Fall is in the air.  That means cooler weather in the mountains and prime desert season.  Leaving late evening Friday we loaded up all our rigs and headed west to Moab Utah.  After a late arrival and a frigid night we grabbed breakfast at my favorite burrito spot in Moab, Gilberto’s and headed north to Poison spider trail.

Jesse getting up the first big ledge on poison spider
Jesse getting up the first big ledge on poison spider

Poison spider trail head is just north of Moab on the other side of the Colorado River.  After airing down and applying liberal amounts of sunscreen we were on the trail climbing up from the river.  The beginning of the trail is fairly mellow with a few extra credit obstacles and it starts getting harder the further into it you get.

Justin making no power steering look easy coming out of a crack on Poison Spider
Justin making no power steering look easy coming out of a crack on Poison Spider

Coming to a fun ledge section Justin broke a spring locator pin in his rear leaf spring pack.  Lucky for us, out of the 3 bolts in our tool boxes one of them fit.  After about an hour and a half we got his rig back on the trail.

Lindsay with a little 3 wheeling through a water hole
Lindsay with a little 3 wheeling through a water hole

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Coming to the intersection of Golden Spike we decided it would be foolish not to turn this trip into a loop and moved on down Golden Spike.  The trail stayed pretty easy up to the infamous Golden Crack.  This is a great chance to flex out your rig as you pass this iconic obstacle.

This pony makes the crack look easy.
This pony makes the crack look easy.

Just past Golden Crack there are a few medium sized vertical walls to step up.  There are many different lines you can take through here we opted for the harder line to get past a few rigs that were struggling on the easier ledge.

Justin getting over one of the many ledges left in the trail.
Justin getting over one of the many ledges left in the trail.

From here unfortunately it was dark and we slowly navigated our way through the trail paying especially close attention to the white line markers on the trail.  It is very easy to lose the trail at night on slick rock. The rest of the trail out on Gold Bar was uneventful but had some great ledges to climb and some really fun terrain.  We got off the trail about 9pm and headed back to the camp sight to get a rip roaring fire going and relax.

Top of the world.
Top of the world.
Jesse getting to the top of the longest climb.
Jesse getting to the top of the longest climb.
Lindsay coming down a fairly large ledge
Lindsay coming down a fairly large ledge

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