2018 Easter Jeep Safari Trail Report: Tip Toe Through Hell #EJS2018Posted in Moab Experience: 2018 on March 28, 2018
One of the premier slickrock 4x4 trails in the Moab, Utah, area is the Hell’s Revenge Trail. It carries a trail rating (as assigned by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers) of 6 – which means it is difficult, with steps not exceeding 36 inches, and features considerable slickrock expanses (some that are very steep), and requires traction-adding devices (lockers or limited-slip devices) in both axles.
However, the trail we ran was the Tip Toe Through Hell Trail (rated 4 by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers). It’s a trail designed for nearly all vehicles (not just super modified rigs), but it follows most of the Hell’s Revenge Trail, taking all the bypasses around the extremely difficult sections, while still offering participants the option to test their skills and machine in Hell’s Revenge’s famous obstacles.
Those obstacles begin with the entrance to the trail along a tall sandstone fin that’s just wide enough for a Jeep. After this initial climb, you will have lost all nervousness about driving on steep slickrock. The major portion of the Tip Toe Through Hell Trail includes steep climbs and descents on slickrock, sharp turns, sandstone staircases, sandy dirt, and some blow sand.
The obstacles have names like Tip Over Challenge, Rubble Trouble, Hell’s Gate and The Escalator (both very steep climbs up a cleft in the sandstone), and The Bathtub (a very deep hole that usually has water in it that is easy to get into, but not easy to get out of). The scenery is spectacular with the La Sal Mountains ever present in the background, and there is an overlook along the trail that allows a view down into the Colorado River. The area is a maze of sandstone fins, and plateaus with clefts and canyons cutting through them. We left town (Moab) at about 9 a.m. and were back off the trail about 3 p.m., so it takes a good slice of your day to complete this trail, but keep in mind that we spend about an hour having lunch and watching people tackle Hell’s Gate (see the video). Check out the gallery of photos below from our day on Tip Toe Through Hell Trail.