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2000 Santiago's Revised Run in Shredder Canyon

Posted in Events on December 1, 1999
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Kurtiss Humphrey was not afraid to bail off the side of the canyon in his ’86 CJ-7. Give it hell, Kurtiss. Kurtiss Humphrey was not afraid to bail off the side of the canyon in his ’86 CJ-7. Give it hell, Kurtiss.
Samurai is the perfect name for Louis Damiano’s ’86 Suzuki, as demonstrated by his warrior-like attack on Shredder’s difficult sections. Samurai is the perfect name for Louis Damiano’s ’86 Suzuki, as demonstrated by his warrior-like attack on Shredder’s difficult sections.
Rick and Dottie Clark are set up nicely in their new ’98 TJ. With a Tera Flex   4-inch lift and 33-inch BFGs, Rick will tackle any obstacle put in his way. Right, Dottie? Rick and Dottie Clark are set up nicely in their new ’98 TJ. With a Tera Flex 4-inch lift and 33-inch BFGs, Rick will tackle any obstacle put in his way. Right, Dottie?
Cheri Burrow’s SHE-J7 is no stranger to hard-core ’wheelin’. Cheri Burrow’s SHE-J7 is no stranger to hard-core ’wheelin’.
Curt Perry of Two Guys Jeep Parts builds custom Jeeps for a living. His ’81 Scrambler is a prime example of his work and is designed to tackle rough trails such as Shredder with ease. Wherever there is extreme rockcrawling, you’ll find Curt and his wife Kristen leading the pack. Curt Perry of Two Guys Jeep Parts builds custom Jeeps for a living. His ’81 Scrambler is a prime example of his work and is designed to tackle rough trails such as Shredder with ease. Wherever there is extreme rockcrawling, you’ll find Curt and his wife Kristen leading the pack.
Hi-Desert 'Wheelin'. Hi-Desert 'Wheelin'.

After their favorite rugged trail was closed, the Hi-Desert 4-Wheelers out of Palmdale, California, didn’t let it get them down. In fact, they went out and adopted an even more gnarly trail, dubbed it Shredder Canyon, and added it to the lineup for their 2000 Santiago’s Revised Run. This event will be held in April and will include Alimony Ridge and Rowher Flats as well as the newly acquired Shredder Canyon trail. Curt Perry of Hi-Desert 4-Wheelers invited us on a trial run of Shredder recently, and we were impressed with the technical difficulty of the trail. It may be only half a mile long, but it’ll take most people a day to complete.

After meeting the club for breakfast on a hot Sunday morning, our nine rigs headed east about 10 miles on a desert highway fringed with Joshua trees and scattered homesteads. The trail is located in the high desert near the small, dusty town of Lake Los Angeles and is situated on private property. Curt obtained written permission from the owner to use the area and asks that anyone interested in running it call the club first. As mentioned earlier, Shredder is merely half a mile long, rocky, steep, and definitely not for wimps. The first section is a nasty little dry waterfall about 8 feet tall and radical enough to get your adrenaline pumping. Imagine a rocky wash carved by the wind and rain, strewn with giant boulders, constantly in sweltering heat, with more than a few rattlesnakes to keep you on your toes, and you’ve got Shredder Canyon.

Our group was led by trail veteran Don Mousseau, who’s ascent of the waterfall in his built-to-the-hilt TJ looked like child’s play. The rigs followed Don’s lead one by one and were soon deep in the clutches of Shredder’s menacing grip. This type of extreme desert ’wheelin’ requires a low-geared machine with mucho clearance, gigante’ flex, and grande huevos. These guys seemed to have the proper setups and worked their way methodically up the canyon.

Large boulders provide continuous challenges, and the obstacles command your complete attention as you approach the top of the trail. The steep downhill section becomes narrower, often confining you to only one line through the boulders. This is a great place to test your articulation and driving skill, because cross-ups are inevitable.

As you near the bottom, the trail splits for the first time, giving more advanced drivers a chance to show off a little. Don decided to take advantage of this and veered left through a section that looked too tight for his Jeep. To our surprise, he squeezed through the slot by the skin of his teeth, almost shredding the whole right side on a jagged boulder. He just smiled and said, “How do you think this canyon got its name?”

Although this trail is short in length, it offers a lot of challenges for weekend rockcrawlers. For a new local trail, Shredder Canyon is hard-core four-wheeling at its best.

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