Watch These Riders Fail at Devil’s Elbow

Watch as a parade of riders attempt to navigate the famous Devil’s Elbow.

If you’re like us, side-by-sides and wheeling are about one thing: seeing what we can conquer.Screen capture courtesy of Michael Davis Outdoor Adventures

Capturing how technical a trail is with digital media isn’t easy. Michael Davis Outdoor Adventures recently dropped a video on its YouTube channel that does a famous obstacle, the Devil’s Elbow, real justice. This double-black-diamond rocky stairstep sits on Trail 54a at Windrock OHV Park in Oliver Springs, Tennessee.

The video shows folks lining up to test their driving ability and highly modified rigs against the Elbow’s steep, rocky ascent. From a slightly modified Kawasaki KRX 1000 to a wicked Polaris RZR Turbo S 4, each puts on a spectacular show. There’s even a graceful backflip.

Pin it to win it is certainly one way to make the climb. Local driveline shops stand at the ready.Screen capture courtesy of Michael Davis Outdoor Adventures

What’s the draw to this obstacle? First, it’s easily accessible from a main green trail. If you can handle it, 54a is a shortcut to a different area of the park that offers spectacular views. The Devil’s Elbow requires not just a modified rig to navigate; you’ll also need a keen eye, razor-sharp throttle control, and a clear line to make it without damage. Generally, riders take the long way round to reach the summit and then slide back down the Elbow, letting gravity do most of the work.

If you’re brave enough to attempt the Devil’s Elbow, regardless of how it goes, you can proudly wear that proverbial badge for all to see.Screen capture courtesy of Michael Davis Outdoor Adventures

The stairstep rock shelves act as stages for anyone brave enough to attempt this obstacle. Driver’s left still holds a dirt wall. A safety barrier of sorts. Driver’s right offers rock shelves that swing back around and dissolve into the hill. A typical attempt usually involves a driver aiming up the left side of the trail and hoping for the best. Most end up turning back, snapping an axle, or winching.