Top of the World

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4.9/5 (59 reviews)
Cisco, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 07/15/2023
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Whenever you see the photo of an offroad-ready rig on a sandstone slab jutting out over a glorious-looking red valley, that's this trail. That is right, Top of the World is a famous trail! It is most famous for its challenge and iconic views, let alone being a Jeep Badge of Honor Trail. The inspirational view from the top is going to automatically increase your bucket list to include Onion Creek, which you will have a birdseye view of as you nest on the perch above. The challenging drive to the top, its 360° view, and the unique photo opportunity make Top of the World a story you will tell for years to come.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Top of the World is a rough and rugged rock crawling trail. It rises in elevation, climbing the Waring Mesa. The trail splits Waring Canyon to the west and Cottonwood Canyon to the east and climbs to a viewpoint overlooking the Onion Creek area. It is an out-and-back trail with a lollipop loop at the far end. As the guide is written, most people travel up the western side of the loop to reach the namesake "Top of the World" viewpoint. To reach the viewpoint, there are several non-optional undercut ledges. A spotter may be helpful your first time running the trail. After reaching the viewpoint, you have the option to take the eastern stem of the lollipop back down. This section will be the toughest and requires experience and/or a spotter. The west side of the lollipop, Waypoints 15-22, is optional. Although still a technical drive, if you avoid Waypoints 15-22, the drive will be less intense. The trail is suitable for lifted vehicles and, ideally, where the sway bars can be disconnected for travel. Airing-down is a must. Bone stock vehicles will struggle.

Note:

When you drive to the photo opportunity location, it is at a slight incline to the point where you cannot see the edge. Do not drive to this point without a spotter. Keep an eye on your children, and certainly no drinking on the trail.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (59)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/16/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very cool trail worth doing. Definitely a challenge but slow and steady with careful line choice and it’s manageable. A lot of sections have a ton of different lines with varying difficulty. The back side of the lollipop is intimidating and more difficult than the first half. Less built rigs and more novice drivers should probably go back the way they came. Vehicle: 1st generation 4runner solid axle swapped with 35s. Only hit the sliders/diffs/spring mounts a couple times and that was just from trying optional lines.
Trail Review: Top of the World - Daniel
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/02/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Super intimidating but also super fun got it done with a 21 Rubi on 37s
Trail Review: Top of the World - Rigo Tovar
Trail Review: Top of the World - Rigo Tovar
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Despite the popularity of this trail, I keep coming back because the view at the end is absolutely breathtaking. Like many have pointed out, there are sections of the trail that have become dug out so you'll need to take some time to stack rocks to make it up the two or three ledges you will counter. Other than those ledges, the trail is really pretty straightforward and not that difficult provided that you have a rig with a decent lift and ground clearance.
Trail Review: Top of the World - Ernest
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/15/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Quick trip up Top of the World on the way in to Moab from Colorado. A bit hot at 97* but always a worthwhile trip. Saw 2 other vehicles is all.
Trail Review: Top of the World - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Top of the World - Marcus Trusty
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/17/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is an amazing trail. We ran this trail in a 2016 Ram 1500 regular Cab Short Bed. 35s (15 psi) 2.5 inch lift, no lockers (posi on the rear) and aftermarket bumpers. There was some rock stacking, but we were able to get to the top with nothing more than a little bumper scuffing. Coming sown the obstacle 4 was tough and we did “modify” one of the exhaust tips, but that’s just a cool memory when i look at it now. The trail was challenging, but doable when we took our time and got the line right. The trail guide was right on when describing the obstacles. We did this on a Saturday and we saw maybe a dozen other vehicles. The view from the top is absolutely worth it. Took us just short of 6 hours round trip not counting the lunch at the top, but we werent rushing and we were admiring the scenery.
Trail Review: Top of the World - Andrew Hotton

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