Steel Bender

 

The Steel Bender Trail is located about 7 miles southeast of Moab. To get to the trailhead from the center of town, take US 191 South approximately 4.25 miles. Turn left onto Spanish Trail Rd and travel a little over 1 mile. Then turn right onto Westwater Rd (which later becomes Navajo Hwy Dr) and go just under a mile. Ranging in elevation from 4,700 to 6,000 feet, the trail follows (and crosses a few times) Mill Creek through waypoint SB06. Shortly after waypoint SB10 is a ledge climb called Diane’s Bump. Waypoint SB18 is a nice spot to stop for lunch; it’s a large sandy area with some shade. Just before waypoint SB22, you can take the right fork back to Moab if you’ve had enough. Otherwise, turn left to continue the trail with a steep ledge descent at waypoint SB22. At waypoint SB24 starts the Dragon’s Tail, concluding with the Triple Dragon’s Head ledge climb just prior to waypoint SB25 (hardest is to the left, easiest to the right). The trail ends with a final crossing of Mill Creek. To return to Moab, turn right at the first main intersection and proceed eastward for about 2.25 miles. Then turn right onto Geyser Pass Rd. Go about 1.5 miles and turn left onto CR 124, which will take you back to Hwy 191. Head north back to Moab. The trail is nearly 12 miles long and takes approximately 4 – 5 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 Steel Bender Trail.  
On the left, A Grand descends the ledge at waypoint SB22. 
On the right, the maiden voyage for Brad's new Trail Jeep.

            
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Waypoint:

To:

Distance

Cumm. Dist.

Bearing

Lat

Long

SB01

       

N38° 32.272'

W109° 28.435'

 

SB02

0.15 mi

0.15 mi

31° (NNE)

N38° 32.384'

W109° 28.350'

 

SB03

0.09 mi

0.24 mi

124° (SE)

N38° 32.3398'

W109° 28.266'

 

SB04

0.13 mi

0.37 mi

333° (NNW)

N38° 32.440'

W109° 28.332'

 

SB05

0.22 mi

0.59 mi

109° (ESE)

N38° 32.377'

W109° 28.100'

 

SB06

0.87 mi

1.46 mi

140° (SE)

N38° 31.797'

W109° 27.488'

 

SB07

0.40 mi

1.86 mi

94° (E)

N38° 31.771'

W109° 27.045'

 

SB08

0.35 mi

2.20 mi

68° (ENE)

N38° 31.885'

W109° 26.689'

 

SB09

0.38 mi

2.59 mi

34° (NE)

N38° 32.160'

W109° 26.449'

 

SB10

0.36 mi

2.95 mi

1° (N)

N38° 32.474'

W109° 26.441'

 

SB11

0.66 mi

3.62 mi

307° (NW)

N38° 32.819'

W109° 27.032'

 

SB12

0.10 mi

3.72 mi

68° (ENE)

N38° 32.853'

W109° 26.926'

 

SB13

0.22 mi

3.94 mi

352° (N)

N38° 33.043'

W109° 26.959'

 

SB14

0.33 mi

4.27 mi

98° (E)

N38° 33.002'

W109° 26.597'

 

SB15

0.19 mi

4.46 mi

121° (ESE)

N38° 32.917'

W109° 26.416'

 

SB16

0.23 mi

4.69 mi

59° (ENE)

N38° 33.020'

W109° 26.195'

 

SB17

0.46 mi

5.15 mi

118° (ESE)

N38° 32.832'

W109° 25.741'

 

SB18

1.01 mi

6.17 mi

145° (SE)

N38° 32.111'

W109° 25.096'

 

SB19

0.16 mi

6.33 mi

171° (S)

N38° 31.975'

W109° 25.070'

 

SB20

0.35 mi

6.68 mi

221° (SW)

N38° 31.746'

W109° 25.323'

 

SB21

0.35 mi

7.02 mi

280° (W)

N38° 31.800'

W109° 25.702'

 

SB22

0.43 mi

7.45 mi

153° (SSE)

N38° 31.468'

W109° 25.484'

 

SB23

0.38 mi

7.83 mi

120° (ESE)

N38° 31.300'

W109° 25.119'

 

SB24

0.82 mi

8.65 mi

165° (SSE)

N38° 30.615'

W109° 24.879'

 

SB25

0.88 mi

9.53 mi

131° (SE)

N38° 30.111'

W109° 24.145'

 

SB26

0.20 mi

9.74 mi

48° (NE)

N38° 30.229'

W109° 23.977'

 

SB27

0.63 mi

10.36 mi

150° (SSE)

N38° 29.758'

W109° 23.631'

 

SB28

1.09 mi

11.45 mi

200° (SSW)

N38° 28.875'

W109° 24.051'

 

SB29

0.13 mi

11.58 mi

264° (W)

N38° 28.862'

W109° 24.197'

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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