May 24, 2017
Rusty Nail is a hardcore difficult trail. The trail begins at a left hand turn off the end of Gold Bar Rim. It heads south then circles east. It ends where it connects to Golden Spike and exits the entire length of Gold Bar. The actual trail is only 1.9 miles. The entire length of the route is 7.8 miles. There are three major obstacles on this short extreme trail...Riff Raff, The Wall, and for scary fun, No Left Turn. We headed out with Dee and Warren to tackle the challenges of huge boulders, tall ledges, and narrow switchbacks with views of a canyon below. It was another gorgeous day with beautiful blue skies, plenty of sunshine and a cool breeze.
First up was Riff Raff. Before starting her climb, Dee explained the correct line for tire placement and then we watched. What you can't see in the picture is a deep hole to the left of the passenger tire. It's a little tippy and slipping off into the hole might cause a flop.
Up next is The Wall. Straddling the crack between the two boulders at the bottom, turning driver and climbing the ledge were the directions. Warren's climb is flawless.
Last, we come face to face with No Left Turn. Joe and I had no idea what to expect and it wasn't until we saw Dee's pictures that our mouths dropped. The trail at this point is narrow. Large boulders were on my side. A bottomless, at least it seemed that way at the time, canyon was on Joe's side. Its a good thing he keeps his eyes on Dee and the trail. Dee spotted us down a huge...ummm, enormous...boulder with lots of other boulders all mixed in. Very tippy! I'll let Dee's photos tell the story.
Thanks Dee for a successful run on the most difficult trail we have done...so far !
It was a great day wheeling with Warren and Dee. Warren waits while Joe and I watch Dee's line on Riff Raff.
Our last sight of Warren before he drops off No Left Turn. See how close he is to the edge?
It's always a treat to follow Dee.
We could see Jeep Arch from our lunch stop...a zoomed in picture.
We watched the clouds on the horizon...
|If you look closely, you can see the Colorado River in the center of the photo.|
...and then overhead. So pretty !
Until next time,
HAPPY TRAILS !