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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.
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.
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