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 trail head 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.
Scenery: 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 Trail: 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. Your tires may slip a little even on the bypass. After passing through a low area that often stands with a foot or more of water and passing by a ridge that overlooks Lion’s back and the Moab Dump, the slick rock fun begins. Steep ascents, sharp turns and steep descents will be the order of the day. Keep the vehicle in front closely in sight or you can get into serious trouble fast. A steep hair-raising descent on a narrow ridge allows no room for error left or right. As you start the decent your side x side’s hood will drop a long way before you can even see the narrow ridge top in front. After that is the Tip-Over Challenge which has seen many a rigs rise to the challenge and tip over. The Rubble Trouble Hill leads the way back toward smoother roadway and civilization.