Moab 17 D4 Mashed Potatoes & 3D Started our days trail riding in Moab Day 4 on parts of the 3D Jeep Trail with the highlight being the all too short Mash Potatoes trail. It was fun while it lasted. After this, we headed out west to explore Secret Spire and Dellenbaugh Tunnel areas. I actually rode this trail twice. The first time somehow the video camera didn't record the ride so I re-rode it when ejfranz showed up in town. Hit some sand on the way. ...and this wouldn't be the last sand of the day. Matter of fact, riding in the sand should be included in your plans for every ride. Riding through said "Scoops of Mashed Potatoes" I didn't realize mashed potatoes could be so tall. They appear so little on the box. Thankfully, there are go-arounds for some of the harder 'taters. What's a good way to eat mashed potatoes, with gravy of course? The trails "gravy bowl" in on left here. Lots of jeeps go through this "I ain't gonna try it on a TW" obstacle. The trail begins close to the entrance of Hidden Canyon. Here is the exit at the junction of the Hidden Canyon Rim trail, which is also part of the Jeep Easter Safari's 3-D route. The maps can be confusing all over Moab as sometimes a trail ride or route like the Jeep 3-D is marked on the map and it looks like the actual trail or road name when in fact it's just part of a planned ride/driving route. Both route and road/trail names can appear for the same road/trail/route on the map. Hopefully, this explanation is just as confusing as what you can see on a map. This way you'll know what to expect when you look at the maps. ...then add the gps tracks and names etc... Oofta! You'll be awestruck when you see some of the pure rock basins. Mashed Potatoes trail is not that long but there are plenty of other trails in the same area and you can spend all day riding out here. Tusher Canyon, Hidden Canyon Rim Tr (aka 3-D), Hidden Canyon (fun fun fun sand wash), Bartlette Wash/Bartlette Flat area trails. Can also link into Wipeout Hill Tr, 7MR, M&M trail systems to make it a huge full day. After we finished the 'tater trail, we listened to our forefathers calling. "Head west my son". So we did...to Dellenbaugh Tunnel and Secret Spire area. The second part of the day we spent riding bits and pieces of the Secret Spire trail which took us to Dellenbaugh Tunnel, Secret Spire and a lot of cool places in the surrounding area. Unfortunately, my camera stopped (batteries, full disk? I dunno) but still the riding was easy and fun. On the way from camp to the Secret Spire area is a long of nothingness and then all of a sudden out jumps some fantastic views. On the "one" of the maps, this is called Tombstone Rock. I get it. Pretty awesome looking up on the backside of Tombstone Kinda bumpy road down to Dellenbaugh but well worth it. They now have a parking area for Dellenbaugh tunnel. ejfranz tells me last year you could ride all around the area which is now hiking only. We hiked. Outta the tunnel and walking towards the canyon on the other side of the tunnel. Stig uncovered (without helmet ha ha). I think Dellenbaugh Tunnel and Secret Spire on the other side are the beginning part of Spring Canyon which is part of the Hey Joe Canyon Jeep Safari Trail. You can see Tombstone Rock in the background. Me & Stig out on the shelf. I think I crawled the last few feet. Yup, me scared of heights I am. Found a geocache on the way back to the tunnel. It's in bad shape, but I signed it. I do geocache but usually not in Moab as I don't have time while riding and too tired after riding. Canyon end of the tunnel entrance/exit We then rode around the block (canyon) to Secret Spire. I'd give you directions how to get there but...you guessed it, it's a secret! Little bigger than I though up close We hiked around the area as there is plenty of other cool looking places to see Looking down Spring Canyon towards Green River from Secret Spire Lots of hideout areas for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid. I made that up as I don't think they hid out here Stig in the what I named "Eye of the Gorilla Arch" Looked like a gorilla face to me. Eye, then nose on a big mouth area at the bottom. Could also be "The Gorilla Sphinx Arch". Even the nose has an arch. Found color near Secret Spire after Dellenbaugh Tunnel & Secret Spire we rode the easy parts of Rainbow Terrace Trail which is part of the Jeep Safari Crystal Geyser Jeep Trail. Another easy spot Then headed back towards Tombstone Rock Lotta cool trail riding in the area but we gotta head back to camp. Instead of taking pavement all the way back to camp, we decided to take a shortcut and turned off on Wipeout Hill trail. Here we are waiting our turn to ride up Wipeout Hill Not. We ain't crazy but ejfranz did take a look a potential way up. We rode the lower motorcycle bypass and took 7-Mile Rim Trail back to camp And that's it for day 4. To be continued on day 5.