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    Default Moab Nov 25 - Copper Ridge and 3D



    Got an early start today to beat the incoming cold front and wet weather. Forecast had rain / snow starting in the afternoon. Much less precipitation predicted here than Denver (9-13 inches there?), but enough to make us question whether we'll be able to run any trails tomorrow.

    Started the day at Copper Ridge trail. This trail begins off 191 across from the Gemini Bridges trail head. The trail is pretty mild, with many nice views and a few notable points of interest. To the south, the sky was overcast, but clear skies to the north provided a brief view of the sky (the following images were taken in close succession, looking south and north respectively).





    I imagine the trail is called copper ridge due to the many green deposits in the nearby hills.



    The trail later enters a very large slickrock slab. It was a bit jarring to suddenly come upon such a large, flat section of rock after only dirt up to this point.



    The trail briefly enters Arches national park, with some gates and fences marking the boundaries as you pass through. There are several clear views of arches and other features in the park.



    Later, the trail runs near some preserved dinosaur foot prints. We made the short hike to view the prints. It looks like a large dirt-filled hole, but the sign assures us it is likely a diplodocus print.



    This was very near the end of the Copper Ridge Trail. We then departed for 3D.

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    We did not take many photos of the first portion of 3D. As we travelled the dirt road from 191 to the 3-D trailhead, we passed another dinosaur footprint point of interest. We stopped and hiked the boardwalk above the prints. After this break, we continued on dirt to re-join the northern portion of Seven Mile Rim trail, which we drove yesterday. This took us towards the 3D trailhead, which we joined and followed to Tusher Tunnel.







    Up to Tusher Tunnel, and for a good distance past the tunnel, 3D is mostly sandy washes and dirt, with scattered medium sized rocks in the sand. The last ~1/3 of the trail changes dramatically, as you climb through some interesting rocky sections with large ledges, boulders, and open slickrock sections. I greatly enjoyed the later half of this trail.



    As we neared the end of the trail, we observed the clouds growing closer to the ground. We finished the trail before any precipitation fell.





    It is currently raining lightly, so plans for tomorrow are in flux as we wait to see how much and what type of moisture accumulates overnight.

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    Default Re: Moab Nov 25 - Copper Ridge and 3D



    Copper Ridge gives a bit different view of the Moab area than some other trails. It had a few areas with a bit of challenge, but more of a site seeing tour. Nice thing, no other vehicles on the trail. 3D started out the same though the Tusher tunnel was a nice bonus to walk through. Towards the end of the trail, there were several fun spots that allowed for using something more than 2 wheel drive. "Mean Hill" area had several spots of interest and is probably where any actual rating for the trail come from. This trail, along with Copper Ridge makes one think while looking at ominous skies and driving up creek beds. Climb to higher ground if needed for sure!
          

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