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Hell’s Revenge Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Hell’s Revenge Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Hell’s Revenge Trail Ride – May 17th, 2014

On the last day of the 2014 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks we sponsored the Hells Revenge Trail.  This trail is well known for its large slick rock sections and optional obstacles; Hell’s Gate, Mickey’s Bathtub, Devils Bathtub, the Escalator and Tip Over Challenge.  Our ride went very smooth this day, so to keep the story short, I’ve captioned a few of my favorite photos from the day. You’ll also find some additional photos at the bottom. (click to enlarge)

Big thanks to all the sponsors and participants of the 2014 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks event.  We had a blast hitting the trails and hanging out with everyone.  If you are in the market for a new set of wheels or tires look us up.  We want to earn your business for life so we’ll work hard for you.

With another Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks event in the books I can’t wait to do it all again next year.  I hope to see you on the trails! – Thank you for reading! – Don

Hell’s Revenge Trail Pictures

Hells Revenge Trail Ride

Slick Rock Section on Hell’s Revenge Trail

Hell's Gate

Looking down at the bottom on Hell’s gate while vehicles wait to climb up.

Hell's Gate on Hell's Revenge

Climbing to the top of Hell’s Gate.

One of two large bath tubs on Hell's Revenge Trail

Heading for a dip in Mickey’s bathtub

Hell's Revenge Trail Photos

I conquered “The Escalator”…. with a little help.

Tip Over Challenge - Hells Revenge

Lifting a tire on “Tip Over Challenge” – Hang on!

Tip Over Challenge

Stretching to reach the top of Tip Over Challenge.

More Hell’s Revenge Trail Photos (Click to enlarge):

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Moab Rim Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014 Trail Ride May 14, 2014

Moab Rim Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Moab Rim Trail Ride – May 16, 2014

 At the drivers meeting we met our trail guide “Woody”.   He attends many off road events and is also the owner of www.ih8mud.com.  Woody was voted as the trail guide of the year for his involvement at the 2013 event.  We were happy to have him on the Moab Rim Trail with us for the day.

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The Moab Rim trail gets started quickly with a steep climb along the Colorado River.  The first obstacle, known as the crack, can be somewhat challenging if you don’t hit the step just right. 

The Crack on Moab Rim Trail

At the crack we put tow straps on a few shorter rigs just to make sure they did not end up on their side.  Shortly after helping a vehicle over the crack I heard some commotion behind me.  Sure enough one of the vehicles ended up on its side a short distance up the trail.  Thankfully no one was hurt and the vehicle was able to continue after it was back on its wheels.

Side By side Flop on Moab Rim Trail

After everyone made it over the crack we continued on to the Z turn.  The Z turn has multiple lines and some are very difficult.  An Arctic Cat WildCat found this out the hard way and broke the rear drive line.  The owner decided to park it off to the side of the trail and repair it later.  Pictures don’t capture how rugged the Z Turn actually is.

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Once through the Z turn the trail is pretty easy other than some off camber spots and a few optional obstacles.  At the top of Moab Rim there is an excellent view of Moab down below and you can also see the snow topped La Sal Mountains in the distance.  We stopped here for lunch and took in all the beauty.

View from the top of Moab Rim

Lunch stop on the Moab Rim Trail

With full bellies, we saddled up and continued on toward the sand hill.  This part of the trail is a small loop that connects back up to the main trail.  There is an optional steep, sandy hill to climb that reminds me of the dunes at Sand Hollow State Park.

Sand Hill on Moab Rim Trail

I had a blast watching the drivers race up the hill.  One of our guys, Addam, jumped into the RZR 4 1000 demo unit I had.  I told him “Give me one more good roost!” and he did, reluctantly of course, but within 30 feet the belt exploded.  (Go figure.)  Fortunately, another one of our guys had a spare belt and Addam was able to change out the shredded belt within minutes.

RZR 1000 Belt replacement

Back on the main trail we passed a few small water holes and then started dropping back down the side of the rim.   Just before our return to the Z turn Woody and a participant helped winch a boulder out from under a stuck Jeep Cherokee.  With the Jeep freed the owners could go about replacing their broken parts.

Helping a Jeep on Moab Rim Trail

We made it back to the Z-turn and going down it can be just as frightening as climbing up it.  Watching some of the faces as the machines came down the Z turn was a blast.

The Z Turn on Moab rim Trail

Back at the broken Wildcat the owner decided to try to limp it back down to the trail head. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on his side and he ended up bending a tie-rod and breaking one of the front axles.  After removing the bent tie-rod a few guys were able to straighten it with the assistance of a steel fence post. Amazingly, it worked and didn’t damage the fence post either. 

