Carnage Canyon

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5/5 (3 reviews)
Johnson Village, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 05/09/2019
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Carnage Canyon, or Carnage BV as it is sometimes referred too, is an extreme rock crawling trail. Though it is less than a mile long, this trail will take the majority of the day to complete depending on the group size and the trail repairs needed. It is impossible to get through without a winch and a minimum of 37'' tires. Lockers are required and vehicle damage is almost a certainty. This route features huge boulders, daunting waterfall climbs, and a V-Notch obstacle that pushes most vehicles onto their sides. This trail should not be attempted if you do not meet the posted requirements at the trailhead.

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5/5 (3)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/03/2021

I only made it a little ways (my group knew what was ahead and called it before we got there), but it sure was fun navigating the gatekeeper and Boulder field.
Trail Review: Carnage Canyon - Matthew Rasband
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/09/2019

12” of snow the night before made for a fun and slippery day. We had to winch more that usual, but always a great day on this trail.
Trail Review: Carnage Canyon - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Carnage Canyon - Marcus Trusty
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Visited: 08/08/2015

We decided to join in on the fun of the Colorado Toyota Jamboree and hit the trail! Since we didn’t have a rig ready, we decided to hike along with the group. Luckily the sky stayed pretty cloudy so it was nice and cool. We had a variety of rigs in our group, about 9, from Jeep’s to Toyota’s to buggies of all shapes and sizes with a range of tire sizes from 35 inches all the way up to 49 inches! It’s been a while since I’ve seen this trail and it’s very washed out from all the heavy rain happening in the area. There was a good amount of body damage happening right off the bat on the entrance for those that had body panels. The group then got a bit caught up on the v-notch which is a very difficult part of the trail. Almost everyone had to winch up but some did make it unassisted. Once the first few rigs got up the group split up a bit and we continued with the front. We later learned that one truck near the back did flop there but was quickly rolled back over without issue. The exit was even nastier than the last time I’ve seen it. It’s a very steep, technical climb with giant ledges that you have to make two 90 degree turns on to get up. Everyone made it up, mostly without issue, and some without even winching, which is an amazing feat! Overall, damage to rigs was very minimal considering what this trail can do to you. Everyone had a great day!
Trail Review: Carnage Canyon - Lauren Martin

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