Each year sees a lot of Trail Damage. We go on trails that beat up our vehicles and it's just par for the course. This page holds the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) Trail Damage for each year, along with the equally impressive recoveries.
Trail Damage 2016
The best Trail Damage of 2016 went to Matt running Big Water Canyon on May 14th, 2016. He couldn't have been much farther from civilization when he stopped, opened his hood, and pulled out a belt. His Jeep didn't want to run at that point, so Frank towed him out. It took about seven hours, but he made it back to civilization.
Trail Damage 2015
The best Trail Damage of 2015 goes to Frank running Green Ridge on September 12th, 2015. It was a bad year for mud, and the deepest, stickiest hole of mud pulled Frank in and wouldn't let him go until he broke something. His track bar mount paid the price, and he had to leave his Jeep out there until he could find someone with a trailer to help get it home. Your front tires need to point the same way, Frank!
Trail Damage 2014
The best Trail Damage of 2014 goes to Bob S. running Coney Flats on July 5th, 2014. Bob had an altercation with a gate back in the day that left his front fender pretty mangled, and the argument he had with a tree next to the trail didn't help matters. It's cosmetic, and a little bit of wrestling bent things out of the way so he could enjoy the rest of the day. Whoops!
Trail Damage 2013
The best Trail Damage of 2013 goes to Roger running Mount Rosa on June 29th, 2013. At least that's when Roger found out that his rear upper control arm mount had broken off of his Jeep's frame, taking the rear track bar with it. It's tough to drive without a rear track bar, but a few ratchet straps got him home. Maybe we should call the trail Upper Control Arm Mount Rosa?
Trail Damage 2012
The best Trail Damage of 2012 goes to Ben running Copper Ridge on October 21st, 2012. For his first time in Moab with his new Jeep, he managed to get in a morning fender bender with Walt in the hotel parking lot, and then he ripped his rear fender flare and wheel well off on a twisty hill of rocks before lunch. Add lots of scrapes to his new skid plates from the days before and the trip was a success!
Trail Damage 2011
The best Trail Damage of 2011 goes to Matt K. running Steel Bender on May 10th, 2011. It was day one of our spring Moab trip and his new front axle completely failed taking his locker, control arms, track bar and a shock with it. It was all under warranty but his vacation really didn't go as planned!
Trail Damage 2010
The best Trail Damage of 2010 goes to Terry running Iron Chest on August 21st, 2010. He bent his steering link into a nice, big curve in the Rock Garden and the fix took place in between boulders. The day before, his shock mount broke off on Baldwin Lake. That's a good couple of days!
Trail Damage 2009
The best Trail Damage of 2009 goes to Chad running Sidewinder on October 17th, 2009. He managed to make all of the tough obstacles look easy, only to break a rear axle shaft on the easiest pile of rocks. It took some effort to get off of the trail but he managed. It definitely could have been worse!
Trail Damage 2008
The best Trail Damage of 2008 goes to Robert running Cliff Hanger on May 29th, 2008. He gave it everything he had to get up the last obstacle on the way out, and his rear axle blew up. That ended up being the catalyst for Robert to completely overhaul his whole Jeep.
Trail Damage 2007
The best Trail Damage of 2007 goes to Don running Pritchett Canyon on May 19th, 2007. He got to the top of Rocker Knocker only to fall off the rocks above it, rolling his vehicle to the passenger's side and then the hood, coming to rest on the driver's side. No one was hurt and his Jeep ended up only with body damage. It was definitely an adventure!
Trail Damage 2006
The best Trail Damage of 2006 goes to Monica running Liberty Trail on May 14th, 2006. Her trail damage included a broken front u-joint and stub shaft, broken front ring and pinion gears, exploded power steering box, blown tire bead, broken spare tire carrier, ripped soft top, and a broken sway bar disconnect. That trail will find your weaknesses!
Trail Damage 2005
The best Trail Damage of 2005 goes to Eric B. running Pritchett Canyon on October 8th, 2005. Eric was on the bypass to the Rock Pile and almost finished with the trail when he managed to blow up a u-joint and flatten two tires all in one shot. That takes some skill!
Trail Damage 2004
The best Trail Damage recovery of 2004 goes to Derek running Golden Spike on May 15th, 2004. On October 26, 2003, the Body Snatcher obstacle claimed Derek's axle shaft and he had to leave his Grand Cherokee overnight. Now again in 2004 this trail caused damage. He got too far into a tree and dented and scraped his passenger side from front to back, then lost a spring in the Golden Crack, then Body Snatcher once again got him by ripping off his CB antenna and giving him a couple more scrapes. That trail hates you, Derek!
Trail Damage 2003
The strangest and most severe Trail Damage of 2003 was to Adam's TJ at Saran Wrap on July 12th, 2003. He got his front wheels lodged under the lip of a rock and when he tried to pop over it his back wheels kept going while his front wheels stayed put. The end result was a busted axle, but Adam put it back together enough to get back to town. Nice job!