Poison Spider Mesa

4.9/5 (26 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 10/21/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Moab is one of the premier off-road and four-wheel drive destinations. Comprised of some of the most well-known trails in all United States, it has trail types that suit all drivers wheeling desires. Some would call it an "off-roader's paradise." Amongst these trails, Poison Spider is one of the more popular "hard" trails in the entire area. Not only do you get amazing wheeling, but you can also take in the inspiring Little Arch with a view of the Colorado River behind it. The very bold will continue to Golden Spike, Where Eagles Dare, and finish up on Gold Bar Rim to be known as the few that have finished what is known as "The Trifecta."

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The trail is comprised of slick rock, sand, 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 run. Expect 6 ft+ 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. However, it can be run in a stock Jeep with very careful line placement. Note: The .gpx track available here is of the hardest lines possible on the trail. Stop at each obstacle and pick your route. When in doubt, follow the white tracks painted on the road surface.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (27 reviews)
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran PS today in a partially built Tacoma. (33”, bumper, skids, sliders, 3” lift.). We didn’t bypass anything and made it up most obstacles with just MTS. We did lock the rear on a few obstacles. The scenery is amazing. Beautiful views. The trail markings are starting to fade and the post markers are getting old or have fallen over. You just have to be paying attention or you will end up on a side trail. Overall we had an awesome time. I highly recommend it.
Trail Review: Poison Spider Mesa - Bill Mehas
Trail Review: Poison Spider Mesa - Bill Mehas
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Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Second time in Moab and hunting more badges! Ran Poison Spider with a local who was so helpful, awesome when you meet other great folks. Other than 3489756439857 mile an hour winds and being covered in sand afterwards, the trail was AWESOME! Completed it with no major damage in a stock JLUR. A little scraping going up. I got a little stuck on the unnamed obstacle but was able to maneuver around, choose a slightly different line and with a little bump and both lockers, able to make it up. A LOT of scraping on the way down. Nothing leaking, tow hook is nice and scraped up, some scratches underneath on metal but overall good to go! I think some heavy duty skids are in my future along with a lift.
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Really fun trail with a little bit of technical rock crawling mixed with a lot of slick rock.
Trail Review: Poison Spider Mesa - Justin Gentile
Trail Review: Poison Spider Mesa - Justin Gentile
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This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 04/13/2022
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Probably my favorite trail in Moab so far. Lots of technical stuff but nothing super difficult. We did have a newer JL flop over at the v-notch in front of us. There are a couple steep climbs, a lot of waterfall action, and the switchbacks at the start are exciting. The lookout was awesome over Moab and the views into canyonlands were superb. I will run this one again!
Trail Review: Poison Spider Mesa - Jake weikert
Trail Review: Poison Spider Mesa - Jake weikert
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