Hell’s Canyon…A trail that will test every piece of equipment on your Jeep. A trail that can and will break your junk. Some say that it is cursed. Some say that it is not designed for Jeeps. And I say it is my nemesis.
The trail head is located on Davis Creek Road in Duff, TN. The easiest way to find the trail is to follow your GPS directions to Woodson Gap Church. The trail head is just across the road from the churches parking lot.
The trail starts off mild with some muddy areas and some elevation incline. If there is one word that describes this trail, it would be “tight”. The trail is narrow and will give your rig some custom pin striping courtesy of mother nature.
You will get to drive under Hangover Rock through a small stream and then back up the mountain. Once up the hill you will hang a left to reach the first of many big challenges…. Hell’s Canyon. Hell’s Canyon is basically the gate keeper to the top of the mountain.
I have yet to see anyone in a Jeep make it up Hell’s Canyon. This is a bonified buggy hill. My rig on 42’s was no match for the undercut rocks. So I suggest you take the bypass and take it extremely slow as you will be off camber. Once you’re at the top of the obstacle you must squeeze your rig between a tree and a hard spot. Time to test the winch. This is just the beginning of what is to come, but its well worth the battle up the canyon. The view from the top is amazing and a great spot for photo’s and lunch.
After that, it continues with more tightness. Trees that are 65” apart from each other are tough to get full width axles through. These challenges last for what feels like hours, but the the mountain offers up one last photo opp under an arch with another great view of the valley.
If you are looking to challenge your rig and driving skills, then Hell’s Canyon is for you. But I must warn you, carnage is highly likely. I have broken an axle, mirror, dented doors, killed a steering pump, ripped a tire, blown a winch, and much more. On a scale of 1-10, I have got to rate this trail a 10.
Make sure to check out some incredible videos from the trail.