Metal Masher

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4.9/5 (14 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 05/19/2023
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A short distance north of downtown Moab, Metal Masher features steep ascents and descents, off-camber sections, and numerous ledges up to 48 inches tall. The trail is peppered with large boulders, narrow ledges, and tight squeezes. All demand precision driving. A popular trail not only for its technical rock crawling challenges but also for its breathtaking scenic views from atop Arth's Rim, it's no surprise Metal Masher is recognized as a Jeep Badge of Honor trail.

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Metal Masher is a nearly 12-mile straight-through trail that begins and ends along Gemini Bridges Road. The trail starts and ends as an easy, sandy road, but as you slowly climb the gentle slope of the rock strata, the terrain transitions to mostly slickrock with towering cliffs, dozens of waterless waterfalls, ledges, and hill climbs. Although most obstacles are nameless and bypassable, Metal Masher features several iconic obstacles, such as Rock Chucker, Mirror Gulch, and Widow Maker. Drivers should expect 4-foot-plus waterfalls, steeper than 30-degree inclines, and plenty of drops you drag your tail on. This trail is best suited for experienced drivers in modified vehicles with larger tires and skid plates. Traction aid devices such as lockers are highly recommended but not necessary.

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4.9/5 (14)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Super fun trail that you can make as easy or hard as you want. I did it a couple years ago with a basically stock 1st gen Tacoma with a rear locker, and again this weekend with a solid axle 1st gen 4runner fully locked on 35s. Definitely more fun in the 4runner as I was able to do more optional obstacles ( but not widow maker). I started taking the alternate exit near widow maker since the rest of the trail is mostly just slow and bumpy with only a couple notable fun obstacles. The first half is definitely more fun than the second. Required difficulty for the trail feels like a 5, but mirror gulch gives the 6 difficulty justice depending on your rig. Tons of harder optional lines to choose from which makes it a fun trail to test new builds.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

What a great trail in my opinion. You truly can make the trail as hard as you would like with the optional bonus lines. I ran this trail a few years ago before I put lockers in my xj and I made it through back then but struggled a little. This time with lockers I was able to run the whole trail without issues. I did not do widow maker as I was by myself as well as most of the optional bonus lines as they are in my opinion a little to extreme for only 33” tires. It’s a fun trail with great views.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/26/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Have to drive a long section of Gemini Bridge road to enter and exit the trail. There were some fun/hard obstacles but the most difficult parts could be by-passed. This is the same rating at Golden Spike and this trail to me is a lot easier. Save lunch for the tremendous overlook at the top of the climb. Widow Maker looked impossible for anything but a buggy (IMO only). I would do this if you have extra time, but it’s a lot of effort (the painful dirt road rinding involved) for the final pay-off.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/10/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran metal masher again, a fun trail like always.
Trail Review: Metal Masher - Josh Noesser
Trail Review: Metal Masher - Josh Noesser
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail! The challenging obstacles all have bypasses, but
Trail Review: Metal Masher - James Morris
Trail Review: Metal Masher - James Morris

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