Hamburg  Hill was hard, but we had excellent spotters, and we owe our lives to them!


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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