Eastern Utah has experienced high winds and rain for the past two days so we have been forced to rest a bit. But today the winds subsided a little and the sun was peeking through the clouds, so it was time to get back out into the rocks. Temperatures were a bit low in the morning so we decided to wait to head out until just before noon and hike to Jeep Arch, a round trip hike of about four miles.
The trail begins along Potash Road about a quarter mile past the parking areas for the Corona Arch Trail. It begins by going through a large drainage tunnel under a set of railroad tracks.
Just past the tunnel the trail turns to the left and begins to gain in elevation. Signs and cairns clearly mark the way.
At 1.2 miles the trail splits into a loop. Our hiking book recommends doing the loop in a clockwise direction, so we took the left fork and headed up into the rocks.
The climb up this part of the trail is steep and requires a bit of scrambling, but it is only for a short distance.
Once up that part of the trail things level out for a bit. Soon Jeep Arch comes into view to the north. The arch is also called the Gold Bar Arch, after the nearby recreation area along the river. The resemblance to a jeep may be a stretch for some.
The trail leads right up and through the arch.
After enjoying a snack under the arch we headed back down the trail on the other side.
The trail on the other side has a more gradual elevation change. So if you want to do this hike but don’t like having to use your hands and climb steeply, you can go counter clockwise at the Loop sign and make it an out and back hike.
On the return hike we enjoyed some great views of the Colorado River in front of us.
Some spring blooms added color to the trail.
The weather is suppose to clear and warm up in the coming week, so we will be busy exploring new areas around Moab. Oh boy, more rocks to come!