Trail fix on Moab Rim trail

After getting everything back together the driver needed to be extremely careful and not stress the tie-rod again.  To help, the group that was left actually pushed the Wildcat down the rest of the Moab Rim Trail to the parking lot.  What an awesome group effort.

It happened to be a long day on the trail but fun none the less.  To me there is nothing better than spending the day on the trail with good friends.

Note: Special thanks to ZBROZ Racing for quickly fixing one of our RZR’s before this trail ride.  Thank you ZBROZ!

Here are some additional photos from our ride on the Moab Rim Trail:

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Want to see more pictures from the Moab Rim trail?  Here’s a link to our Moab Rim Trail Pictures from the 2013 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks

 

Cliffhanger Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Cliffhanger Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Trail Ride May 15, 2014

After the Discount Tire drivers meeting with free coffee, donuts and a surprise raffle we lined up at the Old Spanish Trail Arena and awaited a police escort to take us to the Cliffhanger Trail.

With the sun reflecting off the mountains in the background it was great to see people milling around, talking to fellow riders and anxiously waiting for the ride to start.

Drivers Meeting for Cliffhanger Trail

As we arrived at the Clifhanger trail head there was a huge line of side by sides going by for different trails.  It’s awesome to see so many off road enthusiasts getting out and enjoying the trails together.

Road leading the the Cliffhanger Trail Trailhead

At the start of Cliffhanger there are a series of large ledges that lead down to a creek at the bottom of the canyon.  After crossing the creek,  the trail can quickly justify the common 7 out of 10 difficulty rating many off road authorities claim.  

On our ride, a Polaris RZR 4 1000 ahead of me was attempting to climb a steep waterfall.  He took the wrong line and flopped over, landing hard on the driver’s side door. Thankfully he kept his arms inside the vehicle and was not injured.  After getting him out of his RZR our group worked together to figure out how to get him back on his wheels quickly.  Luckily there was only minor cosmetic damage and the vehicle was able to continue.

Side by Side Flop on the Cliffhanger Trail

Moments later, one of our Discount Tire vehicles attempted a slightly easier line but the left rear tire smashed hard into a protruding rock puncturing the tire and bending the lower trailing arm badly.  This was not a good way to start the day.  Not wanting to hold the group up, we decided to park the vehicle out of the way and come back for it later. 

Bent Trailing Arm on Polaris RZR Cliffhanger Trail

This trail has many obstacles to test both man and machine but the one that is most feared is near the edge of the main cliff.  There is a steep stair step that is just feet away from a several hundred foot drop off.  Going down isn’t too bad but coming back up can be challenging.

Obstacle on Cliffhanger Trail

If you have a fear of heights this trail may not be for you.

Cliffhanger Trail

Like the Poison Spider Mesa Trail, the Cliffhanger Trail ends with a loop that brings you back to the trail head where you began.  The turn around spot is a perfect place to stop for lunch.  Some daring souls stood at the edge of the cliff to peer down at the ground below.  It is an eerie feeling and it makes you want to hold your breath.

Viewpoint on Cliffhanger Trail

Lunch stop on Cliffhanger Trail

During our lunch stop I noticed this creative use for a small tactical style trail bag that we handed out.

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After lunch we started making our way back to the Cliffhanger trail head and as suspected the steep stair step on the cliff edge proved to be challenging.  A Can-Am 4 – 1000 was the first to have a problem.  While maneuvering the steps he bent a tie-rod.  The driver and some helpers tried to straighten it out but the tie rod was now too weak.  After bolting it back in the vehicle moved about one foot before the tie rod snapped in half.  With no spare parts and no other options the vehicle had to be left until spare parts could be brought back from town.  Fortunately, we had some extra seats for them to get back to the trail head.

Cliffhanger Trail

As we continued along the trail a few other machines ran into problems also but we were able to keep them moving.

As we made it back down to the creek we stopped and picked up the Polaris RZR 4 900 that we left earlier in the day.  Our guys had to put some plugs in the flat tire so we could limp it back to the trailer with its broken trailing arm.

Trail Side Tire Repair on Cliffhanger Trail

Just behind us, the last RZR up the hill had just one wheel drive but with some helpful winching from a participant he made it out safely.

Winching out of Cliffhanger Trail

When we got to the road the trailer and a little bit of playful taunting was waiting for us.  This ended up being a long day for such a short trail but it always puts a huge smile on my face when I reflect on how everyone pitched in to help without complaint.

Below are some additional photos from our excellent adventure on the Cliffhanger Trail.  Enjoy!!

