Closed - Upper Carnage  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Boulder
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Moderate 6 FR286E 0.5 7000 ft. Rock - 1 0.5-1 hours
County: Boulder
Adopted by: Trailridge Runners 4WD Club P.O. Box 1716, Longmont, CO 80502  
Managed by: Roosevelt National Forest,
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
303-541-2500
Summary: Upper Carnage was destroyed in the 2013 Colorado Flood. It was a short section of 4WD road off the Lefthand Main road. It use to drop down to the gully bottom from 5 Points and connect back to Lefthand Main below "Squeeze Rock".
Attractions: Rock steps
Seasonal
Closure:
Open all year. Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - Best, unless muddy
July - Best
August - Best, unless heavy rains
September - Best
October - Best, unless early snows
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Cavanaugh's Trail FT838 - Motorcycle (less than 50 inches)
Camping: There are a few dispersed sites near the east end at 5 Points.
Base Camp: Not a good area to base camp.
Fall Colors: No Aspen in the area.
Navigation: From Boulder take Hwy 36 north to Altona. Head west on County Road 94 for about 4 miles. You will pass Buckingham Park where Old Stage Road ties in with County Road 94. Continue west on County Road 94 to the Lefthand Canyon OHV network parking lot. Take Lefthand Canyon Main 4WD road about 1 mile to 5 Points where there is an information kiosk. Upper Carnage is the road that continues from 5 Points in the gully below Lefthand Canyon Main 4WD road.
History: Upper Carnage was originally built as access to the mine at the head of the gully.
Description:
Upper Carnage was completely destroyed by the 2013 Colorado Flood. The rain event that happened mid September of 2013 saturated the surrounding hills and all the water flowed down the main gulch of Lefthand Canyon OHV Area. This flow cut through the bottom of the gulch, which contained Upper Carnage 4WD road, and moved large masses of earth and rocks completely destroying the road.

Upper Carnage Canyon
2013 Flood Damage

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg


Upper Carnage Canyon
2013 Flood Damage

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg


Upper Carnage Canyon
2013 Flood Damage

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg


Upper Carnage Canyon
2013 Flood Damage

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

Upper Carnage use to be a short alternate 4WD road off of the Lefthand Canyon Main 4WD road. It started at the 5 points information kiosk and followed a gulch to its head before climbing a set of switchbacks and connecting back in to Lefthand Canyon Main just before "Squeeze Rock". The upper section of Upper Carnage had a few rock ledges to climb in a narrow section of the gulch. At the head of the gulch is the Cavanaugh's Trail FT838 motorcycle trailhead that continues up tieing in with Fireman's Hill 4WD road. There is also the remains of an old mine evident by the tailings.
Data updated - December 16, 2014      4WD Road driven - September 16, 2008      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2014