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As it has been customary the last few years, here is the official planning thread for 2019 ! :bigthumb: To be clear, this is not part of the FJ Summit. This is just a way get in a few more days of wheeling on your vacation, meet some new faces and get an introduction to Moab if you've never been there before. There are no registration fees and it is not an "organized event", just a bunch of friends getting together to wheel (if any rangers ask :lol: ) on Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th and Monday 15th. Some may run trails on Tuesday as well.

I'm just starting this thread to get the ball rolling. I plan to be there on Sat and Sun but have asked Deb and others to step up and help lead groups keeping in mind that there is always a mix of difficulty required by those in attendance.

If you are heading to Ouray for the FJ Summit afterwards, I do not recommend making the three hour drive to Ouray in the late evening or in the dark. The one time I did this, there were multiple near misses with very large deer. Seriously, it was ridiculous.

We'll be concentrating as much on great scenery and views as we are on great wheeling. Most of you are driving a long ways for the Summit and a major breakage would be a big killjoy. There are some good obstacles mixed in with rock crawling, sand washes etc. A lift, aftermarket skid plates and sliders are definitely required as is a little bit of off road experience. Bring your cameras !

We had a great time in 2012 with folks from all over enjoying Kane Creek Canyon, Top of the World, Metal Masher, Poison Spider and Shafer Trail . . . with a bit of the White Rim Road :lol: oops ! :shrug03: In 2013 we hit Long Canyon, Shafer Trail, Hells Revenge, Top of the World, and Elephant Hill. In 2014 we ran Seven Mile Rim, Top of the World, Shafer Trail, Long Canyon, Hells Revenge, Porcupine Rim, Spring Canyon and Tusher Tunnel. In 2015, we hit (in multiple groups) Lockhart Basin, Hells Revenge, Bull Canyon, Poison Spider and many others. In 2016, some of us did more difficult trails such as Kane Creek, Lockhart Basin and Flat Iron Mesa and some did other trails such as Onion Creek/Geyser Pass. In 2018, some of us did

Link to 2013 pictures here ---> https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/2013-fjcruiser-summit/169825-moab-before-summit-pictures.html

Bringing the group up to SOB Hill on the Elephant Hill Trail.


The weather every year since we started this in 2012 has been great. However, past weather is no guarantee of future weather. Once we get close to trip time, the 15 day weather forecast should give us an idea of whether the Moab weather will be like but I wouldn't worry too much about it. http://www.climate-charts.com/noaa-us2/UT425733.png

Hope to see you there. :cheers:

It can be really slow getting groups moving in the morning, especially when folks roll in right at the planned departure time and still need to gas-up and run into the store for supplies. Let's plan to meet at 8:00 so we can be on the road to the trail heads at 8:30. It starts to get really hot standing around about that time so PLEASE BE GASSED UP AND HAVE YOUR GROCERIES READY.

Meeting at City Market, 426 South Main Street (just a few blocks south of downtown and on the east side of hwy 191) - gather on north end of parking area (the left as you drive in) - you can gas up at their gas station and pickup snacks, drinks, ice etc but please get there early enough to allow for all of this so we aren't held up.

In the pic below, City Market is the big white roofed building with the red tag. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot just below the word Grand. Their gas station is just above the word Uranium. Again, make sure to be there early to gas up and buy food and beverages.

 

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Thanks for getting the OP setup woodsman. We are going to have fun. :cheers:

There are trails of all difficulty ratings, generally a group heads out from the market looking to do a more difficult trail and there is another group that takes an easier option. This is a great way to become familiar with offroading in Moab. The town itself is pretty cool and those of us who have experience offroading can get (you into and) out of any situation. Its still a good beginner event but the trails are a little more difficult than Summit. All you have to do is show up. No registration etc...

Fair warning, it will be hot and sunny. Prepare accordingly!
 

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Great to see this thread started - thanks James! Happy to step up, and I’ve already spoken with others who will also be available for trail leading. Moab B4 Summit is one of my all-time favorite events and I’m so excited about this year :rocker:
 

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I am in. Planning on arriving Friday as well, wheeling in Moab Saturday and Sunday, heading to Ouray on Monday. :)
 

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Following... This gathering of friends sounds great. I haven't wheeled Moab for a few years now and I would love to get back out there. Going to be a long trip for me, having to drive out all the way from Eastern NC for FJ Summit this year. Didn't realize how good I had it when I was living in Longmont, Colorado. Hoping to be able to make this in addition to Summit. How do you think a RTT will impact my Summit/Moab wheeling experience ? On the fence as to whether or not I plan to bring it. Have reservations at the Ouray Chalet Inn. Thank you !
 

