Our plan for that day was to run Devils Racetrack in the San Rafael Swell, but the weather forecast was pretty bad for this region, so that we decided to go towards Moab,UT and to run Seven Mile Rim trail. We left US191 at_12S 61109X 428708X (UTM/NAD27) and drove on Mill Canyon Road for a short time. At_12S 61023X 428687X we turned left towards Cotter Mine Road. We stayed left at the upcoming forks until we reached the right turn to Seven Mile Rim at_12S 61111X 428495X. Now the trail got slightly more rocky. The route leads around the outcropping in the background of the picture.

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

We passed Courthouse Rock. The trail itself doesn´t have any big obstacle at this point.

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

Because of the weather we did not go to Uranium Arch this time. Instead we went on a sandy trail towards Monitor und Merrimac Butte:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

Here a view back on the sandy trail:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

We continued towards the ‘Buttes’. The vicinity is also pretty nice.

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

Soon we were between Monitor und Merrimac Butte.

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

The following picture shows a trail portion, where your vehicle has to go through:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

We continued on slickrock:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

Here again a view back to where we came from:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

And here into the surrounding area:.

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

We got catched by a group of american offroaders…

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

…and joined that group:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

After short time we had a stop and used the time for a very nice conversation with the colleagues:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

After the break we proceeded on the trail:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

Soon we arrived a the famous steep wall::

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

Everybody ‘jumped’ over the big ledge instead of using the bypass.

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

We all had a short stop at the wall section…

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

…before we went further:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

After this we left the group towards Mill Canyon Road as the colleagues wanted to play a little bit at Wipe Out Hill.

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

Again we enjoyed the vicinity:

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

And here a few more pictures of the ongoing trail::

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

At the end we went through the narrow Tusher Canyon back to Mill Canyon Road, which we met at_12S 60777X 428628X.

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

7 Mile Rim, Moab, UT

Seven Mile Rim-Trail is rated in the Charles A. Wells trail book as difficult. One should have the right vehicle, which allows to go on trails like this. I personally would rate this trail as moderate and not as difficult, but everybody has to judge this himself based on his vehicle and his driving skills.

For a better orientation, one can downlload a gpx file of this trip:

Tracklog: Seven Mile Rim, Moab, UT (87 downloads)

And here is an overview of the area, we visited: