Hiking Outside of Moab: Jeep Arch

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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.

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Photo cred: Jan’s Jaunts

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

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Allison at trail head

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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.

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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

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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

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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