Golden Spike

4.7/5 (3 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 10/21/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Easly one of the most famous off-road trails in the United States, if not the world. Golden Spike, home of the famous Golden Crack obstacle, is at the top of people's favorite trails in Moab, Utah. Full of amazing scenery, challenging obstacles, and even better stories, this trail is the perfect receipt to make any 4x4 trip legendary. You can easily say that this trail is one of those trails that offers it all. The trail has slickrock, fins, sand, narrow scenic canyons, waterfalls, ledges, long steep hills, amazing overlooks & viewpoints, wild obstacles, and sometimes standing water. If you are lucky, you might even see Golden Eagles soaring high above or catch a glimpse of a natural arch. So whether this is your first time in Moab or you are a seasoned vet, if you haven't done Golden Spike yet, this trail needs to be put at the top of your list to see why most people call this the best trail in Moab.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Golden Spike comprises a combination of trail surfaces from dirt to sand to slick rock; this trail will provide you with a wide variety to keep things interesting. The trail does have moments of reprieve on the sections south of Golden Crack, as where from Golden Crack to the Gold Bar Rim Trailhead is one obstacle after another. There are seven named obstacles along the route: Launch Pad, Skyline Drive, Zuki Hill, Golden Crack, Golden Stairs, Double-Whammy, and Body Snatcher. Best suited for lightly to heavily modified vehicles. Golden Spike also connects to Where Eagles Dare and Rusty Nail. Getting there: According to how you think about time on the trail, the good or the bad news is that the trail is out in the middle of other trails, meaning there is no fast way to either trailhead. You can come in from Poison Spider or, on the other side Gemini Bridges. Either way, you will spend an hour or two getting to the trail and need that hour or two to get off the trail.

Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (3 reviews)
Official Crew
104650
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I really enjoyed this one. Non stop obstacles on the north end!
Official Crew
99850
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Way cool trail. Easily in the top 5 trails in Moab. A must-do.
Official Crew
88800
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/13/2020
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I have a hard time giving this trail 5 stars because it is just a pain to get to. By itself, it is a great trail with awesome obstacle. But the fact that I have to take one already long trail to get to it, and then take another long trail just to get out, make doing Golden Spike an all day trip! Granted, I think the best obstacles are on the north end from which you could easily get to via Gold Bar Rim or Rusty nail, and then just turn around and head back out.
Trail Review: Golden Spike - Ryan Boudreau
Trail Review: Golden Spike - Ryan Boudreau
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