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Poison Spider Mesa Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Poison Spider Mesa Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Trail Ride May 14, 2014

Poison Spider Mesa Trail is one of my favorite trails.   It has outstanding scenery and plenty of challenges that will bite you if you are not paying attention.

Poison Spider Mesa Trail  - Trailhead

Right out of the gate there is a section of switchbacks as the trail makes a steep climb up to the top of Poison Spider Mesa.  Several large rock ledges and some fun slick rock sections test the nerves of drivers and passengers alike.

Slick Rock climb on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

It’s always a blast watching different types of vehicles and drivers as they test their comfort zones while navigating the trail.  The smiles after making it up a nerve wrenching obstacle are priceless.

Happy Participant at Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks

Throughout the Poison Spider Mesa Trail trail there are many obstacles and it’s always helpful to have a trail guide or good spotter with you.  The trail guides at the Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks did a great job for everyone on the Poison Spider Mesa Trail this day.  They helped keep everyone as safe as possible while still allowing the adrenaline rush to occasionally kick in.  Below you can see one of our trail guides lending an extra hand (or should I say body) to help the driver power out of the obstacle referred to as “The Wedge”.

The Wedgie on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

The views from our lunch spot at Little Arch are nothing short of spectacular. From the top you get a clear view through the Little Arch down to the Colorado River far below.  Across the canyon you can see the Moab Rim Trail as it scales its way up,  just below the giant red rock bluff.  It is one of the best, and my personal favorite, viewpoints on the trail.

Little Arch on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

Little Arch Viewpoint on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

After lunch we all loaded back up and continued on.  Since there was quite a rain storm the weekend before there were some large puddles that added to the difficulty of the trail.  Even with wet tires everyone was able to motor on without too much slippage.

Poison Spider Mesa Trail

The Poison Spider Mesa trail basically ends with a loop that brings you back out the same way you came in.   On the way out there is one optional steep climb that can be a fun challenge.  As you can see here, this couple put on a good show for the crowd.

Lifting Tires on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

We eventually arrived back at the the trail head all in one piece and with smiles on our faces.  This was a great trail ride to start off our Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks event week.

Here are a few more pictures from the trail. (Click to enlarge) Enjoy!

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Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project – 2014

Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project 2014

Before kicking off the 2014 Discount Tire Rally On The Rocks we teamed up with Tread Lightly!, KYMCO and the Moab Utah Bureau of Land Management for a Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project.

Just outside of Moab, UT we arrived early at the slick rock parking lot to meet everyone.  We quickly went over the scope of work then loaded up tools, fence posts, fence wire and a few other supplies to get the job done.  Thankfully, we had plenty of side by sides to haul all of the equipment.

Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project day - Meeting Location

Off we went! It was a little precarious having to travel up and down the steep terrain.  Many of our vehicles were heavily loaded with fencing and tools.  The slick rock on Hell’s Revenge can turn your knuckles white when you aren’t carrying heavy loads.

Heading out to the Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project work sites

Once at our Hell’s Revenge restoration site the Utah BLM along with Tread Lightly! quickly organized us into two groups.  Each group was responsible for building a separate section of fence.  The fencing would help keep motorists, bicyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts from widening the trail beyond its original path.

We used a gas powered drill (the Swedish Hammer Drill, Yah!) to drill through rock for fence posts when needed.  I was amazed how tough it was to drill through the solid rock but one by one we conquered it.

Drilling fence post holes during the Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project

Before long we had the entire group using every tool that was available.  We had people building fence while others raked damaged areas and transplanted vegetation.  It was gratifying to see how much work we could all get done so quickly.

Within two and a half hours we were almost done with what we expected would take most of the day.   Motivated to keep going, both groups joined forces and we decided to tackle an additional section of the trail.

Stringing fence wire for Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project

After we had completed our Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project we all enjoyed a satisfying lunch.  We took in the scenery and talked about the good work we had done.  It is our hope that we can help keep trails like Hell’s Revenge open for everyone’s use for years to come.  Before heading out we all joined together for a group photo!

Volunteers of the 2014 Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project

Group Photo of the 2014 Hell's Revenge Trail Restoration Project

The future access to our public lands is in your hands today.  Remember to enjoy responsible outdoor recreation, stay on dedicated trails and Tread Lightly!

Special thanks goes out to the Discount Tire Rally On the Rocks Event coordinators for helping to promote this project and for raising additional trail restoration funds during their 2014 event.  Also, thank you to Camp Chef for raffling a Camp Chef stove to the volunteers during this trail restoration project.

Additional Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project Content:

Video: Tread Lightly! Hell’s Revenge Trail Restoration Project Recap

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Pictures:  Additional photos from the Hells Revenge Trail Restoration Project

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See you out on the trails. – Don McNeilly