Went on a solo motorcycle ride (BMW dual sport) in November and chose this trail, leaving from Moab, heading south on Potash road, then on to Shafer. What a great trip, espcially the climb out on Shafer road. Indeed, the road is challenging and inspires lotsa white knuckles and breath holding, but really there's no danger for anyone with a decent 4-wheel drive vehicle or appropriate motorcycle. I couldn't help but notice that there were NOT piles of crashed vehicles at the bottom of the road-side cliffs. Nor were there ambulances racing to and fro with loads of crash victims. Those in your party who are either inexperienced in off-road travel and/or easily scared will; however, probably get freaked out. More good news, when I was there it was very uncrowded, so I could pull over whenever I wanted and take in the scenery all along the route, including on the grade of the Shafer trail hill itself. I ate my PBJ on the cliff with my attached photo...could walk around comfortably with plenty of elbow room, worth noting if you are planning on going with people who may need to periodically get outa the car to spare your ears from their shrieking. The scenery is unbelievable, indescribable. For me, this real-life thrill was much better than a day @ Disneyland. Truly awesome!
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