Cliff Hanger

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5/5 (7 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 04/17/2023
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Located 10 minutes from downtown Moab, Cliff Hanger is an intense trail with a world-renowned namesake obstacle that literally takes drivers to the edge of their abilities, as well as their vehicles. Nonstop slickrock ledges and epic canyon views await those that can calm their nerves as they traverse the side of Kane Springs Canyon en route across the only motorized trail on the Amasa Back. This trail rightfully earns its status as a Jeep Badge of Honor trail and is easily one of the most memorable trails in the Moab area, making you excited to tell your friends all about it.

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Cliff Hanger is an in-and-out trail that ends exactly where it starts. The obstacles begin right away as you traverse down a steep hill with many large, slickrock ledges before crossing a creek and then traversing up the side of a canyon with many more stairstep type slickrock ledges. Most of the road surface along this trail is solid rock with areas of sand and dirt, and there are only a few short sections that are not constantly gaining or reducing elevation. Many of the obstacles along this trail have multiple lines ranging from easy to difficult. However, the obstacles at Waypoint 4 and Waypoint 13 do not offer the multi-line luxury and are the two most difficult obstacles when traveling back out of the trail. Additionally, no solid mounted winch points were seen along this trail, meaning you must drive every obstacle. The time spent on this trail can vary greatly depending on the size of your group and the amount of traffic you encounter along the ride. The trail is 5 miles one way to the last overlook and generally takes about half a day to complete from the time you leave Kane Creek Road to the time you return to Kane Creek Road. Cliff Hanger is a trail for experienced off-roaders driving modified vehicles. Lockers are highly recommended considering the lack of winch points, and 33''-35'' should be considered the minimum recommended tire size.

Trail Reviews

5/5 (8)
Visited: 10/03/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Very challenging for shorter vehicles and harder than the obstacle descriptions show. For example, #4 Waterfall Drop is not 3 feet, but between 4 and 5. Most of the rocks shown in the picture are gone. The winter rains took a toll on the trail
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 04/16/2023
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Visited: 04/15/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail just after EJS with three well built rigs. In comparison to Pritchett I would argue this is on par, especially due to the lack of winch points and some exciting off camber sections that aren't terribly well described when you make the return trip. Great trail!
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail and amazing views!
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Amazing trail! Would put it harder than a 7 for sure. '16 JKU on 37" Krawlers, 3 link, PSC and a fairly experienced group and the trail was a challenge. waypoints 5 and 15 were the hardest spots in my opinion and required a lot of work. Both waypoints 5 and 15 have gotten more dugout at the base than the pics show and definitely put you at some uncomfortable angles. I will definitely be going back and doing this trail again though!

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