Metal Masher

 

The Metal Masher Trail is located about 8 miles NE of Moab. To get to the trailhead from the center of Moab, take US 191 North approximately 9.8 miles. Turn left on the dirt road, cross over the railroad tracks and into the "parking lot", and air down. The trail ranges in elevation from 4,500 to 6,000 feet. The trailhead isn’t really until waypoint MM11. Prior to that however, at waypoint MM07, is Gooney Bird Rock. We were warned not to roll over the Gooney Bird’s toes, lest we have bad luck throughout the trail! At waypoint MM09 is a fork in the trail; straight ahead for Gold Bar Rim, and right to Metal Masher. At waypoint MM20 is The Bowl, which is a large, shallow bowl in the slick rock. There’s a spot in the center where if you drop in a rear tire, you get a nice photo op of the opposite airborne front tire. There’s also an optional ledge climb in this area. Finally, it’s a nice wide open area to spread out for lunch. Just past waypoint MM26 is a left turn, which is the bypass to The Widow Maker. The Widow Maker, at waypoint MM27, is a 6-foot nearly vertical climb with a sandy bottom. Not too bad for long wheel-based vehicles, but rear tippy for us shorties! The trail dumps you out in the middle of nowhere, on SR 313, leaving you with a near 1-hour trek back to Hwy 191. The trail is nearly 20 miles (not including the 13-mile trip on SR 313) and takes approximately 6 – 8 hours or so to complete.

Difficulty Rating:  Two (2) Moderate
(based on my personal rating scale on the Trails Page)

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Here are a couple pictures from the Metal Masher Trail.  
On the left, attempting to climb the Widow Maker.  On the right, being strapped up cuz we didn't make it!

       
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Waypoint:

To:

Distance

Cumm. Dist.

Bearing

Lat

Long

MM01

       

N38° 39.370'

W109° 40.608'

 

MM02

0.15 mi

0.15 mi

277° (W)

N38° 39.386'

W109° 40.774'

 

MM03

0.74 mi

0.90 mi

155° (SSE)

N38° 38.801'

W109° 40.421'

 

MM04

0.35 mi

1.24 mi

218° (SW)

N38° 38.562'

W109° 40.659'

 

MM05

0.71 mi

1.96 mi

131° (SE)

N38° 38.157'

W109° 40.059'

 

MM06

0.73 mi

2.69 mi

171° (S)

N38° 37.529'

W109° 39.934'

 

MM07

1.19 mi

3.88 mi

198° (SSW)

N38° 36.545'

W109° 40.352'

 

MM08

0.54 mi

4.42 mi

192° (SSW)

N38° 36.090'

W109° 40.481'

 

MM09

0.11 mi

4.53 mi

155° (SSE)

N38° 36.000'

W109° 40.428'

 

MM10

0.48 mi

5.02 mi

241° (WSW)

N38° 35.796'

W109° 40.899'

 

MM11

0.13 mi

5.15 mi

307° (NW)

N38° 35.863'

W109° 41.011'

 

MM12

0.27 mi

5.41 mi

3° (N)

N38° 36.095'

W109° 40.998'

 

MM13

0.15 mi

5.57 mi

317° (NW)

N38° 36.193'

W109° 41.113'

 

MM14

0.59 mi

6.16 mi

284° (WNW)

N38° 36.316'

W109° 41.749'

 

MM15

0.60 mi

6.76 mi

325° (NW)

N38° 36.746'

W109° 42.132'

 

MM16

0.63 mi

7.39 mi

28° (NNE)

N38° 37.230'

W109° 41.809'

 

MM17

0.40 mi

7.79 mi

107° (ESE)

N38° 37.127'

W109° 41.384'

 

MM18

0.14 mi

7.93 mi

331° (NNW)

N38° 37.233'

W109° 41.459'

 

MM19

0.48 mi

8.41 mi

71° (ENE)

N38° 37.369'

W109° 40.952'

 

MM20

0.78 mi

9.20 mi

35° (NE)

N38° 37.931'

W109° 40.458'

 

MM21

0.15 mi

9.35 mi

308° (NW)

N38° 38.011'

W109° 40.589'

 

MM22

0.32 mi

9.67 mi

47° (NE)

N38° 38.201'

W109° 40.332'

 

MM23

0.47 mi

10.13 mi

301° (WNW)

N38° 38.412'

W109° 40.774'

 

MM24

0.56 mi

10.70 mi

282° (WNW)

N38° 38.515'

W109° 41.387'

 

MM25

0.28 mi

10.98 mi

214° (SW)

N38° 38.312'

W109° 41.562'

 

MM26

0.16 mi

11.14 mi

308° (NW)

N38° 38.397'

W109° 41.700'

 

MM27

1.22 mi

12.35 mi

258° (WSW)

N38° 38.180'

W109° 43.022'

 

MM28

3.16 mi

15.52 mi

204° (SSW)

N38° 35.678'

W109° 44.473'

 

MM29

3.16 mi

18.68 mi

242° (WSW)

N38° 34.400'

W109° 47.585'

Notice: Off-highway travel is by its very nature potentially dangerous and could result in property damage, injury, or even death.  If you drive any of the trails on this web site, you acknowledge these risks and assume full responsibility.  You are the final judge as to whether a trail is safe to drive, whether your vehicle is capable of the journey, and whether your skills are up to the challenge.  The publisher of this web site disclaims any and all liability for property damage, bodily injury, or death that could occur to you or any of your passengers.  To the best of my knowledge, the information contained on this page was accurate as of the time I road this trail during the Spring of 2002.   However, things change over time.  And portions of this trail may no longer be legally accessible to motorized vehicles.  Therefore, please be good stewards of our sport--always stay on designated trails . . . and always, always remember to Tread Lightly!

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