Summary: The 5+ rated Hell’s Revenge trail exposes great expanses of “Slick Rock” (sandstone) with slopes so steep you will wonder if your tires can maintain traction. The very steep climbs and descents on the slick rock are not for the faint of heart and cannot be bypassed. Hell’s Revenge crosses the famous “Slickrock Bike Trail,” a mountain-bicycle trail.
Location: The Hell’s Revenge trailhead is a little over a mile northeast of Moab on Sand Flats Road. Don’t miss seeing “America’s most scenic dump” (the Moab landfill) along the right just after you top the ridge and the famous Lion’s Back on the left just beyond.
The Trail: This may be the most popular trail in Moab. It’s very close to town, not too long, challenging in a fun way and amazingly scenic. If you only have time for one difficult trail, this is the one you want to do. The trail is intertwined with the Slickrock Bike Trail. There is a small fee to enter the Sand Flats Recreation Area.
From high points on the broad expanses of slick rock, views include the La Sal Mountains and more and more slick rock. The lunch break is often taken on a breathtaking overlook of the Colorado River gorge above Highway 128.
The first optional obstacle is just off the paving of Sand Flats Road. The “Dump Bump” is the most difficult way to mount the sandstone fin that begins the trail. Steep ascents, sharp turns, and steep descents will be the order of the day. A steep hair-raising descent on a narrow ridge allows no room for error left or right. As you start the descent your side x side’s hood will drop a long way before you can even see the narrow ridge top in front.
Note: When registering for the event, please be advised there are two separate groups on the Hell’s Revenge trail on the same day. They are referred to as “Hell’s Revenge” and “Hell’s Revenge 2”. The #2 group starts a few minutes after the first group has departed and is the same trail.