Coyote Canyon

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Moab Friends For Wheelin’ applied for a permit to run Coyote Canyon on Saturday. This trail has limited use (Friday and Saturday only) and no winter runs. The permit is free but limited to one group per day with a maximum of 7 vehicles. We had some last minute cancellations so ended up with 4 vehicles, a perfect size for this short but difficult trail.

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As this short but difficult wash has some boulder movement, there are not really named obstacles that I am aware of but this first steep area is your typical gatekeeper.

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Glen and Jeff go on foot to scout out the first obstacle.

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And, let the bouldering begin!

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The sheer number and size of the rocks in this wash take careful tire placement to avoid being caught on the differentials.

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Jeff makes it through pretty easily.

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This trail is probably the most stringently watched in the area. Signs warn to not winch from trees and there are NO winch anchors anywhere.

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This trail had been closed and is now open on the very limited use basis I described above.

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Now its my turn. Again, it wasn’t too difficult today.

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Getting clearance for the tie-rod and differential takes careful and sometimes creative tire placement.

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Susan had no trouble either.

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Now its Glen’s turn. This is his first time through Coyote canyon.

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Looking good!

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But, the evil differential rocks get Glen hung up. After a bit of rock stacking though, Glen was out and we all continued up the trail.

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And, up we go. The trail is obvious, right? Well, there’s really only limited movement in the wash so if boulders are in the way, over them we go.

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Up to the next series of challenges.

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There is a choice at this point in the wash, right or left. Jeff decides to go to the right.

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And Susan decides to go to the right as well. She does a great job!

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Who would’ve thought driving a few feet could be so exhausting!?!

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If you want to find full articulation, drive Coyote….

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We make our way up to the traditional lunch spot but its still to early, so we have a snack.

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Then we begin the trip back down, gravity on our side….

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Jeff leads the way down.

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Followed by Susan.

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Then me in Redroxx….

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And Glen is the tail gunner.

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Getting down was short and uneventful….

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The group spent a few minutes cleaning out a brush pile caused by the recent flash flooding.

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Log removal. We should call Triassic and see if they need this log…

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And to the end of the trail and back out through the padlocked gate. A great day with no breakage. Awesome time….and we were all headed home before lunch.

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