Poison Spider Mesa

4.9/5 (24 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 04/13/2022
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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 (25 reviews)
Status: 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
Status: 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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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/11/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Awesome trail. A Jeep Badge of Honor Trail, if you're into that. I'm a sucker for it so... Most the challenging but are on the first half of the trail. If you only want to do that, minus any traffic, you probably could get in and our pretty quick. I went there on a Monday afternoon. Nobody on the trail til we did everything and started seeing more people on the way down. I definitely recommend doing the loop and checking out the the overlook. There's a arch along the loop too. This trail connects to Gold Bar Rim via Golden Spike. Unfortunately at this time that I'm doing this review, Golden Spike hasn't been mapped out yet. I hoping it does, especially since it's also a Jeep Badge of Honor Trail too.
Trail Review: Poison Spider Mesa - Will Thaler
Marcus Trusty
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27350
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/20/2021

Great evening run. Zero traffic.
Trail Review: Poison Spider Mesa - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Poison Spider Mesa - Marcus Trusty

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