Since some of us had to leave Moab today and all of the bikes had to go, we were looking for a ride that was easy and close. Yeah, we chose Steelbender. Close? Yes. Easy? Not so much.
A little world wide interweb time last night yielded one option: Steelbender trail --also known as Flat Pass. You can enter Steelbender from the south near Ken's Lake (reservoir for Moab) or north near the golf course.
I'm not sure who named this trail, but I can imagine after four or five hours out there in a jeep or on an ATV, you would have some bent steel. And aluminum. And cracked plastic. It's rocky, dusty, and steep yet incredibly enjoyable. There are wet creek crossings, dry riverbeds, some Slickrock and rock walls so high and craggy you wonder how anyone makes it to the top.
The ride out the pass is gorgeous. One moment we are in desert highlands, the next a green valley, then a rocky pass and finally Moab 90210.