Truth in Advertising: Carnage Canyon Lives Up to NamePosted in Events on September 26, 2016
Hell's Revenge is one of our favorite trails in Moab, Utah. It is close to town and has amazing views, and there are a lot of options to keep various levels of vehicles and drivers engaged. It is not, however, difficult enough to warrant a name like Hell's Revenge. You might have even seen video on YouTube of a Crown Victoria conquering this trail. We wondered if we were in for the same situation on a recent trip to Carnage Canyon in Colorado. “Carnage Canyon”? We admit we are jaded. We rolled our eyes at the name. Until we got there, that is.
This trail is the real deal. You don't have to take our word for it though. Our visit coincided with the Fourth of July holiday, and there were some wheelers at the trail who had come all the way from Iowa to conquer some of Colorado's toughest terrain. They were not disappointed with what they found. It took all day to travel just a mile through Carnage Canyon. Part of the issue was that recent thundershowers had put a premium on traction, but when you are trying to crawl up sheer granite ledges there isn't a lot of traction to start with. If you have a Jeep with 35-inch-tall tires and sheetmetal that you care about, the trailhead for Carnage Canyon is the same as Chinaman Gulch. Stick to Chinaman, or drive around the access road to the end of the trail to get a glimpse of the worst of it. You could easily call this trail Winching Wash; it would certainly live up to that moniker as well as Carnage Canyon.