Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Pickle and Mashed Potatoes on Saturday and Some Steelbender on Sunday

Gopher Flats
Moab, UT
May 12 & 13, 2018

The club run scheduled for the week-end of May 12 was  Pickle and Mashed Potatoes.  

We had a large turn out of members plus wheelers from Wyoming and Canada making a total of 16 vehicles in all.  

 To get to the Pickle trailhead, its a nice drive through some gorgeous country

including Hunter Canyon where John Wayne hitched up his horse to a cottonwood tree in one of the many western movies shot in this area. 

Pickle trail is less than a mile and full of flexy fun that follows a wash through a canyon.  

There are three named obstacles that do not have bypasses.  Here we approach the first obstacle. 
Joe and I were the next to the last vehicle in the line-up.  We followed Jeff in the yellow buggy, Susan (Jeff's wife) in the blue buggy and in front of us was Chris. 

Dill Pickle is where the fun begins !
Warren has no trouble making the double ledge climb. 

Around the curve on the other side of the rock pillar is a narrow section of trail.  It is a squeeze to get through there...

...and a pickle to get out of.  Thus the name !  Here Chris gets a passenger front tire lift as she skillfully works her way out.

Up next is the Pickle Slicer.  To us, it's the toughest of the three obstacles to climb.  Precise tire placement and angle of approach are key for success.
Chris aces Pickle Slicer as Dee watches. 

Jalapeno Pickle, a climbing challenge out of the canyon, is narrow and tricky.  
Susan makes it look easy!

Endless mounds of white ledges, rocks and notches give Mashed Potatoes Trail it's name.  It's an easy trail of ups and downs with spectacular views.

There is one major obstacle on Mashed Potatoes...Gravy Boat.  It does have a bypass !
Melissa dips in the Gravy Boat...
 Jeff, in the yellow samurai buggy he built, and his wife Susan in her blue samurai buggy that Jeff built, wait their turn at the Gravy Boat.

Jeff enjoys lunch and the Gravy Boat...both at the same time! 

Chris climbs out of Gravy Boat...Wile E waits his turn !

Well, I did mention the spectacular views...

 The flower of the day...Mule's Ears

 Sunday was Steelbender day.  Joe and I were the meat in the sandwich between Dee and Chris.  Its a mellow drive practically in our backyard at Gopher Flats.  We entered on the south side and skipped the north side loop making for a beautiful fun way to spend a few hours.  

What a great weekend ! Until next time, happy days and...


Up next...a hike with a little rock scrambling, paying close attention to cairns, and 4 miles all to ourselves.


  1. The Pickle looked the most difficult, but mashed potatoes need some gravy and the gravy 'boat' looked like a fun challenge too. Great views, but really like your last photo of the road home.

    1. Thanks Jeff! There was a little gravy on the mashed potatoes in spots! We sure need some rain here!

  2. What a fun weekend! And, of course, who would ever tire of those spectacular views!

    1. This is our 6th year visiting Moab’s always a WOW!

  3. Always so many fun adventures, love watching the skill needed to explore these amazing places.

  4. Another great day under perfect blue skies. Looks like everybody had a fun time. The pics really show those "challenges"!!

  5. Love the blog, Gay. Terrific photos!

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