Running south from the intersection of Moab
, and Dos Equis, there is a short, rocky climb that marks a distinct change in character in the trail. The tread becomes less refined and narrower with more rocky molars in the trail tread. There is sometimes significant exposure. Still cross-country in nature with no large obstacles, in general, the trail-tread is stable and secure.
Midway through the run, the trail doubles back on itself and drops down into the wash, down a very steep section that is deeply eroded with loose, unstable tread and deep cuts. This is followed by an equally eroded, trail back out of the wash.
Following this is a segment that is almost boring by comparison. The turns are more gradual, there are no unexpected rocks. The trail seems so milk-toast, it's easy not to notice the steep drop on the outside.
The fun's mostly over at this point. The trail peters out as you approach the canal and it's easy to find yourself following what LOOKs like the most used path, only to have it dead-end at the top or bottom of an impossible slope. Keep your chin up and make your way toward the canal and you'll eventually hit the sand roads that lead back to the canal.