Clingmans Dome

Wander Offroad spent the weekend of November 9th and 10th in TN and NC. We spent some time on the Cherohala Skyway and saw Bald River Falls, and over into NC and then up to Clingmans Dome. Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains at 6643ft.


Epic Road Trip – Day 8 ( Part 2 ) – Onion Creek

After the group ran Top of the World and headed back, I split off and ran Onion Creek Trail.  It is also located on Highway 128 and is a 11.4 mile dirt road.  You cross over the creek about 17 times but the creek was rarely more than a few inches deep. The views and rock formations are stunning in this area but the real highlight is driving through the Fisher Valley.

Top of the World overlook is up there somewhere.

A few miles down Highway 128 is BLM road 98.  It is a long straight out and back and makes for some great photos.

After that, I ventured into Arches National Park to catch the sunset.


Epic Road Trip – Day 8 ( Part 1 ) – Top of the World

Day 8 plans were to run Top of the World, which is my favorite trail because of the awesome view at the top.  Nowhere else that I know that you can park your Jeep on the edge of a cliff  with a 3000-ft drop off.   The trail is 18.9 miles out and back and is rated as difficult.   We had several friends join us for this trek.

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Early Morning photo op outside the Poison Spider Bike Shop!!

To get to the trail head, we had to run 32 miles out highway 128 to Dewey Bridge.  Along 128 you are running right next to the Colorado River.  It’s cut through the rock to form its own canyon with stunning vistas all along the way.

The old Dewey Bridge.  The bridge was built in 1916, and originally carried SR-128 across the Colorado River.  On the day of its completion, it was the second-longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi River. On April 6, 2008,  a fire which started in a nearby campground destroyed the bridge’s wooden deck and rails.  The metal framing is all that is left.

The line up.  We stopped at the trailhead to air down, disconnect and prepare the head up the trail.

One of the first major obstacles of the trail. Picking you line and watching your spotter was critical here!

The views just get more amazing the higher we ride!

Top of the World Overlook has a spectacular view of Fisher Valley, Onion Creek, and the La Sal Mountains.  We spent several hours at the top, took lots of photos – each having a turn at the overlook.  We also had lunch and shared stories all the while.

“LIVE A GREAT STORY”  What an awesome moto!!

After we all had a chance to grab photos, it was time to head down 😦 and back to town.

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