May 7, 2016
Volunteers from Moab Friends For Wheeling were needed to take supplies and man an aid station for the Chris Martinez Marathon held here last Saturday. As always when we are in town, Joe and I offered a hand and joined Jeff (who was in charge), Glen, Linda and Al, and Jeremy.
We have done a few of the difficult trails here, and even though Cliff Hanger is not rated as difficult as Metal Masher or Golden Spike in the Charles Wells guide, Joe and I think it is much harder. It is an in and out non stop challenge totaling 8.6 miles.
Our station was to be set up where the Jackson Bike Trail intersects at about 3.1 miles.
The entrance to Cliff Hanger is a steep drop down of tall ledges. After this last ledge, the trail turns right, then left into Kane Creek.
Jeff, loaded down with water, gator aid, etc,
This was a small marathon with only about 70 runners.
It was important to wait for the runners who chose to do the 15.5 mile loop to return (and check them off) from Jackson Hole. After all were accounted for, we packed up.
Thank goodness no first aid was needed !
After a brief discussion about the dark clouds, all of us were feeling lucky so we headed for the overlook. And as luck would have it, we skirted the rains all day.
|Jeff lead us to the overlook...|
|followed by Glen...|
|and behind us were Linda and Al and Jeremy.|
This is a beautiful overlook. Remember Jackson Butte?
and Jackson 4X4 trail? This is the view from the top. It's still hard for me to grasp the idea that the Colorado River actually meandered below carving what we enjoy today.
Narrow tippy spot, dangerous ledge, easy to slide right and roll over, and zig-zag up difficult obstacles are just a few of the "cautions" in the Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails Guide. Trails like this should not be done alone. How lucky we are for friends like Jeff, Glen and Dee who offer assistance, a calm voice and cheers.
Another great day in the memory bank. Until next time,
HAPPY TRAILS !