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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

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