Metal Masher

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 04/26/2021
5 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Highlight: Metal Masher
Moab, Utah is one of the premier off-road and four-wheel drive destinations. Comprised of some of the most well-known trails in all of the United States, it has trail types that suit all drivers' wheeling desires. Some would call it an "off-roader's paradise". Amongst these trails, Metal Masher is one of the more popular "hard" trails in the entire area. Comprised of slick rock, sand, and dirt, this trail offers drivers everything they are looking for and more. Not only do you get amazing wheeling, you can also take in the inspiring views of the slick rock hills, see the arches off in the landscape, and enjoy snow-capped mountains in the background.


Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
Lightly Modified 4X4 (Small Lift and Larger Tires)
Waypoints 11 and 12 are the hardest required part of the trail with several large rocks you have to drive over and large waterfalls up to roughly 6 feet in total.

Technical Rating

Rocky or undulated road surface. Potential rocks less than 36" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 36" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 84" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep and off-camber.
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Metal Masher is one of the more popular, harder trails in Moab. The trail is comprised of slickrock, sand, towering cliffs, and dirt with plenty of waterfalls and hill climbs. Even though most obstacles have a bypass, there are still several obstacles that you have to do. Expect 6 foot+ waterfalls, steeper than 50-degree inclines, and plenty of drops that you drag off. It is recommended that you have a lift and lockers before trying this trail. While on the trail, you will be offered some amazing overlooks of Moab and Arches National Park. Note: The .gpx track available here is of EJS 2016 Route. Stop at each obstacle and pick your route. When in doubt, follow the white tracks painted on the road surface.


1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Trailhead of Metal Masher. There is a parking area with plenty of space to air down before taking on the trail if you choose to wait this long. Most people air down right as they turn off the highway.
2. Intersection - Stay Right (0.7 mi)
Stay right to continue on Metal Masher Trail. Follow the signs.
3. Stay Right At Next Two Roads (1 mi)
Continue to stay right on Metal Masher. Follow the roads with heavy traffic wear.
4. Ledges (2.3 mi)
The first set of ledges gives you a basic idea of what to expect. These ledges are roughly 4 feet tall and slightly slick. Some momentum might be required.
5. Fork - Stay Left (2.4 mi)
The trail curves to the left. Follow the Metal Masher signs.
6. Rock Ledges (3 mi)
Here you will climb roughly a 4-foot tall ledge that steps up and is broken into several pieces.
7. Ledges (3.3 mi)
The first of the hard play areas, this one section is full of options to try. But please note, there is no easy bypass around this, and each vehicle is required to take a hard route. The hardest route is a 12-foot tall vertical wall that is slightly rounded on top and dug out at the bottom. The required route is a 2 1/2 foot vertical stepped ledge with a 2-4 foot steep hill climb above it. Lift, large tires, and lockers are required for either route.
8. Ledge (4 mi)
The next set of play areas. This part of the trail offers something for everyone. Just watch out for the overhang and try not to break. Largest wall is roughly 10 feet tall and slowly tapers off to a bypass that is flat ground on the right side.
9. Tailpipe Hill (4.1 mi)
Tailpipe Hill has a hard five-foot vertical ledge to climb on the left with a less hard, but still hard route on the right. Following the ledge is a long rocky hill climb that is roughly 80 feet long.
10. Rock Chucker (4.2 mi)
Rock Chucker is one of the named obstacles of the trail. Large tires and a short wheelbase make this obstacle seem doable.
11. Mirror Gulch (4.3 mi)
The trail edges up the cliff and gets very narrow, roughly as wide as a JK. Wide vehicles will have problems here. There are several ledges that are very slippery and will cause problems. The largest ledge is roughly 4 feet tall. Some momentum might be required.
12. Misty's Thumb (4.4 mi)
Immediately following Mirror Gulch is Misty's Thumb. This set of ledges will give you something to work through. There are two lines. Hard: which s-turns up through the rocks, and Harder: which climbs directly up the steep ledges.
13. Overlook (5 mi)
Here is an overlook of Moab, Arches, and surrounding area... Watch out! That first step is a big one!
14. Intersection - Turn Right at Arths Pasture Road (6.9 mi)
Follow Metal Masher to the right. This takes you to Widow Maker. If you go straight, you go back to the Gemini Bridges on Arths Pasture Road.
15. Widow Maker Bypass (7 mi)
Left takes you around Widow Maker. This trail isn't easy either with several large ledges and rocky hill climbs. Right takes you to the bottom of Widow Maker. The GPS track takes the bypass route. If you want to attempt Widow Maker, stay to the right.
16. Bypass to Top of Widow Maker (8.3 mi)
Straight is the bypass to Widow Makers takes you above the obstacle so you can drop back down and check it out. Right takes you down to the top of Widow Maker.
17. Widow Maker (8.3 mi)
Widow Maker is one of the named obstacles on the trail. This obstacle has caused many rollovers and is something to take seriously. Large tires, lockers, lots of horsepower, and a longer wheelbase will help you greatly.
18. End (13 mi)
This is the end of the trail. From here, you can go left and go back out the way you came in, or go right and head out to Highway 313.
19. Mother-In-Law Hill ( mi)
An additional challenge, Mother-In-Law Hill offers drivers a challenge like many others on this trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Moab, UT

From Moab, take Highway 191 north to Gemini Bridges trailhead (approximately 11.5 miles), and go left. Immediately, go left on Gemini Bridges Trail. Stay on Gemini Bridges Trail for approximately 6 miles. Follow Gemini Bridges Road through multiple corners...first a right then a left until you reach Metal Masher trailhead (approximately 5.5 miles).


There is no dispersed camping in the immediate area. Remember, when using free designated sites, you are required to remove all solid human waste from the area. Campers are required to possess, set up, and use portable toilets. Campers may not bury or leave exposed, solid human body waste or soiled toilet paper. The disposal of solid human waste off public land is required. You must camp only in marked sites, and no wood cutting is allowed. Following these simple rules will ensure that the sites are attractive to future campers. Enjoy your stay! The Moab Field Office maintains 26 campgrounds. Many of the campgrounds are located close to Arches National Park along the Colorado River. These campgrounds offer views of spectacular red rock cliffs amidst a green ribbon of vegetation.
Camping: Metal Masher

Trail Reviews (6)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Can the trail be completed without lockers by using the easier bypasses? Otherwise, which obstacles would require lockers?
–Jasmine & Jon Hughes (03/11/2021)
A: You will have to take all the bypasses. But mirror gulch might give you problems, also misty's thumb too. There are a few places where there are some large rocks and ledges that will make it hard. Now wit that said, i did it in a open / open TJ. (But note, I took that jeep many places other locked jeeps struggled) If you plan on going, best to go with a group so they can strap you if needed.
–Josh Noesser (03/12/2021)
Q: Is this trail one-way?
–JD Marshall (07/08/2018)
A: As far as I know, this trail is not one-way.
–Josh Noesser (07/09/2018)
Q: Can you leave tow vehicle and trailer at the trailhead? Thanks
–Kyle (02/09/2018)
A: There is a parking area at the Gemini Bridges trail head that has space to leave your trailer. Its easier than leaving your trailer at Metal Masher tail head.
–Matt Aguilar (06/03/2018)
A: Good Day Kyle, I think Metal Masher has a large area to park near the trailhead. But you would be better off putting your trailer at the east trailhead for Gemini Bridges where we see trailers all the time and then just driving from there.
–Josh Noesser (02/09/2018)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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