Jeep Arch hike, Moab 

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Located west of Moab,Utah, Jeep Arch is a fun, moderately strenuous hike to a uniquely shaped arch in the Utah desert. And, as I try to do with all my hikes, it also features some great views. Total round trip distance is just under 4 miles. To get there: Take US 191 north out of Moab to Potash Road (before the entrance to Arches National Park) and turn left. Take Potash Road for approximately 10.5 miles to mile marker 5, just past a marked parking lot and trailhead for the more popular Corona Arch trail. Look for a small pull-out on the right and a culvert going under the railroad tracks, this is your starting point.
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The "trailhead" for the Jeep Arch hike is unmarked from the road. Park at the pullout on the road, at the campground a short distance away (fees may apply) — vehicles with moderate ground clearance can pull off the road onto the slickrock.
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The trail is accessed by walking through the very large culvert underneath the railroad tracks. The safest approach is from the left side of the culvert.
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The culvert is about 50-feet long and large enough to walk upright. The bottom is paved with concrete, making the walk rather easy.
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The ONLY sign you'll see identifying the Jeep Arch trail is to the left as you exit the culvert.
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The trail starts immediately to the left of the sign. It parallels the railroad tracks for a short distance after a short uphill section.
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After a stretch along the railroad tracks, the trail makes a sharp right and goes past this sign. The remainder of the hike, is mostly on slick rock and marked with cairns. There are plenty of the markers along the route, but pay close attention.
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An example of the cairns and slick rock on the trail. Many of the cairns are smaller than this one. There is also no shade on this trail and the climate can be very hot. Plan your trip accordingly and bring lots of water.
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The views along the trail are very nice.
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After approximately 1 mile a sign identifies the loop portion of the trail. Follow the trail in either direction — I suggest taking the clockwise route. The trail will take you between the spire and rock seen in the background.
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The trail continues between the spire and the rock formation on the right.
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Looking back at the spire and rock. There are great views on this trail.
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In mid-May there were a number of wildflowers visible, including this red cactus blossom.
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Approximately 1.5-miles from the trailhead, or a half-mile from the start of the loop, the trail crosses a dry wash, and the arch becomes visible. (Note the cairn in the lower left of the picture.)
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Follow the cairns and the somewhat-obvious trail leading directly to the arch.
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The arch, as viewed from the base. The trail continues through the arch. The easiest way is to the left, then turning diagonally to the right to approach the arch. Follow the cairns and obvious trail.
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Scramble up to the arch. It's less than 10-feet to the top, in the center of this picture
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On the west side of the arch, looking east to the LaSal Mountains. This area is wide and easy to navigate with a bit of caution.
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The view looking back, after walking through the arch.
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Looking down the east side of Jeep Arch, the LaSal Mountains in the background. Walk in this direction, with the arch on your right, to continue the hike.
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Follow the trail down the side of the arch to a marked intersection and turn left, downhill. This portion is a little steep and can be slippery, but it's very short.
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Enjoy the view and follow the obvious and well-marked trail back to the loop sign. From there, retrace the route back to the start point, following the cairn markers.
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The Colorado River comes into view near the end of the hike as it winds its way through the area.
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Topo map showing the route. Although the map shows it as Gold Bar Arch it is more commonly known as Jeep Arch.
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The "trailhead" for the Jeep Arch hike is unmarked from the road. Park at the pullout on the road, at the campground a short distance away (fees may apply) — vehicles with moderate ground clearance can pull off the road onto the slickrock.

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