Hiking Outside of Moab: Jeep Arch


Last week was the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. The past few years, a couple Gossamer Gear Ambassadors and employees get together before the show to do a couple days of hiking. I had the opportunity to help organize this year’s powwow. I couldn’t believe the response I got when I put this trip out there! We had trail ambassadors from both East and West (and really everywhere in between) either driving or flying out to do this hike. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to get to know my fellow Trail Ambassadors and to pick the brains of the best hikers out there! This is day one of our Utah Adventures.

AZT Car2  One of the Trail Ambassadors, Sirena, works for the Arizona Trail (what a dream job!) and had the coolest car wrapped in an Arizona Trail topo map! We followed the hard-to-miss car to the trailhead for our hike to Jeep Arch.

jeep arch tunnel
Photo cred: Jan’s Jaunts

The trail starts out by hiking through this “tunnel”. How cool is that?


Allison at trail head

Joan making her way up with her Type 2 pack!


jeep_arch_10  The terrain is vastly different than hiking in New England, which was obvious, but I was surprised at the variety of terrain, flora, and diverse landscape.

Hanging out with some awesome ladies: Christy and Jan!

Jeep Arch really looks like a car from a distance. The best part is you can actually hike through it! We continued through the arch and made a loop. Thanks to Will Rietveld for leading! He knows his stuff!jeep_arch_19

My Rukus handing out in a canyon

jeep_arch_23About halfway into our hike, Barefoot Jake recorded some video for the Gossamer Gear website. Enjoy this “behind the scenes” look! jeep_arch_27

I never expected to get views like this in a desert. Take a gander at La Sal Mountains.jeep_arch_28 jeep_arch_30

Of course we all like to live a little on the edge. Ok, some do more than others! Steven AKA Twinkle, hangs with the birds.

windows_1  After our hike, we split into smaller groups and did some additional hiking. My group decided to find a spot for sunset. We hiked around The Windows in Arches National Park. We had way too much fun acting like tourists!windows_3 windows_4 windows_5  windows_7

As the sun was going down, we scoped out the perfect place to watch it set. We found a hill near balanced rock. It’s really gorgeous how the sun makes subtle changes on the rocks. I’m lucky to be able to experience such a beautiful place with great friends!windows_8_balanced rock windows_9 windows_10

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Allison is the founder of trailtosummit.com which she began as a way to track and share her first round of the NH 4000 Footers. Now on round 5 (the first round for her dog Ruckus) she has been honored to have taken part of many people’s firsts. She is an experienced trail maintainer, speaker, and passionate member of the outdoor community. In New England, Allison enjoys trekking along the highest peaks, bushwhacking to less traveled areas, and has a fondness for sunrise and sunset trips. Outside of New England Allison has also thru hiked the John Muir Trail and explored mountains in the German and Austrian Alps, Israel, and the Azores. Her goal is to share her passion for hiking and backpacking with others, especially with women, to inspire them to experience the freedom of the trail!

One thought on “Hiking Outside of Moab: Jeep Arch

  • moabutah

    This is a fun record of your Moab hike. I especially like the image from Culvert, not many can get the right exposure for that cool little passage. Thanks for Choosing Moab!

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