Bzzackwards is one of our newer trails, developed for the 2016 Winter 4x4 Jamboree. The name is is a derivitive from buzz and backwards. Parts of Bzzackwards definately will get your attention and towards the end, the trail follows the West Rim Trail in reverse. If you have only been on West Trail going the normal direction, running it backwards will seem like a whole new trail with many new challenges and views.
The trail starts at the Green Gate and works its way south, then west on a few challenging fins and climbs along East Fenceline, passing by the end of the Double Sammy Trail. After crossing the fence, the trail turns to the south and up the Dunes to a tricky descent down Comp Hill. Winding along above the rim, there is a drop into a hard right and climb that will test unlocked vehicles. From there, the trail comes to the ledge where the Maze trail ends. During Winter 4x4 Jamboree, there will usually be a crowd of spectators watching the action in the "Soup Bowl" (a 10 rated optional obstacle just below the ledge. Then the trail reaches the end of the West Rim Trail at the Rock Garden area. Backtracking along West Rim, the track takes several scenic diversions offering new vistas and passes a few small arches.
Bzzackwards runs from the Northeast corner of Sand Mountain to the Southwest corner, including almost every view available along the way. Track along the tops of 700 foot cliffs and see the Pine Valley Range, which is usually snow capped during Winter 4x4 Jamboree. The rock formations along the way include many HooDoos and a few arches and natural windows. Be sure to bring your camera!
There are several areas of sand dunes, climbing slickrock fins, and some moderate rock crawling areas. Traction is good rain or shine, so this is a very consistent difficulty.
There are several obstacles along Bzzackwards that earn it the 5 rating. The descent off a rock fin and up the other side within the first mile of the trail may require a spotter for novice drivers. The trail up the sand dunes is not usually a problem, especially during winter, when the sand is wet and offers good traction. The descent down Comp Hill gets the attention of sand neophytes, but only requires following the fall line to make for a safe ride down. The most difficult obstacle is Butt Dragon, which starts with a notched drop-in and immediate climb out to the right that will test the clearance of bumpers and nerves of drivers. Most of the rest of Bzzackwards is more scenic and less challenging, but some of the obstacles that are relatively easy on West Rim are a little more exciting when run "Bzzackwards".