Canyoneering and canyon hiking - Robber's Roost
Historical Land of Outlaws - Now a hotbed of outdoor recreation
Canyoneering will be great this time of year in The Roost. Any water we encounter (let's hope there is some to cool us off) will be warm and canyons will be a nice shelter from June sun, as well as beautiful in their own right.
We now have a camping plan:
I had been debating where to camp in Robbers Roost. There is one main spot canyoneers like to go referred to as Motel 6, a derelict building with that name painted on one wall. There are many other smaller sites, some with juniper trees and some with no trees at all. In all that big area called Robbers Roost on the sketch map above, there is one sit-down toilet; and that one is just a pit with a concrete structure over it in a trailhead parking lot
Well, one of the group members sent me a message saying 'hey we camped at Duke's Slickrock Campground right in Hanksville and it was great' so . . .
that is where the group will camp (unless you opt to go elsewhere and just meet us for activities. There is plenty of FREE dispersed camping on BLM land all over southern Utah)
Dukes Slick Rock/RV and Campground
275 East Highway 24 Hanksville, Utah 84734
Phone is (435)[masked]
One of the members of Backpackers MeetUp has negotiated a $10/tent group rate for the campground. That includes showers. When you arrive, just tell the staff you are with WSA or Backpackers to get the $10/tent group rate.
Robbers Roost is a very spread out area. It is difficult to find one central location that gives good access to all or even many of the different canyon areas.
By camping right in Hanksville we have a number of advantages, including:
• Easy to find camp spot (in the Roost roads go every which way and it is easy to get lost looking for fellow campers)
• Access to gasoline (in the Roost you can burn a lot of gas going from one point to another and still have to come to Hanksville to fill up, especially those who are planning on 3 days)
• Restroom facilities at Duke's include indoor, flush toilets (there is one pit toilet in the whole Robbers Roost area) and showers.
• Camping on grass or for those with RVs, etc level ground and hook-ups.
• Those who want to go to the Roost can do that and if others want to hike or canyoneer off other directions, Hanksville is centrally located for that too.
• Cold beverages - access to ice to chill your water, suds or other items all the way to Monday.
You can come for one, two or all three days of the Holiday weekend. There will be canyoneering and hiking going on each day. Nothing is formally organized for you so please read the information on-line, bring any canyon, hike or other activity descriptions you want to do with you. This is a shared adventure weekend; like all of our meetup events, it is not a guided activity.
WHAT to DO:
My first choice is always technical canyoneering. I will list a wealth of canyoneering resources and suggested canyons down below.
Depending on condition of the roads, there are many canyons and a handful of hikes that can be done in this area. If you have a high clearance vehicle (and fill-up on gas in Green River) hikers can go all the way to access points for day hiking or backpacking into The Maze. Other suggested day hikes can be found in the Road Trip Ryan resource below.
Geocaching is another option for weekend events.
We will need persons to volunteer to be the organizer of various events this weekend so in the comments section of this page, please post what you want to do and if you are willing to help make that happen.
• Everything you want, need &/or usually bring for car camping, plus"
• Tables that can be used for your food prep and share for any group meals (think Saturday night potluck maybe?)
• Camp chairs
• All the ICE you will want or need for the weekend since it's a long drive to Hanksville or Green River
• Shade Tarps of any sort and lots of stakes & poles to make and keep them wind-proof
• Water - at least 1 gallon/person/day. More is suggested.
• Sun & Bug protection. There is almost always sun. It can never be predicted if there may be bugs
• Gloves especially if you are doing technical canyons but even for scrambling hikes to protect from abrasion on sandstone
• First aid kit since we are a long way from anywhere (small for pack and larger for car or camp?) Include needle nose pliers or other ways to remove cactus thorns; a possibility on UT hikes almost no matter where you go.
There are, within an hour's drive, non-technical canyons that give you the slot canyon experience i.e.
Little Wild Horse & Bell - classic. Most Utah canyoneers began right here
Ding & Dang - then from Little Wild Horse they progressed to this. And, from here, Moonshine Wash then beyond if you are hooked.
Crack Canyon (I have not done this one so cannot tell you anything but what is written)
Moonshine Wash is another canyon that is infrequently visited that will give you the 'feel' of canyoneering with very little of the commitment of more serious stuff. A high clearance vehicle can shorten the walk by about 1.25 miles each direction but you can access this canyon with any vehicle.
Horseshoe Canyon with its beauty and its spectacular rock art is a MUST SEE/DO in this area.
Wild Horse Window is about 2-3 hours round trip and very worthwhile
• Road Trip Ryan (formerly AJ Road Trips) has a wealth of suggested technical canyons and a handful of hikes
•Heat safety awareness (it can be HOT in desert Utah this time of year, yeah!)
RESOURCES (technical canyoneering)
• Blue John East and Main Forks (a blog report)
• 13er Girl For the best collection of photos of all the canyons she has done
• BOGLEY.com trips reports from far & wide including Robbers Roost
• CLIMB-UTAH.com here is the index list of canyon descriptions & 2 hikes
• Canyoneering gear according to Shane Boroughs of Climb-Utah
• Technical Canyoneering Primer adapted from Climb-Utah
***ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of RISK***
We ask each participant to please read the A of R. If you are in agreement with it; come on along.
Doug Van Etten [masked]