Upper Carnage  
USGS 7.5' Map: Boulder
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
Summary: Upper Carnage is a short section of 4WD road off the Lefthand Main road. It drops down to the gully bottom from 5 Points and connects back to Lefthand Main below "Squeeze Rock".
Attractions: Rock steps.
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
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.
Upper Carnage is a short alternate 4WD road off of the Lefthand Canyon Main 4WD road. It starts at the 5 points information kiosk and follows a gully 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 has a few rock ledges to climb in a narrow section of the gully. At the head of the gully 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 11/26/10       4WD Road driven 09/16/08       Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2011