Jeep Garage  - Jeep Forum

Jeep Garage - Jeep Forum (http://www.jeepgarage.org/forums.php)
-   Grand Cherokee - WK2 - (http://www.jeepgarage.org/f73/)
-   -   Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report (http://www.jeepgarage.org/f73/trailhawk-in-moab-trip-report-74893.html)

EllisWyatt 05-08-2014 07:27 PM

Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Just got back from a solo trip to Moab in the wife's Trailhawk. Nothing too crazy, no body damage, no quicksand or Chupacabras. I did manage to put about 2,800 miles on it and I thought I would share a few pics first and then some observations. (See if you can find the Jeep in the 6th photo.)

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...ps0ab3750d.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...ps0199b75a.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...ps560b7ced.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...ps768b1ed8.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...pse0bffb16.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...ps7308cb9b.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...psa5106ba0.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...ps8550b0d9.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...ps6f0d0bc4.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...psd89062a9.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...ps13ece565.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...psd9c51362.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...psce1c2d48.jpg

Random thoughts:

Comfort - The seats were perfect....firm but comfortable. No backache and very supportive. Longest single mileage day was 800 miles and my back felt great.

Quadra-Lift - Love it. Didn't really need OR Height 2 but used it a couple of times on the way to Chicken Corners for an extra margin of safety. Plenty of ground clearance and the front air dam didn't get in the way on these particular trails.

Gas Mileage - Varied from 19 to 22 mpg.

mfa81 05-09-2014 12:41 AM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
nice pictures!

jeep is in the top right in the shade lower corner of the big wall in the back! :-)

polizei 05-09-2014 06:35 AM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Awesome, I would love to go there, I've never been out west.

Desert Hiker 05-09-2014 10:35 AM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Great trip. Looks like the Mineral Bottom switchbacks in the 11th picture. I mountain biked the White Rim Trail last year, including down :eek: those switchbacks. Check your brakes and speed at the top!!!

Enjoy the TH.

Desert Hiker

Chunderboy 05-09-2014 11:11 AM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
very nice pics.. One question (or two), did you air down and if so, to what PSI?

EllisWyatt 05-09-2014 12:27 PM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Desert Hiker (Post 1019468)
Great trip. Looks like the Mineral Bottom switchbacks in the 11th picture. I mountain biked the White Rim Trail last year, including down :eek: those switchbacks. Check your brakes and speed at the top!!!

Enjoy the TH.

Desert Hiker

Those are actually the Shafer switchbacks. It makes a nice loop to come up Potash Road, enter the park, ascend the switchbacks and return via Long Canyon. I've only been on a little of the White Rim trail....just to Musselman Arch and up the Shafer switchbacks. Some day I'd like to drive the whole thing. If you look closely, you can see bicyclists followed by a support vehicle ascending the switchbacks. I was surprised at how fast they were pedaling uphill.

Rumline 05-09-2014 12:30 PM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Cool pics, thanks for sharing. That last one has a certain pucker factor in that you realize hey these cliffs can and do come down!

EllisWyatt 05-09-2014 12:46 PM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rumline (Post 1019521)
Cool pics, thanks for sharing. That last one has a certain pucker factor in that you realize hey these cliffs can and do come down!

You may already know this but the last photo is of Pucker Pass.

EllisWyatt 05-09-2014 01:49 PM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chunderboy (Post 1019485)
very nice pics.. One question (or two), did you air down and if so, to what PSI?

Yes, I was running 33 on pavement and aired down to 25 off highway. That was really a compromise as I kept transitioning between asphalt and trails. Front tires lost traction two or three times when climbing up rock shelves so maybe 20 or less would have been better in those situations.

Jeff_Jeske 05-09-2014 02:06 PM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Thanks for sharing!

lstowell 05-09-2014 04:12 PM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by polizei (Post 1019369)
Awesome, I would love to go there, I've never been out west.

I'd suggest bucket listing it.

Frankly once you are out there, Moab area is just one of the many truly awesome places. In the immediate Moab area, Green River is less crowded by far, plus if you are coming in on I-70 from the east, take the old Cisco road to state 128 and head down the Colorado canyon.

Once you are done in Moab, heading west on I-70 past Green River will put you in about 100 miles of "no services" terrain you have never seen before.

Or head south on state highway from Green River to Hanksville and Goblin Valley--just don't tip over any rocks.

Or after I-70 hits I-15 head south a bit and into Bryce Canyon.

Nevada is pretty cool as well, up Hwy 93 thru big basin, or heading out via I-80 thru salt lake city, along the south edge of Salt Lake and Bonneville Salt Flats.

I prefer I-80 when I want to get somewhere, but if you have the time, I-70 starting just past Denver heads up over awesome 14Kfoot mountains, and just about the time you get bored with them, down thru Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado and just as you get bored with that, you go past Grand Junction to the Cisco turnoff and head for Moab.

Rumline 05-09-2014 04:19 PM

Re: Trailhawk in Moab - Trip Report
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by EllisWyatt (Post 1019531)
You may already know this but the last photo is of Pucker Pass.

LOL, no, I had no idea. Very fitting name!


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:19 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 - JeepGarage.Org
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Owners Community