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Steel Bender
Grand County, Utah
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Nearby Towns: Moab
Season: Year Round
Trail Length: 8.1 miles
Elevation: 5,928 feet
Named Obstacles: The Wall, Dragon's Tail

This a fun trail you can run in either direction. If you run it South to North you will have a large, sandy wall of rock to climb while you are already on a hill on a ledge. This rock is about 4 feet tall and very steep. Do not run the trail this direction if the trail is wet. Be prepared to stack a lot of rocks as it may be very difficult to climb. You may want to run it in the other direction first.

You cross Mill Creek a couple of times but it is usually not very deep. Though there are many portions of the trail that are nearly flat dirt road, most of the trail consists of rock climbs and descents over stairs and ledges. A few of the challenges are optional with bypasses, but most are required.

The South end consists of stairs and ledges leading down to the entrance at that end, while the North end has the curved trail on the ledge with the rock wall to climb. This end will be challenging in either direction.

The Dragon's Tail is optional and is fun driven in both directions. It is a narrow section on a hill that consists of big ledges to either climb or drop down. There is a bypass that follows right next to it, allowing you to turn around and run it in the other direction if you wish.

At the top of the Wall you have the option to turn right to take the larger and more challenging section of trail (following Steel Bender signs) or you can shorten the trail significantly and make it quite a bit easier by following the Flat Pass signs.

Don't let the trail's name intimidate you, it's a good Moab trail that is challenging but possible for a slightly modified 4x4 vehicle. Do not run this trail alone, however. You should expect to work on a lot of obstacles and hit your bumper on many as well.

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Driving Directions

To run the trail North to South, take Highway 191 south from the McDonald's on Main street. Turn left on Spanish Trail Road next to the gas station. Turn right on Westwater Drive to the gate. The trail starts to the right just before the private gate.

To run the trail South to North, take Highway 191 to mile marker 118 to Spanish Valley Drive. Turn right just past the gravel operation. Turn left on the road to Ken's Lake. Follow the sign to Flat Pass, then the sign to Steel Bender.

Low-End Rating: 5
High-End Rating: 8
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Rock Wall at the North end Ledges Climbing some stairs

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Steel Bender (GPS Exchange File)
The Wall (Google Earth Placemark)
Steel Bender Trailhead (Google Earth Placemark)
Dragons Tail (Google Earth Placemark)
Steel Bender End (Google Earth Placemark)
Steel Bender Track (Google Earth Track)

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