The Chute is a steep series of off angled stair steps and ledges. It rises rapidly from the valley floor to the top of the ridge. This section can be more challenging than The Steps because the angles are awkward and there is a lack of wide landings in between the steps. One of the worst ledges is at least four feet high, but a slightly angled face makes it possible for a lifted KJ to get up the ledge without getting high centered. Rock rails, if you have them, are certain to be used here.
Once over The Chute, we had only one more major obstacle on our way out of the forest. We had all gotten to take turns seeing how much stuffing our fenders could take. As you can see from the GPS track of the trip, we ventured down two side roads. They were rather uneventful and fruitless. We anticipate that the dashed road going southeast from The Cave will have much more in store for us, as it crosses several contour lines, and we’re already counting down the days for our next excursion.
For a one day event, this trip had all the excitement and camaraderie you could ask for this side of Moab. By bringing our families, enjoying a potluck lunch, and going for a meal at trails’ end, we were able to ensure that everyone enjoyed the Jeep lifestyle today. With plenty of spotting, slick rock, and mud, this has become our favorite spot in the Midwest. The National Forests (and State Forests as well) have a variety of roads that are ideal for jeeping but are rarely considered. So, don’t miss out; check into your local State and National Forests for a free and exciting backyard wheeling adventure.
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