View Full Version : Arch Canyon, UT - April 2011

04-03-2011, 09:15 PM
Us and Our neighbors headed out to Arch Canyon this weekend. Just a quick couple of days out of town. Weather was good until noon on Sunday otherwise we would have headed up to Hotel Rock too.

We camped at the mouth of Arch Canyon. Lots of space there for a larger group. Next time I'm there I want to camp at the end of the 4x4 trail and spend more time exploring the top of the canyon by foot.

There's a great campsite up there with room for 4 rigs comfortably. Maybe as many as 8 if your traveling light and don't mind being packed in tight. There really is not anywhere good to camp along the way up.

I did not take many pics but enjoy the few I got. First group a little break to stop and feed Bridger.

04-03-2011, 09:20 PM
Few more from the end of the 4x4 trail. It is an easy trail just really narrow. Don't take anything up there that won't like a fresh set of pin stripes. The vegetation is tight. My HAM antenna took a severe beating.

04-03-2011, 09:25 PM
Last few. Clearing in the trees is the campsite at the top. You can see one of the arches from there. Water was flowing but no much. I would not wanted to be up there relaying on the creek for a water supply. But it had a few pools big enough for a doggy dip to cool off. Deepest water crossing for us was maybe a foot deep. Banks showed the potential of much higher water though.

04-03-2011, 09:26 PM
Great pics Corbet! I loved that trail when I did it a couple years ago as part of Cruise Moab! The water was flowing a little bit more that year!

04-04-2011, 10:10 AM
Looks like fun. That's an area I've been wanting to check out for years. Looks like a perfect long weekend spot to take the fam. :thumb:

04-04-2011, 10:18 AM
yeap.. arch canyon is cool. Nice pics corbett

04-04-2011, 12:50 PM
Looks like a scenic easy trail... any issues for stock vehicles?

Thanks for the pics, it looks great!


04-04-2011, 01:03 PM
There were some drops into the creek that could possibly scrape, say, the rear overhang on your Sequoia. But IIRC it's mostly sand, so all you'd really need to worry about is the pinstripes from overgrown foliage. There were rules a couple years ago about how far you could drive up, especially with a group, due to owl nesting or something. Not sure if it's the same. All I know is that there were people picketing Arch Canyon's use by 4x4 vehicles on a Wednesday morning when I ran it with some of the Wasatch boys. Wondered if those people had actual jobs? :confused: Some rangers watched pretty closely too, I believe they caught up to us while we were eating lunch at the end of the trail just to make sure everything was hunky dory.

04-04-2011, 05:33 PM
We camp and hike/4x4 Arch canyon quite often. For years the "Old Wilderness Broads" have been trying to close the trail, luckely they have not yet suceeded. Also where are the pictures of the ruins on the upper ledges ah, missed them, most people do. Part way up the canyon one on the right we call the jail house and a large set of ruins on the left.

04-04-2011, 07:23 PM
Nice pics. Most of the scratches on my 80 are courtesy of Arch Canyon. Nice scenery, but you wouldn't want to take a freshly painted truck on that trail.

04-04-2011, 07:35 PM
Definitely a 4+ trail if your rating the pinstripes.

No issues for a stock truck. There was one tricky rock to drive around with a high bank on the opposite side of the trail. Your truck really leans to the side to go around it. Not difficult just intimidating when your leaning over towards that sharp pointy rock that wants to tear open your doors as you go by.

04-04-2011, 08:38 PM
Hm. Don't remember that obstacle. But then again I was driving an FJ40 with no doors :D

04-05-2011, 03:45 PM
Hi Corbet,
Why is the winch cable de-spooled?

04-05-2011, 03:55 PM
He didn't realize you had to pay extra for the spool in option. :p:

04-05-2011, 08:08 PM
Hi Corbet,
Why is the winch cable de-spooled?

Winch spool in no worky. I went to use it during the pre-run and it would spool out but not in. I spent half the day trouble shooting today. Far as I can tell my solenoid is shot. But I could not figure out the right combo of rearranging the cables to run the motor in the other direction.

Long story short, I think I need a new winch.

04-06-2011, 01:47 AM
Winch spool in no worky. I went to use it during the pre-run and it would spool out but not in. I spent half the day trouble shooting today. Far as I can tell my solenoid is shot. But I could not figure out the right combo of rearranging the cables to run the motor in the other direction.

Which winch make is it? On my XD9000 when it went nuts and would run but not shut back off (made for an interesting moment on the snow run a few years ago) I finally figured out it was something simple...One of the wires in the control box came in contact with one of the brass bars, melted the wire's sheathing, and created a short. Warn was nice enough to send me an upgraded wire harness that worked with their newer winch controller on account that they insisted at first that the problem was the controller...I guess they felt bad that I spent the money on a new controller that didn't fix the problem :hill: - I discovered the melted wire when I was replacing the old harness with the new one IIRC.

Long story short, check all of your wires in the control box (assuming it is a Warn winch) for shorts :D

04-06-2011, 08:53 AM
I completely disassembled the winch (T-Max 9000) yesterday. I could not find an obvious problem. Best I can tell is that the solenoid is sticking. If I have some time today I'll play with the solenoid. T-Max is out of business so no direct fit parts for me.

But it looks like I'll be saving my pennies for a new winch. Looking at the new Superwinch Talon 12500. Street price looks to be a little under $1200. http://www.superwinch.com/products/productdetail/Talon%2012.5%20SR%20%26%238211%3B%2012%2C500%20lbs/12V/part_number=1612201/4377.