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Following... This gathering of friends sounds great. I haven't wheeled Moab for a few years now and I would love to get back out there. Going to be a long trip for me, having to drive out all the way from Eastern NC for FJ Summit this year. Didn't realize how good I had it when I was living in Longmont, Colorado. Hoping to be able to make this in addition to Summit. How do you think a RTT will impact my Summit/Moab wheeling experience ? On the fence as to whether or not I plan to bring it. Have reservations at the Ouray Chalet Inn. Thank you !
I stayed at the Ourey Chalet last year and it was nice , walking distance to the HQ. as far as the RTT I can not think of any trails that would present a problem .
 
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Following... This gathering of friends sounds great. I haven't wheeled Moab for a few years now and I would love to get back out there. Going to be a long trip for me, having to drive out all the way from Eastern NC for FJ Summit this year. Didn't realize how good I had it when I was living in Longmont, Colorado. Hoping to be able to make this in addition to Summit. How do you think a RTT will impact my Summit/Moab wheeling experience ? On the fence as to whether or not I plan to bring it. Have reservations at the Ouray Chalet Inn. Thank you !
With a RTT and high center of gravity I wouldn’t want to see you on some trails with challenging off-camber obstacles. But other than that you should be fine :smile
 

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Might wanna stay off of 7-Mile Rim...
 
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Thank you...
 

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I stayed at the Ourey Chalet last year and it was nice , walking distance to the HQ. as far as the RTT I can not think of any trails that would present a problem .
Thank you... I heard the Chalet was nice. Up in the air on bringing the RTT.
 

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With a RTT and high center of gravity I wouldn’t want to see you on some trails with challenging off-camber obstacles. But other than that you should be fine :smile
That's what I was afraid of... Wasn't sure what trails you all had planned for Moab ? I think I would be okay with my Summit trail selections... Thank you.
 

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That's what I was afraid of... Wasn't sure what trails you all had planned for Moab ? I think I would be okay with my Summit trail selections... Thank you.
I’m sure you’re fine with Summit trails, as well as many Moab trails. I’ve seen people do some really off-camber obstacles with RTT but they were used to wheeling that way. So that’s another factor...how accustomed you are to managing your fully loaded rig in the rocks. Hope you do come to Moab!
 

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I’m sure you’re fine with Summit trails, as well as many Moab trails. I’ve seen people do some really off-camber obstacles with RTT but they were used to wheeling that way. So that’s another factor...how accustomed you are to managing your fully loaded rig in the rocks. Hope you do come to Moab!
Great point... I have only wheeled with the RTT a few times and on nothing like the trails I would hope to run in Moab. I already have a Hotel reservation so I think maybe the RTT should sit this one out. Thanks for the feedback all.
 

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I’m planning on attending. I am putting this out there....I will lead to top of the world for anyone who hasn’t done it. I will not do the loop. I’m coming back down same way I went up the trail...FYI. Leaving early for summit since I want to run stony pass. Can’t wait to see you all! ��
 

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Hi everyone
I’m planning on attending. I am putting this out there....I will lead to top of the world for anyone who hasn’t done it. I will not do the loop. I’m coming back down same way I went up the trail...FYI. Leaving early for summit since I want to run stony pass. Can’t wait to see you all! ��
Yay :blueblob: Was wondering if you were coming! What days will you be in Moab? Thanks for offering to lead TOTW :rocker: By “loop” you mean going down through Rose Garden Hill? That’s still on my bucket list :thinkerg:
 

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Yay :blueblob: Was wondering if you were coming! What days will you be in Moab? Thanks for offering to lead TOTW :rocker: By “loop” you mean going down through Rose Garden Hill? That’s still on my bucket list :thinkerg:
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Be there Friday through Sunday. Heading to ouray early to run the new trails. :blueblob: I’m going to Cruise Moab this year. Should be fun! :laugh. Yeah not doing that!
 
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Speaking of trails, I'm planning on doing Elephant Hill on Saturday or Sunday... day use permits only allow three vehicles so there would be room for two more. Of course, we could have more than one group if needed.
 

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Speaking of trails, I'm planning on doing Elephant Hill on Saturday or Sunday... day use permits only allow three vehicles so there would be room for two more. Of course, we could have more than one group if needed.
I ran it a couple years ago and the park allowed us to “join” our groups - place was abandoned in mid July, only a few cars in the trailhead parking lot and I don’t think we saw another vehicle on EH. I was also thinking of running it just hadn’t decided which day. Love that trail!
 

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Yeah it's my favorite trail I think. I have done it many times but never with the FJ.

I was wondering if there might be an opportunity to merge a couple of groups, just not sure if it is something we can count on.

If it not too beastly hot we can hike the Joint Trail. At least it is cool once you make it to the Joint. I suspect the confluence hike will be too hot.
 
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